Thursday, September 8, 2016

2225. Courting the finest

US Open is well underway
Oh, what fantastic tennis they play!
Folks have been given thrills
Since 'twas named "Forest Hills"
Back when amateurs played for no pay.

Although called "Open," tennis professionals were not allowed until 1968.  At that time, the tournament was played on the grass courts of The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens.  Ten years later, the tournament moved to the hard courts of the newly-built National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens -- site of both the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs.

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