Novak Djokovic and Jane Brown Grimes, Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) preside over the Opening Bell to celebrate the 2008 US Open and the 40th anniversary of the Open Era.
Opening Night on August 25 will launch the celebration with an on-court ceremony highlighting the 40 US Open singles champions since 1968. Throughout the tournament, the US Open will feature additional celebrations and special tributes to past champions.
Novak Djokovic captured a bronze medal in men's singles at the Olympics in Beijing last week. Djokovic, the reigning Australian Open men's singles champion, finished runner-up to Roger Federer at last year's US Open.
About the USTA:
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level - - from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 725,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game.
For more information about the USTA, please visit usta.com.