Next Monday marks the start of the US Open tennis tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Practically my backyard. But before 1978, the event was held at Forest Hills Stadium in (where else) Forest Hills, Queens. Players like Billie Jean, Althea Gibson, and Arthur Ashe made history there, even as the event outgrew the stadium and the neighborhood. (The stadium has no parking, and the neighborhood really doesn’t either.) Moribund for years, Forest Hills Stadium has recently been renovated as an outdoor concert venue, though it still hosts the occasional tennis tourney, and the surrounding West Side Tennis Club is still going strong. NYC is not what anyone would call a hotbed for tennis, but I like that for two weeks every year, the world’s best come to Queens and cast aside the well mannered crowds of Wimbledon for the noise of the Big Apple.
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As ever, all sports topics welcome.