| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The New York Open will be the first and only tennis tournament to offer New Yorkers a unique opportunity to express their passion for tennis by competing for New York’s “Golden Apple” Award and earning recognition as one of New York’s best tennis players. Set for July 4-7, former Mayor David N. Dinkins will serve as honorary chairman of the event. The mission of the New York Open is to offer a true open tournament that promotes tennis in New York City by providing a unique platform for players, and the highest-quality fan experience. The format will include Men’s and Women’s Open Singles and Doubles. Prize money will be offered.

The organizer of the New York Open at Forest Hills is Tennis in New York Inc., a not-for-profit founded by Dale G. Caldwell, former president of USTA Eastern. Tennis in New York was established to promote tennis and preserve its history in New York. The organization will also support New York tennis programs offered to “at risk” youth.

In addition to tennis, The New York Open at Forest Hills will feature a Four-Day Tennis Festival that will include jazz, film, and others family-friendly highlights.

Schedule of events
►Opening Day (July 4th) Play begins at 10:00 a.m.; New York Open Jazz Festival; New York Book Festival; New York Open Family Fun Festival; Player, VIP & Club Member Cocktail reception.
►Day 2 (July 5) Play continues; New York Open Family Fun Festival continues
►Day 3 (July 6) Play continues; David Dinkins Family Day; New York Open Film Festival; New York Open Book Festival, New York Open Family Fun Festival; New York Open Jazz Festival
►Day 4 (July 7) “Breakfast at Wimbledon” viewing of Wimbledon Finals on large-screen TV, served up with traditional British strawberries and cream, followed by the New York Open Men’s & Women’s Finals. New York Open Family Fun Festival; New York Open Fashion Show.

The West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills was the original home of the U.S. Open. This Grand Slam event was played at Forest Hills from 1968-1977—when it moved to Flushing Meadows. Currently celebrating its 100th anniversary in Forest Hills, other moments from the Club’s historic past include:

►Arthur Ashe broke the color barrier and won the first U.S. Open at Forest Hills in 1968
►Billie Jean King became the first American woman to win the U.S. Open at Forest Hills
►Iconic American tennis champion Chrissie Evert played her debut match at Forest Hills.