Moving from Beale Street to Hempstead Turnpike, the inaugural New York Open debuts Monday at Nassau Coliseum with a different tennis look for the ATP tour — black-colored courts.
Most indoor tournaments use blue or green. The Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment group that took the tournament from Memphis, Tenn., to the Coliseum wanted to be different.
“The New York Open is a new event and we wanted to make it memorable from Day 1,’’ tournament director Josh Ripple told The Post. “Petitioning the ATP for black courts was a way to do something different and we’re thrilled with how the courts have come together. Fans are in for a special experience.”
It’s also noted the Brooklyn group has a fondness for black. The conglomeration also runs Barclays Center, home to the Nets, whose color scheme happens to be black and white. The inaugural Laver Cup, an exhibition event played in the Czech Republic, was the first to use black courts — manufactured in Germany — last September.
An ATP staple, it was called the Memphis Open for 41 years before declining attendance led to it moving. Perhaps the nosedive of American men’s tennis was a factor, but a new group is emerging to give a shot of adrenaline for U.S. tennis and perhaps the New York Open.
Among the Americans in the field are Sam Querrey, a Wimbledon semifinalist, the hard-hitting young phenom Frances Tiafoe, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison and longtime American veteran John Isner. U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson, who is from Australia, also will play.
There’s some local flavor. In their first matchup ever, Long Island’s Noah Rubin will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori, a former U.S. Open finalist and a four-time champion of this tournament when it was in Memphis.
In another intriguing first-rounder at 10 a.m. Monday, the 20-year-old Tiafoe takes on 2018 Australian Open boys’ singles champion and 17-year-old Sebastian Korda, another young American hopeful and son of Petr Korda, once ranked No. 2 in the world and the winner of the 1998 Australian Open.
The event was to kick off Sunday night with an exhibition between slumping defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard.
Published at Sun, 11 Feb 2018 23:53:20 +0000