It is no secret that New York has fallen in love with the U.S. Open.
Since the championship moved from the West Side Tennis Center in Forest Hills to its current home at the old 1964 World’s Fair grounds in 1978, the bond between fans and players has grown immensely.
The first major to have a night session, the Open brings a unique atmosphere to the sport that is not seen in many other arenas. The constant buzz of the crowd and their strong knowledge of tennis give these two weeks an almost gladiator kind of feel.
If you can give your all out there, the fans will embrace you like they have the greats of the game for previous generations. From Arthur Ashe to Roger Federer, these players have been adopted by New Yorkers as their own and have become as important a part of the sports landscape as the Yankees, Knicks and Giants.
Here are some of the most beloved players to play in the Open era.