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Opening Night Ceremony to Celebrate New Retractable Roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium Performance will be Collins’ First Major Public Appearance in Six Years

NEW YORK (SMI-WIRE,08.09.16)White Plains, N.Y., August 09, 2016 – The USTA today announced generational icon and cultural legend Phil Collins will perform during the Opening Night Ceremonies for the 2016 US Open on the evening of Monday, August 29, in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  The performance, Collins’ first major public appearancein six years, will be televised live by ESPN2 in the United States and by a host of international broadcasters around the world. 

The Opening Night Ceremony will celebrate the new retractable roof built over Arthur Ashe Stadium that will be operational for the first time in 2016.  The massive structure, which contains more than 6,500 tons of steel, is the largest retractable roof in tennis and took three years to complete. For the ceremony, the Oscar winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform his debut solo single, “In the Air Tonight,” which is the opening track on his forthcoming album, “The Singles,” to be released in October along with the publication of his autobiography, “Not Dead Yet.” 

Prior to Collins’ performance, USTA Chairman of the Board Katrina Adams, tennis icon Billie Jean King, and other special guests will welcome the fans to this year’s US Open.  Following his performance, a special rendition of the National Anthem will be sung by a performer to be named later, and will be accompanied by the FDNY Color Guard and NYPD Honor Guard for the 15th consecutive year. 

Songwriter, singer, drummer, frontman, producer, collaborator, actor, and Broadway composer, Collins and his music are instantaneously recognized around the world.  He is one of only three recording artists – along with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney – to sell more than 100 million albums as a solo artist and as a member of a band. 

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2016 marks the second year of an 11-year partnership between the USTA and ESPN. During this year’s US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air nearly 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,200 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3 on WatchESPN, which will also be available via the US Open website –  US Open tickets can be purchased: at; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports  wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families..

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