USTA renovations emulate the current ambition of U.S. tennis

Friday August 16th, 2013
With the planned roof, there will no longer be any rain delays to matches held on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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This is what ambition sounds like now in American tennis. The only great hopes that the USTA has now is that the city-issued bonds it will need to help fund this project will come tax-free, to help keep the costs of the project down. There are no more big, bold bets on the future -- just punts and hedges. The new Billie Jean King National Tennis Center isn't a landmark for the future. It's a monument to the past, when American tennis dared to dream of doing something it had no business doing -- dominating the sport in every conceivable way -- did it big, and watched gleefully as the rest of the world suddenly struggled to keep pace. Clearly, those days are through.

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