For the first time since the United States experienced the attacks of 9/11/2001, the men’s finals of this year’s US Open will fall on that exact date.
And the New York Daily News reports that the inscription "9-11-01" will appear on the hard court for the weekend when the Open crowns both its men's and women's champions.
New Jersey's Queen Latifah, born and raised in East Orange, will be hosting a memorial tribute which will be held before the men's final, according to the New York Post. Latifah also appeared at the Open ceremony on the one-year anniversary. A flag will be unfurled to cover the entire court during the ceremony.
According to Tennis Now, no American male has taken the US Open tournament since Andy Roddick won in 2003. Serena Williams was the last American woman to win, that occurring in 2008.
In 2001 Roddick was 19 years old, and was defeated in the quarter-finals by winner Lleyton Hewitt. Roddick’s original plan after the tournament was to stay in New York for a concert, but instead he went to his parents' home in Florida.