U.S. Open atmosphere strikes a chord with top players

Sat Sep 6, 2014 11:49am EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Serena Williams walks out for the U.S. Open final on Sunday, she will do so with her favorite music booming out in the background.

The U.S. Open is the only one of the four grand slam events to play music consistently before and during matches and the players have been embracing it.

"I think it's great," said two-time defending champion Williams, who chose Katy Perry's "Roar" as the music she would most like to walk on to.

"I love that song Roar," she said. "I listen to it all the time. I love Katy Perry and I think it's an inspiring song. I love the words to it."

Players are invited to pass on a few songs they would like to hear if they are lucky enough to play on Arthur Ashe stadium.

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, the runner-up at Wimbledon in July, said the atmosphere is unlike any other tournament.

"The changeovers were like a party scene on the court, (with) the loud music, the fans," she said.

"It was definitely an entertainment type of experience. I think that's really cool for the fans to get into it."   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning match point against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their semi-final match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 5, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar