Just a few weeks before the start of the 2023 US Open, Vanity Fair magazine published a series of photos featuring American tennis players from the ATP and WTA who took part in an elegant photoshoot.
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Against an abstract and dark background, the athletes were dressed in sophisticated suits set in a subtle blue-toned ambiance. On the men's side, participants included Frances Tiafoe, Ben Shelton, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda, Maxime Cressy, Mackenzie McDonald, and Michael Mmoh.
"The pics are incredible and unique. These are the kinds of things that grow the sport - exposure in a general-interest magazine that's outside the tiny ecosystem and social-media bubble."
"OKAY. TENNIS PHOTOSHOOT OF THE YEAR"
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"Great feature to take tennis to a wider audience, even though “emerging” might not be the most fitting adjective for some (if not most).Also did Mackie McDonald eat this, or is it because I have a soft spot for him ? And last but not least where are Taylor, Coco and Sloane ?"
In 2023, North American tennis players will aim to break the 20-year streak without national champions in the fourth Grand Slam of the year. Despite the dominance of the big 3 in recent years, the US Open has been the Grand Slam with the highest diversity of champions.
Among the last 19 editions, there have been 10 different champions. The most recent instance of a national champion winning the tournament was in 2003, when Andy Roddick defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. Roddick was also the last American finalist in 2006, but he was defeated by Roger Federer.
On the women's side, the last American champion was Sloane Stephens in 2017, who defeated her compatriot Madison Keys in the final. In both 2018 and 2019, Serena Williams reached the final, but she was defeated on both occasions, first by Naomi Osaka and then by Bianca Andreescu