As part of the launch of our Be Open initiative, the USTA and the US Open are making a bold commitment to advance inclusivity and diversity through the sport we love.
From being the first Grand Slam to offer equal prize money to men and women back in 1973, to naming our center court stadium after the boundary-breaking Arthur Ashe, to championing our LGBTQ players and fans, to promoting adaptive tennis programs through grants and scholarships—we believe great things happen when we are all a little more open.
For the 2020 US Open, we want to use our platform in a meaningful way. So we are bringing the Black Lives Matter conversation to the forefront of our event. We found 18 Black and BIPOC artists to transform front-row seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
While the world’s greatest tennis players battle it out for the millions watching from home, this art installation will get people talking, and thinking about the issues.
Explore the artwork and learn more about each artist through the links, e-book and video below.
Alexandre Keto – “Legacy”
Alisha Wilkerson – “Queen”
Boyd Samuels – “Lady Solidarity”
Brittany Williams – “Resilience”
Cheryl R. Riley – “Black Lives Have Mattered”
Delano Dunn – “Lights Keep Fading”
El Souls – “Faith”
Foremost – “Reflection”
Janel Young – “Be Open To…”
Liz Montague – “Black Joy”
Madina Reece – “Emerge”
Megan Lewis – “Protect Blk Women Period”
Nikkolas Smith – “Break Point”
Ron Haywood Jones – “In Anger Still We March”
Sammy Jean Wilson – “The New Black ABC’s: (E is for everybody)”
Sevah Darbouze – “Rising From the Blue”
Sophia Dawson – “Young Eric Garner… Isaiah 54:13”
VBallentine – “Wind At Her Back”
With special thanks and gratitude for her contribution to this project: Patrisse Cullors, an American artist and activist, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.