Shania Twain to headline Opening Night Ceremony
US Open Tennis Championships
By Ashley Marshall
July 13, 2017
Global superstar Shania Twain will headline the Opening Night Ceremony at the 2017 US Open to kick off the 20th anniversary celebrations of Arthur Ashe Stadium in style.
With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide, five-time GRAMMY Award winner Twain is the top-selling female country artist of all time.
Considered the reigning Queen of Country Pop, the Canadian singer-songwriter has an immediately recognizable voice and style that has captivated audiences and spanned both generations and genres.
Her performance prior to the evening session’s matches on Monday, Aug. 28, is expected to feature some of her biggest hits, as well as songs from her upcoming album entitled “NOW,” her first album since 2002, which will be released on Sept. 29.
Twain’s performance coincides with the 20th anniversary of her blockbuster album “Come On Over,” the best-selling country album of all time. It will be followed by a special rendition of the National Anthem by a performer to be named later, who will be accompanied by the FDNY Color Guard and NYPD Honor Guard for the 16th consecutive year.
Twain’s other albums include her platinum-selling 1993 debut “Shania Twain”; her GRAMMY-winning, double-diamond selling 1995 release “The Woman in Me”; and her third consecutive diamond-selling album release “UP!”
The only female to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award, Twain has also had a string of top singles hits, including “Man! I feel Like a Woman!,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You).”
Prior to Twain’s performance, USTA President Katrina Adams and tennis icon Billie Jean King will start the celebration of Arthur Ashe Stadium, which opened in 1997 and has served as the centerpiece of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for two decades. The ceremony will be televised live on ESPN2 in the U.S. and by a host of international broadcasters around the world.
Previous Opening Night Ceremony performers have included Phil Collins (2016), Josh Groban (2015), Fitz & the Tantrums (2014) and Lenny Kravitz (2013). Whitney Houston performed at the opening of Arthur Ashe Stadium in 1997, singing “One Moment in Time.”
Boasting a capacity of more than 23,000, Arthur Ashe Stadium became the largest tennis-only stadium in the world, allowing the Open to welcome more than half a million more fans than when its namesake won the men’s singles championship in 1968.
In 2016, the stadium added a retractable roof, banishing rain delays to the historical record and ensuring that its loyal legion of supporters would continue to experience the grandeur of US Open tennis – and again providing the ultimate showcase for the world’s finest players to complete the toughest two weeks in tennis in the highest of styles.
.@ShaniaTwain talks about her future "dream come true" performance at the #USOpen Opening Night Ceremony. ??: @espn https://t.co/3L5vm7NhAB pic.twitter.com/Dbtz0laW6Y— US Open Tennis (@usopen) July 13, 2017