Friday, April 14, 2023

2023 U.S. Open Poster Unveiled

Exciting to see this year's U.S. Open poster, featuring Billie Jean King and celebrating 50 years of equal prize money at our country's tennis major. Here's hoping women's tennis in general gets its finances in order soon. Protesting China was a costly move that got them praise but little else. (Did they really think a communist nation was going to fold over its treatment of Peng Shuai?) 

This coming September also marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Sexes, where 90 million viewers tuned in to watch Billie Jean beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets for the winner-takes-all $100,000 prize! For unfair comparison's sake, the 2022 U.S. Open on ESPN averaged 1.21 million viewers over the two weeks -- how I miss the Golden Era of tennis! 

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