Tennis fans know all about love. At the 2017 U.S. Open, they’re passionate about seeing Roger Federer, at age 36, continue his extraordinary season and make a run at his third Grand Slam title this year—and his 20th overall. On the women’s draw, New York fans will surely be rooting for 37-year-old Venus Williams to win her third Open—particularly when her younger sister, Serena, is not in the draw—but expecting big news of her own.
Of course, what many of those at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center come to see who is not on the court, but who is in the stands—the royalty of Hollywood, sports, politics, and business who come to watch tennis in Queens.
At the opening night gala, Shania Twain—who was celebrating her 52nd birthday—performed for a crowd that included Pharrell Williams, Lin-Manual Miranda, Gayle King and Megyn Kelly.
Also spotted were perennial Open fans Alec Baldwin, Martha Stewart and Katie Couric.
There were even athletes from other sports, including golfer Greg Norman and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (who was spotted at the Mayweather-McGregor fight last weekend).
And some, like actor Keegan-Michael Key, understood that the key to enjoying U.S. Open tennis—particularly night matches in New York—is to get a cocktail and hold court at courtside.
But the best sighting in the opening round came on the second night: When 87-year-old Sean Connery was spotted at the Roger Federer match, he was shown on the stadium screen as it played the James Bond theme. Call it “From Flushing with Love.”