US Open to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks

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“9-11-01” will be painted on the centre court in Arthur Ashe Stadium during for the men’s and women’s singles finals to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The temporary display will be painted across the net on the umpire’s and the player’s seats side. The logo that normally encircles the upper ring of the Arthur Ashe Stadium will also be replaced with an 9-11 memorial logo. These changes will be made on the second Friday of the tournament, just before the finals.

There is a plan to increase security at the US Open 2011 and and the men’s finalists will enter the court through an honor guard comprised of members of the New York Police Department, the Fire Department of New York and the Port Authority Police. During each ceremony a giant American Flag will be unfolded over the center court and there will be a moment of silence to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Prior the start of the women’s final on September 10, Cindy Lauper will pay tribute by performing on the centre court. On Sunday, September 11, Queen Latifah will be the one to preside over a tribute just before the men’s finals.

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