Photos by Palma Kolansky (Branford Marsalis) and Sasha Samsonova (Harry Connick, Jr.)
Ahead of the U.S. Open Men’s Final between Dominic Thiem and Alexander Sverev, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. will perform “America the Beautiful” in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the match will be held. The match begins at 4 p.m. ET today, Sept. 13.
Connick has performed “America the Beautiful” at the Open on two prior occasions in 2001 and 2008. This will be the first time Marsalis will perform at the US Open.
“We overcame many challenges and obstacles to reach this point and are incredibly appreciative we were able to showcase our sport at the highest level to the world,” said Patrick Galbraith, USTA Chairman of the Board and President (via press release). “What’s sure to be a stirring performance by Harry and Branford will be a fitting capstone on this historic achievement.”
Tune in today on ESPN at 4 p.m. ET.