What Serena Williams And Roger Federer Have On Their iPods
While Wimbledon is known for its respect for tradition, white outfits, and most of all, silence, the US Open is a rollicking free for all. The U.S Open's executive producer, Michael Fiur, exclusively reveals to BuzzFeed what gets the top seeded players' adrenaline pumping.
At Arthur Ashe Stadium, the US Open's largest venue, music blares from the speakers as players walk out onto the court, during warm ups and change overs. This year Jordan Sparks opened the games with a concert at Arthur Ashe before the players took the court. And the players are invited to help get the crowd psyched to their favorite music. The top seeded players are asked what's on their iPod, and are permitted to request three songs to be played during their match when they're warming up and walking out onto the court. Sixty songs were submitted this year.
Since only the top seeded players are asked for their requests and usually play on Ashe, upstarts who've made it to the premiere venue often seek out the U.S Open's Entertainment Team to request their favorite songs to be played during their Ashe games.