In addition to being one of the biggest tournaments on the tennis calendar, the US Open is a grand spectacle that blends New York culture and personality. Many casual viewers look forward to the various celebrity and athlete cameos that comprise this unique event. The signature Flushing flare is an essential part of this proud tennis tradition.
Thursday afternoon, New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso was happy to join in on the fun. With the 61-73 club enjoying an off day before beginning a weekend series with the Seattle Mariners, the All-Star first baseman decided to test out his power with a tennis racquet. He treated a select few who were dwelling in the stands and suites of the world-famous Arthur Ashe Stadium to a tennis-style home run derby.
Pete Alonso stopped by the #USOpen.
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Alonso was not quite able to launch a ball to the upper deck, but he repeatedly reached the suites. True to form, one of the boisterous fans recommended he use a baseball bat. Mets fans are hoping they get to see the Polar Bear's big swing for many years to come. It appears they will get their wish, for the time being at least.
Despite being speculated as a potential offseason trade candidate, Pete Alonso is reportedly expected to be on the 2024 Opening Day roster. The 28-year-old is having a down year, hitting only .220 with a .326 on-base percentage. Though, he is still on pace to belt 40 home runs and drive in over 100 runs. That type of elite power is treasured in today's game and has endeared him to the city and passionate fan base.
But Alonso's connection with Queens goes beyond just the baseball diamond. His commitment to the area cannot be denied. Smacking some tennis balls at the US Open is just another example of his ongoing love affair with New York.