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Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit

Celebrities join the crowds to cheer on players as Grand Slam event opens in New York

Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer returns a shot to Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during their US Open 2011 match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York August 29. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Fans watch fireworks shoot off during the opening ceremony of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 29, in New York City. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Martina Navratilova (C) and former New York City mayor David Dinkins (R) watch the opening ceremony during Day One of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer did not have it all his own way in the first round, but finished strongly to defeat Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-3 6-2 in the Monday night session at the US Open. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Musician Tony Bennett (C), Susan Crow (2L), and chairman of the board and president of the USTA Jon Vejosen (R) attend Day One of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 29 in New York. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg watches Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia during Day One of the 2011 US Open in New York. (Gerry Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Editor in chief of Vogue Anna Wintour watches Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia during Day One of the 2011 US Open in New York. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Golfer Chris DiMarco attends Day One of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 29 in New York. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Fans watch fireworks shoot off during the opening ceremony of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 29. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Musician Tony Bennett talks with tennis broadcaster Pam Shriver during the match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Santiago Giraldo of Colombia during Day One of the 2011 US Open. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
US tennis player Venus Williams returns a shot to Russia's Vesna Dolonts during their US Open 2011 match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
A general view of court 17 is seen as the sun sets during Day One of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 29. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium is seen as the sun sets during Day One of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 29. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
US tennis player Venus Williams celebrates after winning against Russia's Vesna Dolonts during their US Open 2011 match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York August 29. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
The umpire has his microphone handed back to him after it was knocked off during play between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Santiago Giraldo of Colombia during Day One of the 2011 US Open in New York. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Actor Alec Baldwin attends the 2011 US Open opening night ceremony at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 29. (Getty Images)
Hurricane aftermath fails to hamper US Open spirit
Exterior view of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre during the 2011 US Open opening night ceremony on August 29 in New York City. (Getty Images)