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US Open Championship Trophies Go on Vacation in Bermuda

The US Open Trophies have an exciting announcement – Bermuda will be the exclusive tourism partner of the US Open Tennis Championships. Kicking off the partnership with the 2019 US Open in New York City, the mens’ and females’ US Open Championships singles trophies left Arthur Ashe Stadium and hopped the 90-minute flight from New York to Bermuda for a mini-break.

A dip in a cave, zipping to the beach in eco-friendly, electric cars, watching the sunset from a centuries old fort, these are just some of the things this pair managed to squeeze into their flying visit to the island.

Out here, that’s what we call an advantage.

It’s a trip the couple have longed to take together after discovering they have familial ties with the island. According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Mary Ewing Outerbridge, born in America to Bermudian parents, first came across the game while visiting her family’s home in 1874, picking it up from British officers stationed in Bermuda. Heading back to New York with tennis equipment, she introduced the sport to Staten Island, earning her the title, Mother of American Tennis.

Morning

Always game for mixed doubles, the pair rented a two-seater Twizy, a compact electric car, from Current Vehicles at The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club and headed east to Flatts Village. 

Their first serve was to enjoy the  colourful, neighbourhood oasis with the best views of Harrington Sound and Flatts inlet on the dock.  After all, it’s one of the most Instagrammable locations on the island.

Further east, they took a therapeutic dip in Cathedral Cave. This gorgeous, subterranean pool in Grotto Bay Resort’s tropical garden is lit from within and framed by stalactites. They dried off and headed next door to Prospero’s Cave, an underground spa, for a quick buff and shine.

Afternoon

A trip to Bermuda is not complete without a visit to bucket-list-worthy South Shore. After a smooth ride to the western parishes, they stopped and took in the views from the sideline, posing for a picture over Warwick Long Bay one of Bermuda's longest and most scenic beaches with a coral island visible just offshore.

With their silver risers in pink sands, they walked the trails to Stonehole Bay, an idyllic cove between Warwick and Horseshoe Bay before getting back in the Twizy, posing once more at the Princess Beach Club peninsula to show off their fresh, pre-summer glow.

Evening

They drove through Southampton and West Whale Bay, crossing the miniature Somerset Bridge to climb the heights to Scaur Hill Fort & Park. Situated atop the island’s highest hill, it is the worth it for the views alone. Taking in the sights of Ely’s Harbour overhead, it was the perfect spot to watch the sun go down.

The 2019 US Open will take place from August 26 to September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

As summer comes to a close in the city, Bermuda is just an hour and a half away. Active adventure is always in season out here.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority is working in conjunction with the USTA, USTA Player Development and the USTA Foundation to create a new, multifaceted event to take place in Bermuda in 2020. The event will feature a Pro-Am, kids’ clinics as well as exhibitions with tennis legends and rising American players.