The 2019 US Open finished late on Sunday night, following an epic encounter between Rafael Nadal and this season’s surprise package, Daniil Medvedev. Nadal, 33, beat the Russian 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 in four hours 50 minutes in New York to win his 19th Grand Slam title.
In the women’s final, the brilliant young Canadian Bianca Andreescu quietly took Serena Williams apart, much to the chagrin of the partisan New York crowd. But, despite a brief rally from Williams in the second set, no one could argue that Andreescu deserved her maiden Grand Slam victory – in just her first appearance in the Main Draw at the US.
It feels like such a long time ago now, but a good three and a half weeks before the Main Draw started on 26 August, a combined Gearhouse Broadcast UK and France team had been busy preparing Flushing Meadows to host the tournament, including full Host Broadcast facilities and technical support for the broadcaster’s domestic and international shows. Additional facilities were also rigged to cover the outer courts and the USTA Technical Operations Centre, ready for the Qualifiers that ran for a week from 19 August.
Getting everything set up and ready for the first day’s play required a full Gearhouse crew of 60 working onsite, installing, integrating and testing the core Host Broadcast Facilities. Gearhouse’s sister company, HyperActive Broadcast, was also present, supplying 14 Avid Media Composer suites along with Avid Interplay servers and storage, making the US Open a true Gravity Media endeavour.
Meanwhile, the Gearhouse Broadcast France team had additional responsibility to supply and support all the RF cams needed for the event, which was the 139th edition of the US Open, and the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year – and what a belter it was.