As a avid tennis fan and a Queens resident, I am very familiar with the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, in Queens, NY.
It became the home of the U. S. Open in 1978, when the venue moved from Forest Hills. When first opened, the Louis Armstrong Stadium was the premier court of the U. S. Open. It was originally the Singer Bowl at the 1964 World’s Fair.
Apparently now, it has outlived its usefulness (50 years) and will be replaced. Completion is scheduled for 2018.
But that is not the purpose of this blog.
A few days ago, while attending the tennis matches, Tony Bennett (now age 90) spoke to the broadcasters about the correct pronunciation of Armstrong’s name. He explained that his first name is pronounced “Lew-is” (not “Loo-ee”).
The matches will continue through Sunday, and you may tune in to the broadcasts to see for yourself whether or not Bennett was effective in his plea.