The 2020 French Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It is held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
The Semi-Finals for the men and women divisions start on Saturday Oct. 10!
Since its beginning is 1891, the French Open, held at Roland-Garros has been a worldwide destination for both the players and the audience.
It is down to two as Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin squares off against Iga Swiatek, the teenager from Poland, appearing in her maiden Grand Slam final.
Kenin, the No.4 seed, looks to add a second major trophy in 2020 following her breakthrough triumph at Melbourne Park, while Swiatek bids to cap a barnstorming run, having passed the fourth round at a major for the first time.
Dear Wine Lover,
Nick and I are currently in a rather rainy Burgundy, masks and hand sanitizer at the ready, with me getting a fix on the 2019 vintage to be offered early next year, hoping this may be particularly useful to wine lovers. Frédéric Lafarge always kindly constructs the temporary ‘desk’ pictured here for me and my laptop. All the producers I have encountered so far report that their diaries are unusually empty, with practically no visitors from either Asia or America and not many Europeans during what is usually the region’s busiest time for tastings. A 2021 version of London’s annual Burgundy Week in January, with its plethora of tastings in tightly packed rooms, looks highly uncertain.
We will of course, as UK citizens returning from France, have to quarantine ourselves for 14 days when we get back. Thank goodness for our children, all of whom live quite close to us in London and have a fine record of ensuring their parents don’t starve.
JancisRobinson.com this week was dominated by German wine and Champagne. Our German specialist Michael Schmidt shared his tasting notes on this year’s Grosse Gewächse with some revealing observations on the styles he encountered in Wiesbaden. Mosel and Nahe on Monday and Rheingau and Rheinhessen today. On Saturday I wondered whether the 2019 German vintage might not represent a breakthrough for dry German Rieslings.
Tim Hall of Scala Wine has provided us with a three-part, detailed survey of the current febrile situation in Champagne: first the battle between growers and houses over controlling yields in a shrinking market; then how this plays out financially, including the dominant role of the Moët group; and finally, a detailed look at the COVID-affected 2020 vintage.
Sam Cole-Johnson reported from Napa under fire – although the good news is that the predicted hot, dry winds did not in fact eventuate and things are now a little cooler and damper there, as both Alder and Elaine confirmed in our Members’ forum.
Ferran Centelles presented a great report on the special qualities of the Montilla-Moriles region and its wines – so often, wrongly, viewed as simply an adjunct to sherry. Tam reported in great detail on the Hungarian Eger region, which produces so much more than Bull’s Blood. And I shared a review of an array of truly exciting wines from South Africa.
Nick contributed two articles this week: one, as suggested by Purple Pager Andrew McKinna, a review of his 20 best restaurant experiences (a foretaste of our 20th-anniversary celebrations); and a howl of pain on behalf of the UK hospitality industry over the current 10 pm curfew.
Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted Chicago as the Number 1 destination to visit.https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-cities-us
It’s no wonder Chicago is topping this list again. A world-class destination known for its impressive architecture, first-rate museums, brilliant chefs, and massive brewing scene, it’ll take several repeat visits to get through your list of must-dos. Most people start with the downtown—from the Magnificent Mile, ritzy Gold Coast, and funky Old Town, not to mention the business-oriented Loop—but there are 77 neighborhoods to explore, where you’ll find cutting-edge restaurants, chilled-out corner bars, and, no matter where you go, some of the most pleasant people you’ll find anywhere.
For ONE MONTH ONLY, JoJo’s will be converting it’s 5,000 sq foot outdoor patio into an over the top Pumpkin Patch right in the heart of River North. In addition to hand picking your own pumpkin, guests can enjoy their over-the-top milkshakes, biggie hot chocolates and all of their favor diner classics.
Pumpkin Patch specials include gourmet caramel apples, pumpkin and apple pies, spiked ciders and hot chocolates & their soon to be famous Pumpkin Patch Shake. It comes topped with a slice of Pumpkin Pie, Taffy Apple, Roasted Marshmallow and Reese’s Pretzel.
Tables of six or less are available and also their pumpkin shaped domes will be available at first come, first served basis. No tickets are necessary.
As the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox begin the well-known Chicago Crosstown Classic on this Friday, September 25th, the two teams are also on track to accomplish a unique feat in baseball history with playoff berths. The Chicago Cubs punched their ticket to the postseason on Tuesday night, ensuring that this season will be a history-making one in the city of Chicago.
That’s because the Cubs and the White Sox will both compete in the postseason, a feat that is incredibly rare in the history of Major League Baseball.
In fact, 2020 is only the third time in the history of the sport that both Chicago teams have reached the playoffs in the same year, with the White Sox clinching their spot earlier this month.
The previous two instances occurred in 1906, when the White Sox beat the Cubs in the World Series, and 2008, when both the Cubs and White Sox were knocked out in the divisional series round by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays, respectively.
Now, both teams have bigger fish to fry, as both are trying to win divisional titles. Those titles would come with top-three seeds in their respective leagues and home-field advantage in their Wild Card round playoff series, a big benefit when the home team will host all three games of the best-of-three series.
Contact your CUI Concierge to get VIP Treatment at the best viewing locations.
University of Chicago law lecturer Sylvia Neil has been named board chair of Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is the first woman to hold the post.
The board of directors elected Neil to the post at its meeting early this month. She joined the board in May of 2011 and for the past year has served as board chair-elect, a new position at the organization.
Neil succeeds David Ormesher, who becomes chair of the executive committee, and who was board chair during Lyric’s 2018 musicians’ strike. Lester Crown, who has been executive committee chair for 30 years, becomes executive committee chair emeritus. In the release announcing Neil’s appointment, Lyric management says that these events signify a “new plan of succession” for Lyric board chairs.
“Lyric is thrilled to welcome Sylvia as our new board chair,” said Lyric General Director Anthony Freud in the release. He went on to say that Neil has proved a “tremendous leader” for the organization, including establishing Lyric’s Heroes’ Fund, which has raised more than $10 million to offset the financial damages wrought by the pandemic.
“Sylvia’s background and commitment to equity and the arts come at a critical juncture for Lyric,” he said. “Her work will be challenging and I am confident in her abilities to find smart solutions to complex issues.”
In accepting the post, Neil said she was honored to be the first woman chair at Lyric, a company that has had two female general directors—Carol Fox and Ardis Krainik. “These are the folks that light my path forward,” Neil said.
Neil, former associate dean at the University of Chicago Law School, has also been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law and taught at DePaul School of Law and Roosevelt University.
She and her husband, Dan Fischel, have sponsored a number of Lyric productions, including Elektra, Madame Butterfly, and The Marriage of Figaro. The two organized and sponsored the Heroes’ Fund after Lyric announced it would cancel its 2020 Ring cycle due to the pandemic.
Lyric Opera of Chicago is not the first major Chicago arts organization to have a female board chair. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Joffrey Ballet, and the Field Museum have all had female board chairs.
-Lisa Bertagnoli, Crain’s
“This year, more than ever, we should recognize the first responders who died in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001, as today their brother and sister first responders are putting their lives on the line every day, providing emergency response during the pandemic. We should never forget and always be thankful for those who run toward danger, at risk to themselves, to protect everyone else,”
-Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred W. Brown
Official Link: https://www.letour.fr/en
The 2020 Tour de France began on Saturday, August 29 and goes through September 20. The three-week long cycling event was originally scheduled to take place from June 27 to July 19 but was postponed. This year marks the 107th edition of the event and the first time since the end of World War II that the race is not taking place in July. The 2020 Tour also features 12 new sites and stage cities indicated with an asterisk in the list for the 2020 Tour de France schedule below.
How many stages?
There are 21 stages: 9 flat, 3 hilly, 8 mountain stages, and 1 individual time trial.
What is the remaining 2020 Tour de France schedule and route?
|10||September 8||The Chateau d’Oleron||Ile de Re Saint-Martin-de-Re*||170 km||Flat|
|11||September 9||Châtelaillon-Plage*||Poitiers||167 km||Flat|
|12||September 10||Chauvigny*||Sarran Corrèze||218 km||Hilly|
|13||September 11||Châtel-Guyon*||Puy Mary Cantal*||191 km||Mountain|
|14||September 12||Clermont-Ferrand||Lyon||197 km||Flat|
|15||September 13||Lyon||Grand Colombier*||175 km||Mountain|
|September 14 – Rest Day|
|16||September 15||La Tour-du-Pin||Villard-de-Lans||164 km||Mountain|
|17||September 16||Grenoble||Col de la Loze||168 km||Mountain|
|18||September 17||Méribel||La-Roche-sur-Foron*||168 km||Mountain|
|19||September 18||Bourg-en-Bresse||Champagnole||160 km||Flat|
|20||September 19||Lure*||Planche de Belles Filles||36 km||Time Trial|
|21||September 20||Mantes-la-Jolie*||Paris (Champs- Élysées)||122 km||Flat|
America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby takes place where it began in 1875, at Churchill Downs. Saturday, September 5th, the best of the best horses will come together to race for the opportunity to win the golden trophy.
With a spirit of equality and faith and a belief of development and togetherness, may the country always flourishes and celebrates many more years. Wishing you all Happy Labor Day!