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Good morning on this muggy Tuesday.

The world’s best tennis players are about to descend on Queens for the United States Open, which begins next Monday.

If you can’t score tickets to the main competition, there’s still a way to watch good tennis.

The qualifying tournament starts today at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Starting from today and lasting until Friday, 128 men and 128 women who weren’t ranked highly enough to qualify for the tournament, will compete for the chance … to compete.

They will vie for the 16 remaining spots in both the men’s and women’s ladders.

Many of the players have competed in the main tournament before, though you probably haven’t heard of them. (Still, they’re most likely a lot better at tennis than you are.)

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One of New York City's two designated surfing beaches, both in the Rockaways. Surfers and residents of a new development have fought over an unused stretch of beach there.
Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
In Fight for a Stretch of the Rockaways, Surfers and New Residents Collide
A campaign for an expanded surfing area has run up against the objections of residents of a new development that occupies that same stretch of beach.


Michael Verbitsky at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday. He is charged with second-degree assault and several misdemeanors.
Andrew Renneisen for The New York Times

Man Charged in Pellet Shooting of Officer Outside Gracie Mansion

Michael Verbitsky, 19, was charged with second-degree assault and several misdemeanors, including reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of criminal mischief.


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Features
Joylynn Holder
Daniel Krieger for The New York Times

Joylynn Holder of Brooklyn Forest and Her Steadfast Batter Bowl

For a founder of the series of outdoor classes, a deep blue stoneware bowl that has traveled with her is better than a food processor any day.

Omagbitse Omagbemi performing during
Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

Review: ‘Dancing Through the Bronx’ Allows Local Artists a Moment in the Sun

Each part of this two-part program at Owen F. Dolen Park was organized by a veteran dancer who was either born in the Bronx or was a longtime resident there.


Columnist
The Appraisal
The architect Zaha Hadid's 112-foot-long sculptural installation,
Bryan Thomas for The New York Times

The Sidewalk Shed, a Ubiquitous New York Eyesore, Gets a Makeover

A High Line project and a design competition look to beautify part of the nearly 200 miles of scaffolding covering city sidewalks.

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Sports
David Wright, who had missed 115 games this season, stretching during batting practice Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
Drew Hallowell/Getty Images
On Baseball
David Wright homered to get the Mets going, but as their captain, it was not just the winning he missed the past four months.

The Yankees' Carlos Beltran, still in his batting gloves, was mobbed after driving in the game's only run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.
Kathy Willens/Associated Press
Yankees 1, Astros 0
Only one run proved to be enough to beat the Astros as Carlos Beltran delivered a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.


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Arts
A charge in the air: On Sunday in Tompkins Square Park, the musicians performing at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival included the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, who drew from his album
Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

Review: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Subtly Recalls Its Inspiration

The festival’s final installment, on Sunday night in Tompkins Square Park, included the saxophonists Joe Lovano and Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Son House, pictured in 1964, will be the focus of the Journey to the Son festival in Rochester.
Dick Waterman

Son House Inspires a Rochester Blues Festival

A four-day festival, Journey to the Son, will explore the music of Son House, whose Rochester years will also be commemorated with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker.

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