The evening began with the USTA Foundation's annual dinner before Serena Williams' victorious match at Arthur Ashe on Monday night, which drew huge crowds.

Athletes, journalists, style icons, and tennis legends attended the event.

Hugh Jackman, Vera Wang, Katie Couric, Rebel Wilson, Mike Tyson, Gayle King, Mike and Bob Bryan, and others were there.

Cocktails and Champagne flowed freely during the gala's opening, which was followed by supper and an unique live auction that raised over $330,000 for the cause.

The USTAF's Serving Up Dreams Award was given to Kevin Martinez, vice president of corporate citizenship at ESPN, as the evening's special honoree.

The event this year was particularly noteworthy because it broke the fundraising record by raising more than $3 million.

The money supports the National Junior Tennis & Learning programme.

which annually offers over 160,000 underprivileged youngsters educational tennis programmes around the nation.

Following the auction, visitors went to the President's Box to watch Serena Williams, the night's star player, start her final career run at the U.S. Open.