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NEW YORK -- In a less-traveled part of the 46-acre Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, an imposing black metal fence offers a reminder of the multiple security worries that come with hosting the U. David Ortiz Twins Jersey .S. Open.New York Police Department counterterrorism officials insisted that the fence, near a new 8,000-seat grandstand stadium, be reinforced earlier this year with thick strands of cable capable of withstanding a crash from a truck loaded with explosives.A lot of this stuff is off the radar, but it goes back to whats happening in the world, the events security director, Michael Rodriguez, said during a flurry of last-minute preparations for Mondays opening matches.Attacks in Europe and mass shootings in the U.S. have created a climate thats added to vigilance over this years U.S. Open, which already posed daunting security challenges because of its sheer size: 700,000 spectators over two weeks packed into two stadiums, two grandstands and other seating at more than a dozen other tennis courts, all connected by sprawling pedestrian walkways.Officials say they know of no credible threats against a Grand Slam event that happens to end with the mens final on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. But the NYPD, which ordinarily has hundreds of officers in and around the tennis center, plans to increase its presence this year. Thats on top of the tournaments roughly 300 private security guards.Layers of protection include installation of temporary closed-circuit surveillance cameras, including some perched atop the 23,771-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, along with devices to detect chemical, biological or radiation risks.Ive already warned people theyre going to see it, Rodriguez said of the extra security. And they should feel good about seeing it.Rodriguez, a former NYPD detective sergeant and supervisor for the Joint Terrorism Task Force, said he meets twice a day with representatives from the various local and federal law enforcement agencies monitoring the U.S. Open. Sample topic: the difficulties of drone mitigation.Such widening risks were underscored last year when a small drone crashed into the stands during a match -- it turned out a science teacher lost control of it while flying it in a nearby park -- and in 2014, when an NYPD intelligence analyst told a gathering of private security directors that an al-Qaida online publication encouraged a car-bomb attack on the tournament.Just outside the gates of the tennis center, the NYPD will keep heavily armed officers trained to respond to terror attacks at the ready. As with other with other events like New Years Eve in Times Square, plainclothes officers will mix with the crowds.Other defenses include strict screening checkpoints for the throng of spectators. In the past decade, the U.S. Open became among the first sporting events to prohibit backpacks and use airport-style, walk-through metal detectors instead of less-reliable wands to check people for weapons.The event also has a rigorous inspection system for the more than 1,600 trucks that make deliveries during the event. Drivers are vetted, given a bar code and directed to an inspection point deliberately located a quarter-mile from the tennis center before they can enter the grounds.Last week, United States Tennis Association officials held a meeting at the tennis center with their counterparts from the French Open and other major tournaments to discuss ways to keep spectators safe.Anything can happen, Rodriguez said. The question is, `What are we doing to minimize the risks?With success at hardening the entrances at big tournaments, security directors have turned their attention to deterring threats to the potential target created by fans congregating in the longer lines to get in, said Richard Bower, owner of Bower Events, Inc., a private security firm that consults on the BNP Paribus Open in Indian Wells, California.That event now deploys SWAT and plainclothes officers, along with police dogs, where the lines form.Part of it is about making people approaching the event feel safe, Bower said.Sally Kane, 71, of New Rochelle, one of the many fans to turn out last week for free admission qualifying matches, scoffed at the potential risks.Terrorists dont want to come here, she said. What really bothered her was having to pay to store her metal water bottle -- on a list of banned items -- outside the center.Im very annoyed, Kane said. I would have felt just as safe with my water bottle. 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With Claudio Ranieri arriving at the King Power Stadium to replace Nigel Pearson, the reaction on the whole was of surprise. Few predicted Leicester would stay up, let alone finish top half and beyond, while many noted the Italians lack of top flight success in previous jobs. Leicester will be crowned Premier League champions if they win at Old Trafford Astonished... A huge punt... Incredible... thats what they said then, but now the script has been turned on its head, and Leicester will be crowned champions if they win at Manchester United on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1HD. Phil ThompsonOn Sky Sports: They should really have signed his agent. He got all those jobs for him! I may be quite wrong, but I dont think hes ever won anything. Hes been there, seen it, not done it, at all those places. Nigel Pearson did ever so well, and for Ranieri to get this job was quite incredible. I hope he does well, because he is a nice guy, but hes fortunate.Matt Le TissierOn Sky Sports: With Leicester I think it could be a massive struggle this season. I think he might struggle with the spirit there. Nigel Pearson was replaced by Ranieri in the summer Gary LinekerOn Twitter: Claudio Ranieri? Really?On BreatheSport: Claudio Ranieri is clearly experienced, but this is an uninspired choice by Leicester. Its amazing how the same old names keep getting a go on the managerial merry-go-round.Dietmar HamannOn Twitter: Cant believe Leicester appointed Ranieri ... Great club, great fanbase but Im afraid MK rather than Old Trafford season after next.Harry RedknappOn Twitter: Ranieri is a nice guy, but hes done well to get the Leicester job. After what happened with Greece, Im surprised he can walk back into the Premier League. Leicesters story is one of most surprising fairytales in English football history Tony CotteeOn Sky Sports: Im astonished. I just didnt see this one coming. Obviously there have been many people linked to the job but as far as Im aware, Ranieri wasnt one and for me, it is a strange appointment.They made a massive risk getting rid of Nigel Pearson who did such a good job football-wise towards the end of last season. To appoint Ranieri now, bearing in mind where he has been the last 10 years, is a huge gamble.Robbie SavageOn BBC: Ranieri, good manageer but for me not Leicester. Ryan LaMarre Jersey. If you play for the Foxes you need someone you can relate to as a manager. ONeill, Pearson are managers the players can relate to. Id have gone back to ONeill or Lennon. It will be a relegation battle whoever was manager. Big name, bad choice in my opinion. Time will tell. Hopefully I am wrong.Frank SinclairOn BBC: If I was a player at Leicester still I would be excited given the players he has worked with in the past - very excited.But for the next manager at Leicester, the job in hand is stabilising the club. I dont think they are looking to win things yet. If they can be a mid-table team then he will be doing a fantastic job. Ranieri has led Leicester to the top of the Premier League Alan SmithIn the Daily Telegraph: Replacing Nigel Pearson with Claudio Ranieri can only be described as a huge punt. The risk is that City now lose some of the energy, aggression and spirit that pulled them to safety.Paul MersonSpeaking on Sky Sports in September: Leicester have started well and theyll be well safe. They can beat teams and I love the Nathan Dyer signing… he could easily get in Tottenhams team.Stan CollymoreIn the Daily Mirror: Last seasons Great Escape will have instilled incredible belief at the King Power. Having met Nigel Pearson on a number of occasions last season, he was in no doubt that the Foxes would claw themselves to safety. Riyad Mahrez celebrates with Jamie Vardy during a vital win over Crystal Palace Unfortunately, the script has changed. Im not convinced about Tinkerman Claudio Ranieri. Pearson had the dressing room. The players believed in him. Ranieri has a job on his hands earning the same respect.Dont underestimate the loss of Esteban Cambiasso, either. But I think the players believe. That could be enough. It may be just as messy as it was last time, though.Michael OwenOn Twitter: Right then here we go again #Top6Bottom3: Top 6: Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Spurs.Bottom 6: Bournemouth, Leicester, Watford. Lets see yours! Win a t-lab Peloton t-shirt We have five of these awesome t-shirts to give away in our free prize draw - enter now! Also See: Mahrez: Title race not over The German Leicester Souness: Foxes defy logic Why bookies are fearing Foxes ' ' '