US Open, Grand Slam Tennisturnier in New York

US Open, Grand Slam tennis tournament in New York

Everything you need to know about the US Open: tickets, transport and information

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US Open Tennis Tickets

For two weeks, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is the center of the world for all tennis fans. The US Open is my favorite sporting event and a unique experience. All tennis greats like Roger Federer and Serena Williams are excited to appear at the Tennis Mecca where, like in New York, the best food trucks, restaurants and snack chains line up on the US Open grounds and turn the event into a big party.

The US Open takes place at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, which is also home to the famous 42-meter-high, 350-ton Globe of Queens, which we also visit on our Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn tour.

You can reserve your tickets in advance and purchase them on the US Open homepage.


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How to best get to the US Open site from Manhattan

The quickest, cheapest and easiest way to get there is to take subway line 7, for example from Grand Central. You get off at the Mets-Willets Point station, which you can't miss as almost all guests get off there. The journey itself takes around 35-45 minutes. The way back is the same.

8 things you need to know about the US Open

1. Arthur Ashe Stadium has a roof. Those who recently attended the US Open (or watched it on TV) probably noticed the new retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. This means no more weather-related cancellations. If you buy a ticket for a game at the main stadium, you can be sure that it will take place.

2. In fact, most of the facilities have been renovated. Speaking of roofs, USTA officials describe the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, which will host its first games this year, as "the world's first naturally ventilated tennis stadium with a retractable roof." For regular fans, this means a stadium with the benefits of a roof (no worries about rain, plus protection from the afternoon sun) as well as the feeling of being outside. In recent years, the USTA has renovated nearly all of the secondary courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The additional seats increase the total capacity by more than a third. The sidewalks were also expanded and yes, more toilets were added. There is also a new 8,000-seat grandstand stadium that opened in 2017.

3. You can watch games for free or cheaply. It's true. You can take part for free in the Qualifying Tournament (August 21-24), where ambitious players compete for a place in the main tournament, and on Training Day, when the stars prepare for their moment in the spotlight. Also free is the Community Day, whose highlights include men's and women's doubles, wheelchair competitions and junior games. Also check out the Fan Fest and the free training sessions in the days leading up to the tournament. For details on all the highlights of "Fan Week," as the US Open calls it, follow as the event approaches.

4. It's not just tennis. Even if you're not a superfan (or if you're dating someone who isn't that into tennis), you can still be entertained by the festivities at the Open. Previous Arthur Ashe Kids' Day celebrations have included music from Flo Rida, American Authors, Ariana Grande and others. There were also interactive and fun tennis activities, as well as performances from Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Keep your eyes peeled for details about this year. Opening night (August 27) traditionally brings with it a lot of star power. There's been no word on entertainment yet, but previous tournaments have featured Shania Twain and Phil Collins. Aside from the music and kid-friendly fun, there is plenty of food, which most enjoy. Options include Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, the upscale Aces Wine and Sushi Bar, a Smooth Kosher Cart and even a Carnegie Deli Outpost. Bargain hunters can also check out the street vendors near the site.

5. Wear a hat and sunglasses and apply lots of sunscreen. Seriously - if you go outside for a day and don't take sun protection measures, you're in for a painful rest of your New York visit.

6. Respect the rules. Like all other major events, the US Open has a long list of what is allowed and what is not. Do yourself a favor and stick to it to avoid awkward moments.

7. Enjoy the side seats. You don't need a ticket at the airport to get a great view - you just need to know where to be. If you purchase an all-terrain pass, you can see the pros up close at the numerous side courts (and for a fraction of the cost of a seat in one of the stadiums).

8. By the way aren't the only ones excited to explore New York City during the US Open. The players are also pretty excited and you sometimes see them around town on TV stations like NBC at Rockefeller Center and the show Good Morning New York.


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