10 Tips for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament
1. VISIT THE OUTER COURTS
Tennis enthusiasts have often dreamed of sitting courtside in Arthur Ashe Stadium, but the fact remains that there are 16 other courts, that don’t require reserved seats, and they’re each hosting plenty of fast-paced action that should not be missed.
2. TICKETS PLEASE
The best way to make the most of your U.S. Open experience is to purchase an Ashe day session ticket. This allows you to get into all of the courts throughout the day and night sessions, with additional access to Ashe Stadium matches during the day. Ashe Stadium evening session matches will require an Ashe night pass.
3. BUY A NIGHT SEAT
U.S. Open evening matches are one of the more exciting and enchanting sports experiences out there. If you do plan to splurge on a ticketed seat, we recommend doing so for an Ashe evening session around the 3rd or 4th day of play when matches become more competitive.
4. DON’T SKIP PRACTICE
Practice makes perfect, and with over 1,000 bleacher seats in the newly remodeled practice court area, you’ll be able to see plenty of famous faces work on their forehand and backhand slices up close.
5. LUCKY #7
As you can imagine, transportation to and from the U.S. Open can be treacherous, and many cabs and rideshare services will have surcharges attached to their fares. Instead, join the many locals and visitors who choose to ride the 7 train from Times Square and Bryant Park, or board the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) at 34th Street Penn Station. Archer New York is ideally located between both of these stations at 45 West 38th Street.
6. THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
Take advantage of these free events open to the public during the tournament schedule.
- The qualifying tournament August 22-25, is hosted the week before the main tournament begins.
- Families can enjoy the free Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day complete with a stadium show.
- One of the best kept secrets includes the opportunity to see top players practice the day before the main tournament begins with free access to the U.S. Open grounds.
- Community Day at the US Open is always Thursday of the second week and allows grounds access as well as access to many doubles matches.
7. THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
Download the official US Open Everywhere App for the latest schedule, scores and live updates. With this you’ll be able to plan ahead and be the first in line for the matches you really want to see up close.
8. BRING YOUR APPETITE
Dining at the U.S. Open goes far beyond your traditional concession stand popcorn and hot dogs. Top chefs have developed chic street fare and craft cocktails specifically for this event. Soft-Shell-Crab-Bocadillos and Madrid Mules anyone? Read Grubstreet’s latest article on U.S. Open eats here.
9. LATHER UP
While fall might be making her entrance, summer is still at center stage in late-August/early September. Remember to pack additional sunscreen, purchase your Archer New York hat, enjoy your complimentary Blue Sky umbrella and hydrate well throughout the day.
10. THE NEXT GENERATION
Remember to watch the top players in the boys’ and girls’ tournaments as well. One day soon they’ll be serving and volleying in Ashe Stadium alongside the legends, and you can say you knew them when.
BONUS: THE REAL SHOWSTOPPER
During those evening session moments of pause when a ball is out of play, a line judge is being questioned, or a match is in turnover, steal a moment and head to the top of Ashe Stadium to watch the sunset behind the Manhattan skyline. It’s a truly unique view of your host City.