From August 25th and through September 8th, Flushing Meadows, Queens, will be the tennis capital of the world. There The U.S Open, the fourth and final part of the Grand Slam tournaments, will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, on the famous hardcourts of Arthur Ashe Stadium. While Wimbledon enforces a strict dress code of “white only,” New Yorkers liven up the tournaments with a celebrity- studded crowd, international food vendors, and live musicians performing on the grounds—not to mention some of tennis’s top pros.
This year more than 700 players will play in the Open and go after the prize money of more than 34 million dollars. The tournaments will feature mixed doubles, as well as men’s and women’s singles and doubles. Fan favorites scheduled to compete on the courts are Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams (reigning Women’s single champion) and Victoria Azarenka. However, Li Na will not be playing because of an knee injury and defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out because of a lingering right wrist injury. Also, Andy Roddick (U.S Open Champion of 2003) wanted to make a comeback this year with childhood friend Mardy Fish but was ruled ineligible by the United States Tennis Association.The tournaments will also feature rising youngsters
like Australian Nick Kyrgios (who at only 19 beat Nadal at Wimbledon and skyrocketed in his ATP ranking from 171 to the top 60’s), and Eugenie Bouchard, the first Canadian to reach the finals of a Grand Slam (Wimbledon and French Open) in singles at only 20 years old.
Food (And Drinks):
Aces: Vaulted ceilings, vibrant colors and a casual but elegant sushi bar combined with superlative seafood offerings, makes Aces the ultimate dining experience at the U.S. Open. Prices vary from $26-40.
Champions Bar & Grill: A high-class clubhouse atmosphere surrounds wonderful dishes of steak, seafood, and wine. Prices vary from $40-$49.
Mojito Restaurant & Bar: Experience Mojito’s luscious flavors with Latin specialties, cool refreshing cocktails, and the most relaxed atmosphere you will find at the Open.The more affordable prices vary from $18-29.
Tips and Tools:
Dress code: Dress for the weather. Typical New York August and September temperatures range from 83°-69° F, so bring a hat, sun screen, and sun glasses. Lastly, if you wouldn’t wear it to your mother-in-law’s house, don’t wear it to the U.S Open.
If it rains, ticket holders are allowed to exchange for a ticket credit or full refund, however they may be ineligible if more than 90 minutes of a game has been played.
Tickets: Hurry now to buy tickets as prices raise higher and higher to opening day.
For more information on US Open got to: http://www.usopen.org
For more information on tickets to the US Open got to: http://usopen.org/US-Open/tikets/