The U.S. Open starts next Monday! Here are a few facts:
- The tournament is played at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens (right next to The Mets’ Citifield). Featured matches are played in two stadiums: the Arthur Ashe and the Louis Armstrong. Yes, it’s that Louis Armstrong. And no, he did not play tennis professionally. The stadium was named after the jazz great sometime in the 1970′s because he lived nearby…and at that time it was mostly used for concerts. When the USTA relocated the US Open to this location in 1978 from Forest Hills they refurbished the venue and retained the name.
- Day sessions start at 11 a.m.; night sessions at 7 p.m.
- Ticket prices vary wildly, as some are sold through Ticketmaster and some through a fan exchange managed by Ticketmaster.
- Burgers, dogs, Carnegie deli pastrami, pizza and barbecue and the like are available all day long. Oh, and beer, of course! Lots of beer!
- What you should bring: sunscreen, cap, sunglasses and comfy shoes.
- See the list of what you can’t bring here.
That’s the basics, but let me give you some advice from someone who lives with a tennis fanatic and has gone to the Open so many times she feels like a pro. (That someone would be me.) Arrive at the stadium early during one of the first eight days of the tournament and purchase a General Admission Grounds Pass. This gives you first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all of the field courts. The field courts are probably the most fun–that’s where you get to see future tennis stars in action up close. Watching a 100-mph serve whiz by only a few feet away is a buy cialis 20mg jaw-dropping sight.
It truly is a fun day, so give it a whirl!