Every summer over two weeks, the best in tennis head to New York to play in the US Open. And if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, you can rub elbows with the rich and famous.
The US Open is the fourth and final tennis event of the summer that comprises the “Grand Slam” each year. The other three are the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. Set in the Billie-Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, it takes about an hour to get there on the Subway (7 Train to Flushing), and its packed. Be prepared to stand the entire way, and then stand around some more to actually get into the park. And just in case you’re unclear of what you can’t bring–on the website it states, You may not bring: alcohol, tennis racquets, laser pointing devices or weapons–as these tennis crowds are dangerous and rowdy.
I was lucky enough to get corporate tickets and yes, they were amazing. Sitting in the Arthur Ashe main court, this baby is massive and steep, as it holds 22,547 people. And I had bragging rights, we were 6 rows from the court and I could see the sweat dripping from the players. First up was the Women’s Third Round featuring Wozniacki and Giorgi. A great match where the underdog won. But it went late, and by the time the main event featuring Roger Federer rolled around (10pm ish), people were actually leaving. Federer creamed his competition of course. But I have to say the major entertainment for me was the celeb spotting. Not only did I get to see tennis legends, the US Open is a hot spot for celebrities. I got to watch tennis with Winona Ryder, Spike Lee, Josh Groban and the Karate Kid himself — Ralph Macchio.
The US Open is something you’ve got to do at least once. If you can get cheap tickets (on sale in June), you’ll be sitting in the nosebleed section, but maybe it will help subsidize that $25 dollar glass of champagne you’ll be sipping while watching the best tennis players in the world.