New York City’s USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has the honor of playing host to one of the most prestegious tennis events in the world - the 2014 US Open. The 134th running of this ultimate tennis event, a huge New York City tourist attraction, has brought big names such as Serena and Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to the big city.
The US Open starts on August 25th and runs through September 8th with matches taking place over a series of 17 courts encompassed within the National Tennis Center. The gates open at 10:00am with matches starting at 11:00am. The Open has a history of night matches lasting past midnight so get your beauty rest before you come.
Guests are allowed ONE BAG and one bag only which is subject to search. The following items are prohibited and MAY NOT be brought onto the premises:
- Hard coolers or like containers
- Sealed packages of any kind
- Bottles or cans (glass or metal)
- Aerosol cans or noisemaking devices
- Video cameras or recording devices
- Computers or laptops
- Food (except in limited quantities, or for medical, dietary or infant purposes)
- Animals (unless a service animal)
- Flags, banners or signs
- Any materials constituting unauthorized advertising or promotion
- Laser pointing devices
- Tennis racquets
- Any other items deemed inappropriate or dangerous...
How to get to the US Open in NYC - Assuming you are not driving your own car, take a cab or use mass transit! For the subway take the 7 train from Grand Central Terminal to Mets-Willets Point Station - including connections for all Metro-North Trains from Westchester and Connecticut. Service is also available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The biggest matches take place in Authur Ashe Stadium but you can also watch great matches at the Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand. Check out a match on Court 17... we're not going to tell you why here, you'll have to find out why on your own but when you do, you'll be happy you got the advice.
There is plenty of food at the Open with a Food Village for a fast bite and a handful of sit down restaurants (try Aces or Champions Bar & Grill). Drinks? Plenty of options - try the new Heineken Red Star Café.
Look for compelling matches and upsets! One of the biggest upsets of last year's Open was the the win by 17-year old Victoria Duval over former US Open Champion Sam Stosur. Duval came back for the win after dropping her first set and was credited for the immense poise she showed facing off against former champ Stosur, and has started to draw much speculation about her potential as a future star on the tour.
Tennis fan or not, if you have the good fortune of being in NYC the last week of August and the start of September, get great U.S. Open tennis tickets and witness history and one of the most historic and well played sporting events in the world.
If you are in NYC and not interested in checking out the tennis action, here are a few other suggestions on fun things to do in NYC: