5 tips to guarantee a fabulous day at the US Open

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One of the very best events held in NYC every August/September (and I’ve attended for at least 20 years!). If you are on a corporate account or simply have the cash to get courtside tickets, I’m jealous!! But if you’re on a budget and can take a day off, grounds tickets are the way to go ($70-$90). You’ll see lots of great tennis, you’re not stuck in one area all day and it’s just so much fun to wander around the grounds, get some good food and drinks, and see tennis up close.

Here are my 5 tips:

Get Grounds Admission Tickets – way more reasonable and even if officially sold out, check the resales section of the site.  The tickets are good during the day for all areas except Arthur Ashe (in other words you won’t see the marquee matches but hey you save hundreds of dollars and still see fantastic tennis). Download the app for schedule of play or print it out.

Court 17 is a must-see. It’s the newest stadium and fourth-largest, behind Ashe, Armstrong and the Grandstand. Importantly, it has two state-of-the-art video screens for instant replay challenges – in other words, this is where you’ll see the top up and comers. I saw an amazing 5 set match there on Tuesday between Donald Young and Gilles Simon.

American Express Radio is a must (free if you have an Amex Card). The radio earpiece features live play-by-play commentary and match updates from ESPN.

Take the Subway – do not drive or bother with an Uber. The 7 train from Grand Central takes all of 35 minutes.

Check out the sponsors. Chase and American Express have lounges where you can chill/charge your phone. Others worth a look-see: Mercedes Benz’ Roger Federer Hologram wall – great for photos, Heineken’s Red Star Cafe, Perrier-Jouet – v. posh and expensive at $25 for a glass of champagne, Grey Goose, Nike. Also all the food court vendors are terrific (but pricey)!!

Check out my photos below for matches and players from Tuesday, September 2nd.

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Always exciting to head into the tennis center from the subway

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First match at Armstrong Stadium was John Isner (USA) [13] who would go on to def. Malek Jaziri (TUN)

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Even tho Isner won, he played poorly – and he knew it!!

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FANTASTIC MATCH. The 68th-ranked Donald Young won 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 3 hours, 34 minutes with a packed Court 17 urging him on.

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Lleyton Hewitt is an Australian-born tennis player and former world No. 1 who now resides in The Bahamas. Hewitt is the youngest male ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, at the age of 20. Little sad to see him relegated to an outer court. Two years ago he was playing in the Grandstand.

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Lleyton serving against Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) – on Court 11 – and ultimately winning.

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After losing his right leg below the knee in 2010 in a land mine explosion, Army Spc. Ryan McIntosh first served as a ballboy in 2012.

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After losing his right leg below the knee in 2010 in a land mine explosion, Army Spc. Ryan McIntosh first served as a ballboy in 2012.

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Amazing!!

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Even tho he’s worked the US Open since 2012, I had never seen him before. Phenomenal!

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LOVE the outer courts – you can get so close to the tennis

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View of Court 11 with Ashe in the background

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Great view of the Unisphere

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The Mercedes Benz Live Hologram was a big hit for photo ops for US Open fans

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Nike Court was busy – and LOTS of sales!!

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Grey Goose on site

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And one more location with menu of signature cocktails

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Tiffany supplies the US Open cup

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Lots of fancy dining options

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And more….

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This looked great and I saw quite a few people with their champagne flutes but at $25 a glass a little steep ….

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May have been first time for Juice Press – don’t recall seeing them last year

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Another selfie (I promise this will not become a thing for me…)

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