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.