The U.S Open tennis tournament begins tomorrow morning at 11 a.m., and to me, the U.S Open is the last major sporting event of the summer. Whether you’re a big tennis fan or not, the truth is that you have to attend the U.S Open at least once in your life. The tournament takes place in Flushing, N.Y, right next to Citi Field.
I used to go every year to the U.S Open before I began college, which conflicts with the tournament. The way it works is that you can get tickets for the day session or night session (or both if you’re feeling ambitious). I would get tickets to the day session for one of the first couple of days of the tournament. This way, there’s the most action going on at once.
You can get an app on your phone that tells you the schedule for the entire day, and bounce around to any court whenever you want. If you’re a machine like I was, you can watch parts of at least 10-15 tennis matches throughout the day. It’s incredible.
At Arthur Ashe, the biggest stadium in the complex, you get an assigned seat, but for the others, you can sit wherever you want. Louis Armstrong is the second biggest stadium, and was just rebuilt for the 2018 tournament. It has a retractable roof like Arthur Ashe Stadium, who added the roof shortly after I was last at the U.S Open.
The best part about the U.S Open is that other than when your at Arthur Ashe Stadium, you’re extremely close to the action. During the first week of the tournament, you usually get a few top-10 players playing on the really small courts due to the crowded schedule. I’ve sat in the first row at one of these small courts while watching the #6 player in the world (Tomas Berdych at the time). It’s like going to the park and standing on the side while your friends play, except these guys are the best in the world. It’s crazy being that close.
Furthermore, the U.S Open is one of those sporting events that has a special feel to it. It’s that high-class sporting event feeling, like what you feel like when you go to a golf tournament. Add that to having the New York fanbase, and the atmosphere is incredible.
If it’s too late for you to buy tickets this year, I suggest you tune into ESPN during the day or at night to watch. It’s 1000% worth it. Here’s a video to hype you up for the next two weeks of action.