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I'm going to the USOPEN.. and I've got a few questions...

Hi. I'm travelling from Argentina all the way to New York just to watch the USOPEN!!!!!!!

For the ones who are going, or have been to the USOPEN. What time should I be there?? I know they open the gates at 11, and that I can collect my tickets at about 10, but what time is the best to be there? I have tickets for Stadiums for all days during the first week (the only week I'm visiting the open) so what do you recommend?

About the players' tranning sessions.... what do you guys normally do? Cause I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong, it is the best way to make contact with the players.

That's pretty much about it. So thanks in advance! I can't believe I'm actually going!!!

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I just posted a similar thread...funny. I have some of the same questions. I've heard it can get really crowded, so I would plan an hour in advance for everything.

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be there by 9 to 10 and you will catch a lot of players practicing specially on the first 4 days.

The top players women usually practices conscutively according to their match schedule also.

Some of the men always practice and hitting with each other on the same court.

See you there Joaco, its gonna be fun.

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The no bag line is very fast. The bag check line is very long, about an hour wait. It is fastest if you don't bring any bags. Remember to wear sunscreen!
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I can't really contribute - went to Wimby and RG, but never to USO and AO. Even though I lived in NYC for two years. Well, at least I went to the YEC one year.

Have fun and enjoy!
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The no bag line is very fast. The bag check line is very long, about an hour wait. It is fastest if you don't bring any bags. Remember to wear sunscreen!
Thanks! You saved me there. I always bring a backpack and I would have this time too. I never use what I need out of it either.

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If you dont bring a bag for them to check. You can go at like 12 and still not wait in a line whatsoever. So my advice is DO NOT bring a bag.
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uuhhh-- great advises, thank you thank you thank you!!

at what time can you actually enter the us open... I was told about 10 am. is that right? or you can enter even before?

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i usually plan to be there are like 10:15 or so, since you can see people practicing since everyone is still in the draw so everyone is around, then make sure you check the order of play before hand and make a beeline for an outside court with a match you like, i've seen nadia, ana i., shahar, etc. from row 1 in the last few years, (van roost back in the day) and it's so much more fun, you coul literally talk to them if you wanted... food costs a lot, but it's not bad

get to armstrong for the last match of the day there a bit early so you can get a good seat for the final match of the day, since you're an argentine i'm assuming you like men's tennis too? nalbandian gets the final match on armstrong often, so that could interest you

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check the usopen website but I agree with the others, don't bring a backpack. when we went last year it was only backpacks they wouldn't let in. but would let in other types of bags (but they have to be searched)

oh and BRING SOME OF YOUR OWN FOOD. the food prices there are OUT OF CONTROL. even if you can just bring in lunch and some drinks that will help and then you can buy one meal there later in the day. I think the cheapest thing there is a hot dog for about $8 and a sandwhich will cost you like $15 no joke.

they will let you bring in your own food.. but of course it will be in a bag and they will need to search it. but I think its worth it to stand in the bag search line and not have to pay the food prices.

definitely go early and walk all around the grounds. you'll see tons of players practicing. and as the main matches get going on the big courts as the day goes on, you can see some pretty cool doubles matches on the outer courts too.

have fun! i'm not going this year but hope to be back next year.
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$15 wow... that really is out of control. I think I'll have a super mega gigantic breakfast and try to not be hungry as long as i can....

thank you so much for the tips everyone! were you able to get many autographs the previous years??
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Just outside the gate there are vendors that sell hotdogs burgers etc for $1.50 each. Personally I think the best stadium is Grandstand because there is no reserved seating, Armstrong and Ashe of course have reserved seating. Regarding meeting the players, your chance is slim to none depending on the courts. They don't want to be distracted before a match or practice sessions. The best chance to see and meet pros would have been during the qualifying tournament this week and possible sunday's practice day.

If you want free food you can wait tilll everything is closing down and such at around 11:30PM or later. Last year my friends and I got like literaly over $185 worth of crepes for free.

If you have any questions feel free to ask me. I would like to think I know everything about the US Open regarding regulations, what to do, whats allowed, etc.
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Hi. I'm travelling from Argentina all the way to New York just to watch the USOPEN!!!!!!!

For the ones who are going, or have been to the USOPEN. What time should I be there?? I know they open the gates at 11, and that I can collect my tickets at about 10, but what time is the best to be there? I have tickets for Stadiums for all days during the first week (the only week I'm visiting the open) so what do you recommend?

About the players' tranning sessions.... what do you guys normally do? Cause I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong, it is the best way to make contact with the players.

That's pretty much about it. So thanks in advance! I can't believe I'm actually going!!!

Joaco
You lucky so and so and so

Hope you get some good seats and have a good time.
I've done Wimbly and Garot, going to try New York next year!
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