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joaco
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:13 PM
Hi. I'm travelling from Argentina all the way to New York just to watch the USOPEN!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

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:wavey:

joaco
Aug 23rd, 2006, 09:47 PM
bump :)

sfselesfan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 09:49 PM
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.

SF

QUEENLINDSAY
Aug 23rd, 2006, 09:50 PM
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.

Williamsser
Aug 23rd, 2006, 09:57 PM
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!

Nicjac
Aug 23rd, 2006, 10:00 PM
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. :rolleyes: Well, at least I went to the YEC one year.

Have fun and enjoy!

sfselesfan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 10:10 PM
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.

SF

SzavayFi
Aug 23rd, 2006, 10:12 PM
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.

joaco
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:30 AM
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?


Remember to wear sunscreen!
thanks!! :cool: :cool:

joaco

CooCooCachoo
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:57 AM
How can you like not bring a bag :shrug: :o

FaceyFacem
Aug 24th, 2006, 01:06 PM
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

best of luck and enjoy! i'll be there monday, wednesday, sunday

RAA
Aug 24th, 2006, 01:13 PM
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.

joaco
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:11 PM
$15 :eek: :eek: :eek: 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??

x Chu x
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:19 PM
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.

Wayn77
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:24 PM
Hi. I'm travelling from Argentina all the way to New York just to watch the USOPEN!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

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:wavey:

You lucky so and so and so :bounce: :wavey:

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

sfselesfan
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:27 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/jon_wertheim/08/23/usopen.tips/index.html

This was mildly helpful for me in my preparations for the Open this year.

SF

meyerpl
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:29 PM
Remember, you're going to be in New York City; you don't want to be the only one there without a gun. ;)

Ty-Ty
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:36 PM
My friend is leaving tommorw for it. She won that Arthur Ashe essay contest and is going there no charge. Only ten were picked from 1500, and apparently the people who run the contest have VIP info and stuff like that, so maybe I can relay some information tomorrow when she gets there. :angel:

x Chu x
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:39 PM
lol those are the worst tips except for the sunscreen of course

sfselesfan
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:48 PM
Remember, you're going to be in New York City; you don't want to be the only one there without a gun. ;)

Oh please! I dare some MF to mess with me! Manhattan and Flushing are completely tame...

SF

clonesheep
Aug 24th, 2006, 11:53 PM
$15 :eek: :eek: :eek: 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??
Don't be scared by the price of food. Yes, a more "upscale" sandwich an cost $15, but there're also cheaper options. A burger platter at the food court costs less than $10. There're also some reasonably priced Indian food as I recall. You just have to look around. Drinks are expensive, though. A small bottled water costs $3 and up. You can save some money by bringing your own bottle.

As to getting autographs, there are plenty of chances at the outside courts. Players are usually willing to sign autograph after winning a match (but don't bother asking the losers!) Many of the outside courts have just one entrance/exit. If you wait there you are bound to encounter the player. The only minor thing is the exit is often located opposite to the side with seats. If that's the case, give up your seat before the match end, walk to the other side and wait there. Sometimes, a player is nice enough to walk to both sides to sign autograph before exiting. (I remember Elena Dementieva doing that.) But it doesn't happen too often.

It's impossible to get autograph at Arthur Ashe unless you have a courtside seat that costs hundred of dollars. Same with Armstrong, at which only people with reserved courtside seats have any chance of reaching the player for autograph. Grandstand is much better.

PointBlank
Aug 25th, 2006, 01:59 AM
Itll be my first year to because I just moved to Brooklyn. Yay.