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duhcity
Aug 1st, 2010, 05:58 AM
So every year people always make threads asking about visiting the open, so I thought I might as well share some open.

I'll be going to college this year, so I sadly won't be going to the Open for the first time in awhile, so I thought I'd share some tips.

1. Craigslist is your friend. A lot of people who buy Mini Plans sell day session Arthur Ashe tickets for the first week (until the weekend) for about 35-40 dollars, cheaper than the Grounds pass and it gives you access to Ashe.

2. If you want to sit in the shade all day on the Grandstand, get there early. Those seats (the ones under Armstrong) fill up fast.

3. Take the subway. Seriously, why would you drive?

4. If you've never been to New York, it can be very hot in the morning and freezing at night, especially in Ashe. Wear light, but bring a sweater.

5. All the food sucks. Leave the Tennis center (get stamped, this is important! It gets you back in, and its important later too) and take the subway one stop to flushing. Great chinese and korean food, cheap as well. 2 minute subway ride.

6. Are the ushers telling you Armstrong or Grandstand is full? You can enter Armstrong through the Grandstand or the Grandstand through Armstrong.

7. If you have an American Express card, you get a free earpiece thing.

8. The practice courts suck as the US Open. Im serious. The fences are tarped, the old views from a court are now blocked, and the area when the player leaves is very cramped. Hard to get an autograph. I hear through the grapevine some lower ranked pros practiced at Queens College last year, but not confirmed.

9. Li Na, Zheng Jie, and Peer matches are very fun. So are the Aussie matches. Very active player support. Never been to a James Blake or Querrey match. Don't plan to.

10. If you can get into a Night Session, go. They're so much fun, especially if Andy (Roddick) is playing. Depending on your luck, everyone around you will be getting wasted. And that can be a good, or bad thing. (I recommend pregaming, if you're doing only Night Session.)

11. Cirstea is super nice. Watched her play Morita last year, and she signed every ball and took pictures afterwards. Saw her walking on the grounds a few days later, and she was glad to stop and talk (wasn't recognized by many people). My friend talked to Carsten Ball too apparently.

12. This is creepy, but on some of the smaller courts, the ballboys will hang the players towel on railings in front of seats. Some of you might like that, I don't know. Sat right in front of Rybarikova/Chang's towel last year.

13. How to get into a night session without a night session ticket: If you're there the whole day, leave once and get stamped. Then reenter. A LOT of people will leave after or near the end of the first match (especially if its the mens). When they exit Ashe, you can ask for their tickets. Eventually, someone will give you their tickets (at least I always get them). If the seats are in the uppertier, and your not happy, enter Ashe (you need a stamped hand to reenter Ashe with used tickets) and go up the right escalator. On the first landing, the area beyond the roped off areas will be the luxury suite and court side tickets entrance area. Wait there, and again ask people for their tickets. Once you get them, you can enter the roped area you'll have courtside seats. Last year, I got Federer/Serena, and Common and Jeremy Piven were both there as well.

14. Look at the schedule and print it the night before. If you're at a match before it starts, you're guaranteed to have courtside seats.

15. Avoid those large tennis balls. And the Polo store. Rather, all of the stores. All of it can be found cheaper elsewhere. Although, I think those white balls in the window are really cool, and I always take one every year.

16. Go to qualifying! It's really great, and free.

17. There are some random days. I know they gave out Oikos Greek yogurt and Oikos Yogurt flavored chapstick last year on "Oikos Yogurt Day". But free stuff, I'm not complaining.

I'll post more when I think of them.
Hope this helps guys!

Jacey
Aug 2nd, 2010, 05:30 AM
Hey Anthony

Might not remember but you gave me advice on my trip last year...EVERYTHING you said was right on. I would not have figured out half of what you listed on my own. I was there for 1 full week and was blown away by it all. I do have one ques. regarding the practice courts, there still is that one side that has some bleachers there, correct? That's where I got the best pictures of the top players. I'm addicted...going again this year for the 1st full week ;)

duhcity
Aug 3rd, 2010, 09:15 AM
You're welcome!
Just hoping to pass along the information now that I can't go.
I'm so insanely jealous you get to go this year. I'm leaving the 21st, days before qualies. Can't even make it to New Haven :(

I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of practice sessions. Unless it's like IW where you're pretty much 5 feet of empty space away from the players.

I've never seen Roger or Serena hit on-site before, so I dunno. I usually settle in for the matches right away.

PS+ Metorcard fare is now 2.25

Izzie.
Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:21 PM
Thanks for the tips! Do you have any for bringing in cameras-any experiences?
Also, I'm going to a day or two before the tournament starts, during qualies, and I'll be checking out the practice courts.

Jacey
Aug 4th, 2010, 05:25 AM
You're welcome!
Just hoping to pass along the information now that I can't go.
I'm so insanely jealous you get to go this year. I'm leaving the 21st, days before qualies. Can't even make it to New Haven :(

I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of practice sessions. Unless it's like IW where you're pretty much 5 feet of empty space away from the players.

I've never seen Roger or Serena hit on-site before, so I dunno. I usually settle in for the matches right away.

PS+ Metorcard fare is now 2.25

Is that for everytime used or :confused:

I think last year I bought a 5 or 7day Metrocard which was well worth it.

Slutiana
Aug 6th, 2010, 05:18 PM
Amazing tips! I will definitely be printing this off. :lol:

Thank you. :worship:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 6th, 2010, 09:34 PM
You were at Rybarikova/Chang?? where did you sit?

duhcity
Aug 6th, 2010, 10:00 PM
Right at the side, right of the umpire, in the front of the empire/next to the umpire.

I think we had this coversation last year :lol

shoparound
Aug 6th, 2010, 10:22 PM
Thanks for the tip!

barboza
Aug 11th, 2010, 05:13 AM
Thanks for the tips.. I heard some people just sneak into Ashe even if they had no tickets -- no idea how they did that.. I just don't like asking people for their tickets when they leave. It seems a bit random and desperate? Maybe if you have a good approach, I might try. After all, those courtside tickets cost about $1000 each... And yeah, the practice courts suck. I played there last weekend and there were only six or so. Plus you can only watch players from one side of the fence since they block off the rest for viewing.

Do you have any tips for sneaking in water bottles and food? And what's the policy on big cameras?

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 11th, 2010, 05:23 AM
Right at the side, right of the umpire, in the front of the empire/next to the umpire.

I think we had this coversation last year :lol

We did :haha:
What days are you going this year?

duhcity
Aug 11th, 2010, 05:31 AM
We did :haha:
What days are you going this year?

I'll be a college student this year. Leaving New York the 21st, so no days. It's why I'm sharing :lol:

Thanks for the tips.. I heard some people just sneak into Ashe even if they had no tickets -- no idea how they did that.. I just don't like asking people for their tickets when they leave. It seems a bit random and desperate? Maybe if you have a good approach, I might try. After all, those courtside tickets cost about $1000 each... And yeah, the practice courts suck. I played there last weekend and there were only six or so. Plus you can only watch players from one side of the fence since they block off the rest for viewing.

Do you have any tips for sneaking in water bottles and food? And what's the policy on big cameras?

I'd avoid the big cameras. A small one would be fine.
As for water and food, it depends on the person who checks you when you enter. If you get a zealous guy, it might matter. I brough water and snacks last year, wrapped in a sweater.

And yeah, it's a bit desperate, I admit. But there's no way I could afford courtside to Rog and Serena right now as a 17 year old.

shoparound
Aug 11th, 2010, 08:44 AM
I'm actually one of the ppl that checks bags. I might be lenient to TF members lol... maybe

duhcity
Aug 11th, 2010, 01:41 PM
Haha, fill us in on the inside info!
Are they changing the reentering rules this year?

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 11th, 2010, 06:22 PM
Thats Why I want to go to NYU Next year. So I can spend one day at the open :p

shoparound
Aug 11th, 2010, 11:39 PM
Haha, fill us in on the inside info!
Are they changing the reentering rules this year?

Don't know yet, training is this week :D

Izzie.
Aug 11th, 2010, 11:50 PM
Don't know yet, training is this week :D

I'm from TF and going a bunch of days hehe ;)

Do you think that I'd be able to bring in a Nikon D3000? I'm 16 and pretty short if that makes a difference, haha!

keii
Aug 12th, 2010, 08:39 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm from Turkey. I will be visiting New York on 8-23 September. I'm willing to attend some US Open matches, especially want to see Nadal and Federer playing. After all, in Turkey I will never get a chance to see Nadal and Federer.
There are some questions I want to ask since I have no experience or idea about the process going on at US Open.

1) Since I will be in NY on Sep 8, I may most likely attend to semifinals and final. I want to buy ticket online from ticketmaster; but for instance how will I know when Nadal will be playing his semi-final? ( I'm assuming he will reach the semis :) ) Usually men's semis on grand slams are played on last Friday; but I have downloaded US Open ticket flyer and it is written that men's semifinals are on Saturday. It's unreasonable to play semifinal and final on consecutive days. So, which one would be true?
And what's the current situation with semifinal and final tickets? sold out? Approximately how many tickets are still available? At ticketmaster's website I can see the available seats; but is that the real indicator or are there some other seats available which are not shown on ticketmaster's website?(I will buy from the upper part of the stadium)

2) Also, let's say, I bought a ticket for Friday's day session and the session is cancelled due to weather conditions. What's gonna happen to my ticket?

3) Another thing is that I want to see Nadal and Federer closely during their practices. Do they practice before the tournament begins or do they practice during the tournament too? For instance, will i get a chance to see Nadal practice before his semi final match, etc?

That's all for now :) If you can help me, I would be very pleased.
Thanks in advance.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Aug 12th, 2010, 03:40 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm from Turkey. I will be visiting New York on 8-23 September. I'm willing to attend some US Open matches, especially want to see Nadal and Federer playing. After all, in Turkey I will never get a chance to see Nadal and Federer.
There are some questions I want to ask since I have no experience or idea about the process going on at US Open.

1) Since I will be in NY on Sep 8, I may most likely attend to semifinals and final. I want to buy ticket online from ticketmaster; but for instance how will I know when Nadal will be playing his semi-final? ( I'm assuming he will reach the semis :) ) Usually men's semis on grand slams are played on last Friday; but I have downloaded US Open ticket flyer and it is written that men's semifinals are on Saturday. It's unreasonable to play semifinal and final on consecutive days. So, which one would be true?
And what's the current situation with semifinal and final tickets? sold out? Approximately how many tickets are still available? At ticketmaster's website I can see the available seats; but is that the real indicator or are there some other seats available which are not shown on ticketmaster's website?(I will buy from the upper part of the stadium)

2) Also, let's say, I bought a ticket for Friday's day session and the session is cancelled due to weather conditions. What's gonna happen to my ticket?

3) Another thing is that I want to see Nadal and Federer closely during their practices. Do they practice before the tournament begins or do they practice during the tournament too? For instance, will i get a chance to see Nadal practice before his semi final match, etc?

That's all for now :) If you can help me, I would be very pleased.
Thanks in advance.

The men's semifinals are played on Saturday afternoon. Ticketmaster is usually a good indicator of what is available--if you're willing to spend a lot of money, you could probably get seats that are much closer to the court on EBay.

As far as weather conditions go, as long as one match is completed on Arthur Ashe, there are no ticket refunds. If the day is a total washout, they give you a refund.

Nadal and Federer do practice during the tournament, but there's no guarantee you will get to see him practice before the semifinal. The practice times are not announced to the general public, and he might choose to practice in the stadium or on an outside court. Hope that helps :)

Jane Lane
Aug 13th, 2010, 02:06 AM
Does anyone know what date the doubles matches start? I was thinking about going the first two days but I want to see some doubles too!

Chris_G
Aug 13th, 2010, 07:12 PM
Does anyone know what date the doubles matches start? I was thinking about going the first two days but I want to see some doubles too!
If it's the same schedule they've been using for years, there won't be any doubles (except for a handful of men's matches) in the first two days. Women's and mixed doubles always start on Wednesday.

NyCPsU
Aug 13th, 2010, 08:55 PM
Wow, great tips Anthony. :worship:

I cant wait to go back finally this year. Havent been the last 4 years because of college. :eek:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 13th, 2010, 10:34 PM
Wow, great tips Anthony. :worship:

I cant wait to go back finally this year. Havent been the last 4 years because of college. :eek:

Its going to be a sad four years for me, so im going to take full advantage of my last trip. :(
Hopefully I gte into my first pick for college, then I could go :hearts:

NyCPsU
Aug 14th, 2010, 07:01 PM
It was always so frustrating because it was the first week of classes every year for me so I was just missing it. Going to go for three or four sessions this year to make up and may even make the trip to New Haven.

duhcity
Aug 14th, 2010, 07:31 PM
wait where'd you go? I leave the 21st, so I can't go to New Haven either
I was going to go down to DC until all of my faves collapsed.

savestheday91
Aug 14th, 2010, 09:08 PM
I can so sympathize with everyone who's been missing the USO during college :) It was the same for me, so the 4 years since I've been done, I always go to 4 or so sessions :lol:

shoparound
Aug 15th, 2010, 08:20 AM
Yeah, I just transferred to another college in the Pac-10, which has quarter scheduling, so now I can actually work at the US Open!
My old college in the BigXII had semesters so classes started early August

Justin
Aug 21st, 2010, 06:21 PM
[QUOTE=Anthony.;18245045]

1. Craigslist is your friend. A lot of people who buy Mini Plans sell day session Arthur Ashe tickets for the first week (until the weekend) for about 35-40 dollars, cheaper than the Grounds pass and it gives you access to Ashe.

Thanks for the tips.

What category on craigslist do people post their extra tickets? I'm guessing they are all gone by now, but I'm interested in finding out for next year.... Couldn't find anything.

shrOOf
Aug 24th, 2010, 02:52 PM
I want to visit the first round on Monday and Tuesday next week. There are still tickets available at the daily ticket office or not? :unsure:

Izzie.
Aug 24th, 2010, 03:53 PM
The tickets that are only for the grounds don't sell out until like the day of, correct?

sandv1
Aug 24th, 2010, 04:02 PM
It was always so frustrating because it was the first week of classes every year for me so I was just missing it.

I KNOW! :shout::mad: ...but then that's why I've been coming to qualies. I'll be leaving on day 1 of the MD. :sad:

Looks like this week's weather is gonna suck though.... :rain:

Does anyone know if book bags/knapsacks are allowed during qualies?!? I usually just carry stuff in plastic bags. :p

Robot919
Aug 24th, 2010, 08:45 PM
These are some great tips, Anthony!

I have a question regarding buying tickets. I want to purchase a Grounds pass ticket for the first or second day. It costs $50.

Is it possible to purchase the tickets when you get to the US Open (like if they have a ticket booth there, you can just buy the ticket when you get there), or do you need to buy the tickets beforehand?

sandv1
Aug 25th, 2010, 03:00 AM
I found out the answer to my question, so here it is. Yes and no. :p

No, in the sense that no _bookbags_ are allowed at _any_ part of the USO. OTOH, yes, those little whatachmacallit mini-bag knapsacks with stringy shoulder straps are okay. Also, single strapped shoulder bags are okay? (I'm not sure what size security meant by this, so your guess is likely better than mine.

I hope this helps.

-----------------------------------

Thanks, Anthony. Some of your tips were things I hadn't thought of or discovered at all. :yeah:

Kipling
Aug 25th, 2010, 02:57 PM
12. This is creepy, but on some of the smaller courts, the ballboys will hang the players towel on railings in front of seats. Some of you might like that, I don't know. Sat right in front of Rybarikova/Chang's towel last year.




Sweaty towel fetishists, I guess.

Seriously, thanks for the great tips.

How to get into a night session without a night session ticket: If you're there the whole day, leave once and get stamped. Then reenter. A LOT of people will leave after or near the end of the first match (especially if its the mens). When they exit Ashe, you can ask for their tickets. Eventually, someone will give you their tickets (at least I always get them). If the seats are in the uppertier, and your not happy, enter Ashe (you need a stamped hand to reenter Ashe with used tickets) and go up the right escalator. On the first landing, the area beyond the roped off areas will be the luxury suite and court side tickets entrance area. Wait there, and again ask people for their tickets. Once you get them, you can enter the roped area you'll have courtside seats. Last year, I got Federer/Serena, and Common and Jeremy Piven were both there as we

You dog! That's priceless.

Izzie.
Aug 25th, 2010, 04:59 PM
These are some great tips, Anthony!

I have a question regarding buying tickets. I want to purchase a Grounds pass ticket for the first or second day. It costs $50.

Is it possible to purchase the tickets when you get to the US Open (like if they have a ticket booth there, you can just buy the ticket when you get there), or do you need to buy the tickets beforehand?

You can buy tickets there, I'm pretty sure my dad has done it before. I think the line is pretty long, though.

Izzie.
Aug 26th, 2010, 02:49 PM
Do they let you bring lunches in during the qualifying rounds? Are the food places open?

barboza
Aug 27th, 2010, 07:07 AM
Do not attempt to get tickets at the site for Labor Day Weekend. They will be sold out. I repeat, sold out!

Robot919
Aug 28th, 2010, 01:36 AM
You can buy tickets there, I'm pretty sure my dad has done it before. I think the line is pretty long, though.


Do they let you bring lunches in during the qualifying rounds? Are the food places open?

I went to the US Open today (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!) with a friend I just met in college. I found out from a guy that works there that you CAN buy grounds pass tickets at the door, it just may cost a few dollars more.

To answer your question Izzie, I'm not sure if they will let you bring your lunch in, but I know the food places are open. There's different things. There's tacos, pizza, chicken fingers, french fries, ice cream, soda, water, and more. I went today and I bought a pizza to eat. It cost 8.50 for the whole pizza. I also bought fountain soda to go along with it, it cost $4.

Hopefully I kinda answered your question.