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US Open Tennis Championships 2014 - Visitors Guide

US Open Schedule, Tickets, and Free Events

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Tim Henman Serving at the US Open

Tim Henman Serving at the US Open

Photo (c) John Roleke

The US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, Queens, is one of the premier sporting events in the world. Along with the neighboring Mets at Citif Field, the US Open puts Queens on the sports map. The two-week tournament is held every August and September at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

  • US Open - Monday, August 25 to Monday, September 8, 2014
  • US Open Tickets - Tickets go on sale officially for general public starting June 9, 2014.
    • Tickets on sale for USTA members - April
    • You can place a deposit on a "full series" and "mini plan" ticket at any time. These are tickets for multiple days.
    • Tickets go on sale for American Express Cardmembers June 2-7, earlier than for general public
    • Social Media Presale: Sunday, June 8. "Like" US Open on Facebook or other major social media  and get ticket access on June 8
    • Individual ticket sales open for general public on June 9
  • US Open Directions

Players compete in Men's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Singles, Women's Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. CBS, USA Network, and many international broadcasters will carry the action live as 2013 winner Rafael Nadal returns to defend his crowns. Women's champ Serena Williams will be back in action at Flushing Meadows.

Tennis matches occur during the day (day session starts at 11 a.m.) and at night (night session starts at 7 p.m.) on most days of the tournament, and are held in several venues within the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Tennis Venues at the US Open

  • Arthur Ashe Stadium hosts the top-seeded matches and the finals. Usually five matches per day at Ashe.
  • Louis Armstrong Stadium has some reserved seating and also open seating for ground pass or other ticket-holders.
  • The Grandstand is a smaller venue, open to anyone with a grounds pass or other ticket.
  • Field courts throughout the grounds. These are a great chance to get real close to the action. In the first few days of the tournament, the field courts are simply the best places to watch tennis. The experience of being so close to the action is unparalleled.

Although the main US Open tournament is the best tennis, it's a lot of fun to check out the free Qualifying Tournament (August 19-22) and Practice Day (August 24) before the main event. Arthur Ashe Kids' Day (August 23) is also a great event for children and their families. These free events are a good value for getting close to the tennis action.

Grounds Admission Tickets
The Grounds Pass or Grounds Admission is a relatively cheap way to see a lot of tennis. Grounds Admission is only available the first eight days of the tournament, with access to matches held in the field courts, Grandstand, and portions of the Louis Armstrong Stadium. For a hearty tennis fan, that can mean five or more matches. The Grounds Admission, however, does not grant admission to Arthur Ashe Stadium.

US Open Events and Schedule

  • Open Practice Day- August 24, 2014 - Come see many world-class tennis stars getting ready for the opening day of the tournament. Gates open at 11 a.m. Free
  • Make sure to get there early for a seat.
  • US Open Main Tournament - Monday, August 25, to Monday, September 8, 2014
  • US Open Men's Championships - September 8
  • US Open Women's Championships - September 7
  • Night sessions are cheaper and usually cooler. The weather in late August and early September can be very hot and humid in NYC.
  • Official US Open schedule and tickets - Ticket sales start early June 2014

More: Directions to the US Open in Flushing Meadows

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