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How Will Rain and Bad Weather Affect Your US Open Tennis Tickets?

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Roger Federer, tennis great, at the 2010 US Open in Flushing Meadows.

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Question: How Will Rain and Bad Weather Affect Your US Open Tennis Tickets?
Raining on the day you have tickets to the US Open? It's your worst nightmare. You trekked out to Flushing Meadows to see your favorite tennis players, but the rain won't go away. So here's what you do.
Answer: Rain delays are not uncommon at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, but to get completely rained out of a session, well, that's tough luck. The US Open staff makes every effort to deal with rain, letting the show go on, but in case of an all-day rain, you might end up watching the Open next year. If the weather looks bad on your US Open day, plan to go to Flushing Meadows regardless. It's likely that the grounds crew will have tennis swinging. If it's a real downpour, check the TV news and USOpen.org for announcements. But, seriously, don't chance missing your day at the Open on account of a little moisture.

If your session does get rained out, you should be able to exchange either for another session this year (and there are limits to this option), or get the same day/seats at next year's Open. You may have to be at the USTA's box office in Flushing Meadows to make a switch for this year's Open. And, there are exceptions depending upon how you obtained your tickets. Refer to the official page for detail. There are no refunds.

If your tickets are for an early session that gets rained out, then you have a chance of getting tickets for later this week. But you would have to be in Flushing Meadows right away to try and exchange at the box office and beat the other folks in the same boat. That probably means standing in the rain.

What If the Match Had Started Before It Was Cancelled?

If a match in your session has been completed, you may be out of luck. It depends upon the time fo day (or night). See the official inclement weather policy for the nitty-gritty details.

What If The Finals Get Rained Out?

"The Inclement Weather Policy does not apply to sessions #23 through #26." Ouch. That means officially you're out of luck. However, the US Open management would most likely honor tickets for a rescheduled final. They're just keeping their options open.

So You're Stuck in the Rain

You're out in Flushing Meadows and it's raining. Either the match has been delayed, or cancelled, and you're wondering what to do. You're in luck! The US Open is one subway stop from the largest Chinatown in New York City.

Top choice has to be eating Sichuan food at Spicy & Tasty (39-07 Prince St, Flushing), a single subway stop to a singularly great taste. If the damp has dampened your spirits, there's nothing like Sichuan peppercorn to enliven. Try the dumplings swimming in sauce.

For a shopping excursion, try the Flushing Mall. Enter on 37th Avenue (at Prince), and look for the Toy Qube shop on the second floor. It's full of designer toys that will wash those rain clouds right out of your hair.
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