The U.S. Open is the largest tennis tournament in the country and one of the sport’s four prestigious Grand Slam showcases. The two-week competition returns to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens this year, from Monday, August 26 – Sunday, September 8, 2019. Not only is this an opportunity to see some of the best tennis in the world, but it’s also a great opportunity to see NYC’s most populous and diverse borough. Check out our guide to the best things to see and do at the US Open in NYC.
The preliminary events and opening ceremony.
While the biggest events of the year for other sports are over in a matter of hours, the U.S. Open is as long as the Summer Olympics. Tickets to watch ambitious up-and-comers compete in preliminary matches are free and will expose you to tomorrow’s stars before they make it big. And just like the Olympics, the opening ceremony will fill you with all the wonder and excitement you need to get through the next two weeks.
With over 40 percent of its population foreign-born, the Queens neighborhood of Flushing is one of the most diverse in the city, with a thriving restaurant scene to match. You can get some of the most authentic Chinese food in the city at nearly any place you stumble into.
But for a banquet befitting the Grand Slam spectacle, your best bet is the cluster of restaurants in the sports complex itself. Aces and Champions both serve up local seafood specials, but the crème de la crème is the US Open Club, located on the ground floor of the Arthur Ashe stadium. You’ll need restaurant passes to access these establishments — they’re included with some series passes, or available à la carte.
For something less formal, check out the US Open Food Village, a sprawling selection of vendors spread over four different locations throughout the complex. With everything from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to iced coffee to oyster happy hour, you can get a complete summer meal experience without leaving the Open at all.
Flushing Meadows park may seem dominated by the tennis complex, but it’s one of the city’s biggest and most treasured parks. Having hosted the World’s Fair twice, it has no shortage of world-class attractions. In addition to its sprawling greens, which offer a tranquility unheard of in Manhattan, check out the Queens Zoo, the carousel, the World’s Fair globe, and the Queens Art Museum.
Of course, don’t forget what you came all the way out to Queens for — the best tennis in the world, at the U.S. Open in NYC. Check out the schedule of matches. You can either buy a ticket for multiple days or individual tickets. If there’s a particular player you want to see, seasoned pros advise checking out previous years’ schedules to determine where you’re most likely to catch them, and whether it makes sense to get the “grounds admission” (access to all except the main Arthur Ashe court) or a ticket for Arthur Ashe.
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