I've never been to a grand slam before but this year I'm seriously considering going to the US Open along with 3 friends. We'll depart from Texas. We defintely want to watch the complete quaterfinal to the final on Sunday 9/13. So maybe a complete 7-8 day second week stay would be ideal. We'd like a decent hotel around a 4 star level. So for this kind of stay, what would be our best deal? Should we book through a travel site /travel agent for airfare/hotel/car rental package, then purchase the tickets separately, or should we go with complete-package deal like the Steve Furgal or Grand Slam Tennis Tours as linked on the US Open website? All considered, what would be an estimated per person cost for the 8 day? Just a ballpark. I guess the most confusing part would be the tickets actually. I've seen the online tickent booking system and the prices vary from 82 to 880. We just want a "regular" type of seat, nothing fancy front but not one of those super far or standing tickets either. So exactly how much can we expect to pay per person for quater? For Semi? For final? Does it make sense to purchae one of those "mini plans" or things alike? Some advice from you lucky slam frequenters would be appreciated!