Question about US OPEN

tennismex123

New User
Hello everyone! Im planning to attend the US OPEN this year, I have already bought 3 sessions for the Artur Ashe Stadium, the 1st of September Night Session, and the 2 of September day and night session.
My goal is to watch at least once each one of the Big 3 and I can’t decide what session to buy the 3rd of September…
I want to know if there’s always Sold out of tickets in the Open or if there’s a chance that I can buy the tickets of that day knowing the schedule the day before.
Looking for tips also of the tournament, it’s my first grand slam that I’m going to attend.
Thanks in advance for your responses!
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
I would think that if you are willing to pay $$$$ you would be able to get tixs the night before ... might be sold out on the main USO portal, but I am certain other sites will have them, just be willing to pay.

Hope you enjoy your trip!
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
watching the headline match in the big stadium will be a bit of a disappointment. you can see even less than what you see on TV.
Your biggest thrill will be hanging around the outer and practice courts. seeing the lesser stars play up close is actually more fun than seeing the big stars from 1/4 mile away. Just sayin.
 

S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
watching the headline match in the big stadium will be a bit of a disappointment. you can see even less than what you see on TV.
Your biggest thrill will be hanging around the outer and practice courts. seeing the lesser stars play up close is actually more fun than seeing the big stars from 1/4 mile away. Just sayin.
It depends on how close you can get.

I saw Djokovic v Kohlschrieber from the nose bleed seats, which was hardly worth it.

I saw Federer v Delbonis from the 2nd row; that was awesome! And the tickets were free; double awesome!

In general, I get a grounds pass and watch more of the lesser-knowns and doubles.
 

5sets

Professional
watching the headline match in the big stadium will be a bit of a disappointment. you can see even less than what you see on TV.
Your biggest thrill will be hanging around the outer and practice courts. seeing the lesser stars play up close is actually more fun than seeing the big stars from 1/4 mile away. Just sayin.
Amen to that, growing up I used to go to the Qualifying rounds for free, not sure if it’s still free. Outer courts is the best deal in town.
 
As someone mentioned earlier, it’s heavily influenced by budget. I love watching the early matches on the outer courts, but watching Federer center court in Arthur Ashe is one of the absolute best experiences I’ve ever had. If you watch from the upper deck, it’s probably not worth it, but if you’re close enough to watch the speed, footwork and shotmaking of one of the greats, I think it’s an awesome experience. We used Stubhub same day, so we knew we would get a matchup/player we wanted.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Amen to that, growing up I used to go to the Qualifying rounds for free, not sure if it’s still free. Outer courts is the best deal in town.
The qualifying rounds are still free. However, the USTA in their infinite wisdom decided that the qualifying tournament would not be open to the public due to COVID this year, even though they are opening the main draw to 100% capacity the very next week.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
I've only been to the US Open once, back in 2006. We bought tickets for sessions in Arthur Ashe, but they were so far up, they weren't worth using. We watched a set or two of a Roddick match in there, and then spent the rest of the time at outer courts, the Grandstand (which has since been replaced), and Armstrong (where we snuck down to the first row and were eventually evicted after an hour or two by an usher, but it was fun while it lasted).

If I were to go again, I would agree with the others that I would go early in the tournament, buy grounds passes, and then spring for scalped tickets on one of the exchanges like Stubhub if there was a session I really wanted to see.
 

S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
FYI: I saw an email from the BNP Paribas tournament [that will be held in early October] and, not only will all guests have to prove full vaccination, I also heard a rumor that no grounds passes will be sold [in an attempt to limit mingling, I suppose].

I don't know if this is true. But it might be worth investigating what the USO's policy will be.
 

darkhorse

Semi-Pro
FYI: I saw an email from the BNP Paribas tournament [that will be held in early October] and, not only will all guests have to prove full vaccination, I also heard a rumor that no grounds passes will be sold [in an attempt to limit mingling, I suppose].

I don't know if this is true. But it might be worth investigating what the USO's policy will be.
The USO has been selling tickets for close to a month now, and they are selling grounds passes. As of right now I don't think they have announced any restrictions and every indication is that it will be 100% capacity, but obviously things can change quickly.

This is what their website says today:

We're excited that we will be able to welcome back fans at 100% capacity for the 2021 US Open! All ticket categories for the 25 sessions, from reserved stadium seating to general admission grounds passes will be available.
We are aware of Mayor de Blasio's recent announcement regarding COVID mitigation policies going into effect in New York City. We remain in regular communication with New York City officials regarding all issues surrounding COVID and we will be sure to communicate any policies that affect the US Open in a very timely manner. We will continue to follow CDC COVID-related guidelines that are in effect for our event.
 

sovertennis

Professional
I've been to the USO at least 15x and never tire of it. Somewhere along the way though, I gave up on the notion of getting a good view of the night matches on the stadium, for the reason already mentioned here. I've had seats everywhere from a lux box (located next to the ESPN box) to courtside on Ashe and have seen some great matches; however, the real thrill for me is wandering the grounds and finding a match there, where I can be really close to the play. Have a great time.
 

WhiteOut

Semi-Pro
Hello everyone! Im planning to attend the US OPEN this year, I have already bought 3 sessions for the Artur Ashe Stadium, the 1st of September Night Session, and the 2 of September day and night session.
My goal is to watch at least once each one of the Big 3 and I can’t decide what session to buy the 3rd of September…
I want to know if there’s always Sold out of tickets in the Open or if there’s a chance that I can buy the tickets of that day knowing the schedule the day before.
Looking for tips also of the tournament, it’s my first grand slam that I’m going to attend.
Thanks in advance for your responses!
a little bit of a different take...doing a whole day session and going straight into a night session makes for a very looooooong day...we've been to a number of large tourneys, and the back-to-back/day-night run almost winds up being too much...like after a while it's all one big tennis match. the last year miami was @ crandon, we did an entire day session, and rolled right into a night session. the last match of the day was venus vs kusnetsova -- awesome match, but by the time it got started, we were fried...almost couldnt really appreciate it to its fullest....and it went three sets.

if you've already bought the tix, it'll still be a great time, but check the order of play each night. if you find the night matches just aren't that sexy, don't feel badly about swapping tix with someone, if it means you'll be able to break things up and see the exact matches you want. that said, a night match in ashe is pretty awesome...havent been there since the roof was added and this may be the year we get back.
 

5sets

Professional
The qualifying rounds are still free. However, the USTA in their infinite wisdom decided that the qualifying tournament would not be open to the public due to COVID this year, even though they are opening the main draw to 100% capacity the very next week.
Not that I don’t believe you, but can you direct me to a website that states this. I was planning on driving up this year and I can’t find anything that says quailes is closed to public. If it’s open would love to meet some of y’all over a $10 Heineken, or maybe their $20 a cup now.
 

Pavla

Semi-Pro
Have seen a few matches in Ashe and enjoyed them, but I can't afford the good seats so I probably won't do that again. My favorite spot is Courts 4, 5 & 6. Have sat front row for some great matches. Close to restrooms that don't usually have a line, coffee shop, a water fountain, some shade, the practice courts. Tennis utopia :)
 

tennismex123

New User
Thanks everyone! Looking at your responses I will probably just buy ground passes and wait for a great matchup and spend more money on stubhub.
Another question, the tickets that people sell in Stubhub are for all the session? Or it’s possible that they sell a ticket for the last match for example?
 

WhiteOut

Semi-Pro
Thanks everyone! Looking at your responses I will probably just buy ground passes and wait for a great matchup and spend more money on stubhub.
Another question, the tickets that people sell in Stubhub are for all the session? Or it’s possible that they sell a ticket for the last match for example?
any tix purchased are for the entire session. others may know better, but pretty sure a night session tix gets you in to the other new outer courts also -- we last went in 2010, so they've since added the round arena and also reconfigured armstrong and the one next so it. point is, back when we went, ashe was the only night session going. now i think they run night session matches at those other 2-3 courts also (but not the 'outer' courts). someone else please chime in about that -- now i'm curious.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Not that I don’t believe you, but can you direct me to a website that states this. I was planning on driving up this year and I can’t find anything that says quailes is closed to public. If it’s open would love to meet some of y’all over a $10 Heineken, or maybe their $20 a cup now.



I was upset when I found out about this because I was planning on taking my daughter to New York that week and checking out the qualifying matches.
 

ichaseballs

Semi-Pro
as a long time us open attendee...

buy the louis armstrong tickets that are reserved. ashe even the middle "loge" tickets are meh and still are $$$
watching elite players up close is better than watching from a distance.
you can hang out by the practice courts as well
also during the day session pay attention to the sun/shade, you'll want to sit on the chair ump side of the stadium

as much as the big 3 is great, you'll be in for a better match with a good matchup.
in 2019 i was a bit disappointed going in to the scheduled medvedev vs lopez match, but wow surprised with a great match.
med became the villain... gave the finger, snapped at a ball-man. (i also got to see a 40 yr old ball-man)



 
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NoChance

Rookie
I attended the Open maybe a dozen times, from the early '70s, to the mid-'90s. I haven't been back since, and haven't been in Ashe.

When I realized that the USTA had turned the Open into a "cash cow," I stopped. No more decent seats for a reasonable price, the concession prices kept rising, dealing with rude crowds of people, hotel prices, etc.

I'll watch matches here and there on TV. Paying my cable bill is still less expensive than going to the Open. And, it's ten steps to the fridge, where the beer I grab cost me a bit more than a dollar.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame



I was upset when I found out about this because I was planning on taking my daughter to New York that week and checking out the qualifying matches.
So, the lead story on the ESPN tennis section today is about how no spectators will be allowed at the US Open qualifying tournament due to COVID-19 concerns and how the USTA says that this was a "particularly tough decision."


First, this isn't new news. The US Open website has been stating that the qualifying tournament would not be open to the public for several weeks, so why is ESPN just picking this up now?

Second, apparently attending the US Open when the matches are free is not safe because of the virus, but as soon as you start paying for the tickets, everyone is welcome and the virus is no longer a concern. So, paying for US Open tickets is the cure for COVID! In other words, if you are afraid to get the vaccine, just buy a US Open ticket instead! :laughing:
 

5sets

Professional
So, the lead story on the ESPN tennis section today is about how no spectators will be allowed at the US Open qualifying tournament due to COVID-19 concerns and how the USTA says that this was a "particularly tough decision."


First, this isn't new news. The US Open website has been stating that the qualifying tournament would not be open to the public for several weeks, so why is ESPN just picking this up now?

Second, apparently attending the US Open when the matches are free is not safe because of the virus, but as soon as you start paying for the tickets, everyone is welcome and the virus is no longer a concern. So, paying for US Open tickets is the cure for COVID! In other words, if you are afraid to get the vaccine, just buy a US Open ticket instead! :laughing:
Sucks. They should just charge $30 this year for qualy rounds and that would cut the spectator numbers in half. I would still go for sure. But yeah it’s BS. Not going to get into politics, so many things have been like that these past months, okay to assemble for blah blah blah but this is unsafe even though it’s the same concept lol.
 

jeep2008

Rookie
Covid takes about 2 weeks to start showing its strength and picking up the number of infected people.I guess they want to keep it safe and have minimum covid cases on the grounds for the qualy rounds so they can get the 2 weeks of the main tournament as covid cases free as possible.
 

S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
Covid takes about 2 weeks to start showing its strength and picking up the number of infected people.I guess they want to keep it safe and have minimum covid cases on the grounds for the qualy rounds so they can get the 2 weeks of the main tournament as covid cases free as possible.
I'd imagine that attendance during regular rounds is >10x that of qualies. So, even if the infection thinking is correct, it only applies to say, <10% of the people.

If it's a public health decision, it doesn't make sense to me. If they're concerned about spread, don't allow fans at all. Or, as a compromise, allow fans during qualies when attendance is very low [although this decision will increase attendance]. Or, if it's not about spread, allow fans during both. But to disallow fans during Qs but allow them during the main event is illogical from a public health standpoint.
 

schmke

Hall of Fame
I'd imagine that attendance during regular rounds is >10x that of qualies. So, even if the infection thinking is correct, it only applies to say, <10% of the people.

If it's a public health decision, it doesn't make sense to me. If they're concerned about spread, don't allow fans at all. Or, as a compromise, allow fans during qualies when attendance is very low [although this decision will increase attendance]. Or, if it's not about spread, allow fans during both. But to disallow fans during Qs but allow them during the main event is illogical from a public health standpoint.
The story I read seemed to imply the number of players and coaches on the grounds the week before, all those there both for qualies but also those in the main draw that go there to practice, was significantly higher than during the main tournament, and that allowing spectators too would be too much.

The USTA said Thursday that the "greatest number of players and their entourages are on site" during qualifying, with 256 players participating in those preliminary rounds sharing the grounds with the main draw players and their entourages.

That means more than 2,500 people will access the site during that week, and indoor capacity at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is being reduced because of COVID-19 protocols.
Now, does this reasonably make sense? Saying more than 2,500 people means fans aren't allowed, but during the tournament when there are less suddenly makes 100% fan capacity ok? Not really, but it is the USTA (or perhaps local gov't).
 

schmke

Hall of Fame
Here are the safety guidelines for the tournament:

This is actually more informative, the ESPN (and other outlets) story omitted this part:

And this year, because indoor capacity at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has been greatly reduced due to COVID-19 protocols, many of the player facilities, including dining, training, and recreation facilities, have been moved outdoors onto the grounds of the NTC into public areas for the week of Qualifying. With that, there is not enough room to allow fans to access the site while still ensuring player and fan safety—which remains our top priority.
 
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