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This has to be one of the most delusional posts of all time. Go to the Open for the first two weeks and you can see all the top guys and gals up close and for a reasonable price. I have no idea what this guy is talking about. Week 1 is the qualifying rounds and you can see everything for free and that includes the top guys and gals practicing on the outer courts. I saw Isner and Tiafoe two years ago and I had 3rd row center, basically courtside and I paid $125. I also saw Tsonga after Isner-Tiafoe.That's precisely why this tournament is such a pleasure treasure,
and the very reason it blows away the US Open.
All the city ilk and international tourists are eliminated !
If US Open is a Spring Break loud disco nightclub with sweaty bodies packed wall to wall,
then the NY Open is a quiet night at the local wine bar, where you get the corner sofa.
There is simply no comparing the 2 events,
as they serve very different crowds and mindsets.
NY Open is for hardcore tennis junkies
US Open is a media scene for tourists and autograph seekers.
One is the local fine arts cinema,
while the other is the 20 screen Multi-Super-Duper-Hyper-Ultra-Mega-Double-Extra-Triple-Extreme-Infinity-Plex.
Baking in 100 degree sweltering heat, with people packed everywhere ?
Get up and your bleacher seat is gone? Rain delays? Sunburn?
F all of that.
NY Open is indoors and you get 5 seats to yourself.
There was literally no one on line when I got myself a burger!
I am ruined. I don't think I can ever attend US Open again.
Ironically, you will see bigger stars at the NY Open.
At the US Open, you can't even get within 1000 feet of a top ATP player without getting trampled.
Hell, you can barely even see them practice.
The practice fence is packed 5 people deep. You get to see backs of heads.
$60 for some nosebleed seats that require binoculars in some NFL sized stadium.
At the US Open, I have never even come within shouting distance of an well known pro.
Just anonymous qualifiers, which is what I prefer anyway (vantage point)
But tonight, for $20, 45 mins, and $0 parking, I saw #9 Isner play.
I have never seen #9 at the US Open. I've not even been there on the same day #9 is on the grounds, LOL!
Not without binoculars. (made that Armstrong mistake once, and never went back)
At NY Open, I moved my seat every set, and saw all angles.
I would never have seen Isner at the US Open unless I brought my binoculars or paid $250.
Incidentally, this Isner was the most intense match I have seen in my life.
I know it's just some meaningless regional match,
but I felt like I was witnessing something incredible.
Now I know what "serve bot" means.
But, it was 2 serve bots pitted against each other.
I've never seen anything like this.
Neither player was able to return the other guys serve.
Maybe once per service game was a ball even put into play.
I am still trying to process it, and it warrants its own thread.
Oh, and real hardcore tennis fans actually will brave those "horrible" weather and crowd conditions to watch a grand slam. If the conditions at the US Open make you want to stay away, I'd question if you are really a true fan. Oh i was gonna see Fed, The Joker or Rafa, but it's just too crowded and hot. I'll wait for the NY Open, it's close by my home and I can see Isner. LOL. Wow.