If people are all recovered from the VMA 2013 festivities from tonight, they will be ready to start watching the US Open, which begins Aug. 26, 2013 and goes through Sept. 9, 2013. Originally the event was going to last only until Sept. 8, but due to player requests for a day of rest between the semifinals and finals, the event will end Monday Sept. 9. This year’s event will be held in Flushing, Queens to see the last of four annual, professional tennis events. More than 37,000 spectators a day will watch more than 70 players, including favorites such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. Andy Murray, whose championship at the 2012 U.S. Open made him the first man from Britain to win a major title since Fred Perry in 1936, will be the defending champion.
Expect heightened security during the event. There is a one bag per person limit, but there is a baggage check outside. Ironically, spectators are not allowed to bring tennis rackets. To see a list of banned items at the US Open, click here. Once inside though, there are some new things to see. Social networking has been included in this year’s event allowing fans from around the world to become famous for as long as their tweet stays on the 50-foot by 8-foot video wall next to Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Semifinals and finals will have only day sessions. But the previous matches will feature day and night matches. That will make it interesting in various ways because the atmosphere will change inside the stadium, but shoe company Nike will release some new shoe styles and colors which take advantage of the changing atmospheres between night and day.
Getting to the US Open will be relatively easy with around a forty five minute commute on the seven train from Times Square. Even if people did not buy tickets, the US Open should make for an interesting people watching experience with a variety of food trucks outside of the stadium. For those with no tickets, a good option to watch the game is Roosevelt Sports Bar.
It’s always a great time to be in New York City but even more so now for the tennis fans. There are now fifteen days to get involved in some way with all the US Open action, be it live or in a sports bar. So enjoy it while it lasts because it only comes to New York City once a year.