As the summer draws to a close, the greatest tennis players in the world gather at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, to play in the ultimate Grand Slam tennis final—The U.S. Open. The event will be held from Monday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Sept. 11. The Open, which is played outdoors, draws thousands to see the best talent in the tennis world. The U.S. Open has two sessions daily: a day session beginning at 11 a.m. and an evening session.
In the past, inclement weather delayed play; however, with the new retractable roof constructed over Arthur Ashe Stadium, play can continue as scheduled. In addition, a new grandstand was constructed and a new oyster bar at the back of court 7. What is more exciting is the incredible talent that will play in the stadiums.
Fresh off the Olympics in Rio, Juan Martin del Potro has obtained a wild card slot in the U.S. Open. Del Potro won the U.S. Open in 2008; last week he defeated Rafael Nadal at the Olympics to earn the silver medal. The 2013 U.S. Open champ Andy Murray, who secured his place in Olympic history, will also be at the Open as will as five time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovíc. Roger Federer will not be playing this year due to a knee injury.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki are considered favorites. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, an American who just returned from Rio with an Olympic gold in doubles, has won a wild card slot to the main draw. Mattek-Sands is best known for winning the Australian Open in 2015 and the French Open doubles with Lucie Šafárová last year. The USTA also gave main-draw wild cards to Kayla Day, USTA Girls’ 18s national champion and Sofia Kenin, USTA Pro Circuit wild card challenge winner. The U.S. Open draw for all players will be announced on Friday, Aug. 26.
Starting the event will be the 21st Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day, which will bring in platinum hip-hop artist Flo Rida as part of the entertainment.
The U.S. Open is the premier event in tennis that you won’t want to miss. Accessible by train, subway, bus or car, visit www.usopen.org for more information.