WHO: The best of the best in tennis today. Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic. And Serena. That's right, Serena! Plus Naomi Osaka. last year's female winner, along with plenty of your other faves. Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old phenom who toppled Serena at Wimbledon will also be on hand.
(We're simply crazy about her.)
WHAT: The 139th US Open tennis championships, people! The championship tournament has been around since 1881. Since 1987, it's been chronologically the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year, after the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. It's one of the highlights of summer here in New York City. The tennis will blow you away, the crowds are cool and the available food for purchase is killer: like an oyster bar, spicy fried chicken sandwiches and burgers from David Chang's Fuku, plus grain bowls from chef JJ Johnson for you healthy types. And of course, dogs...always dogs. Oh--and there's even a signature cocktail, courtesy of the Grey Goose bar: the Open's Honey Deuce, a mixture of vodka freshly squeezed lemonade and raspberry liqueur, topped with honeydew melon balls.
WHEN: August 26th through September 8th. But the US Open Fan Week runs earlier (August 19th through the 25th). Tickets to the fan week are free, and visitors can check out the qualifying tournament, player practices, legends matches, sponsor booths, contests, prizes and a special Net Generation Kids' Zone.
WHERE: The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, a quick and convenient hop on the 7 train. (The subway stop is literally next to the stadium.)
WHY: Roger and Serena and Rafa, oh my!
HOW MUCH: It depends. (Doesn't it always?) Single matches start around $65 to $100 for the cheap seats to around $245 to $1,000 to seats close to the action to a full, crazy VIP pass, starting at $2,125, that enables you to do everything but restring Djokovic's racket. (Gulp. We know.) But for regular people? Your best bet is to purchase a day ground pass on the first week. There are sixteen courts other than Arthur Ashe and some of the best players will be hitting on them for those first seven days, which gives you an opportunity to see those 120 mph serves up close!