It is the single-most reason why I miss living in New York City. The annual U.S. Open tennis tournament. The culmination of the tennis year in Grand Slam fashion.
Anyone in NYC who is considering the trek on the 7 train out to Flushing Meadows Park–get sick at work now, and get out there. Especially if you’re a tennis fan. Nowhere else in the world can you get so close to the world’s greatest tennis–a few feet away.
Beyond the fact that the USTA Tennis Center hosts the most energetic tennis atmosphere in the world, the grounds themselves are decked out as a festival: Live music, plenty of food, shopping, drinks, drinks, sunshine, great tennis, drinks and great tennis.
Tickets sales on the first few days of the tournament guarantee access to any of the courts, as well as an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where you can witness the top names in tennis doing what they do best. They sell as Day or Night session passes, and I think you should go. I think you should go, and allow me to live through you vicariously.
For those of us stuck a few thousand miles away, the TV and Interweb will push plenty of coverage, both live and interactive, on the Tennis Channel, as well as ESPN2 and the official US Open Tennis site. When the weekends roll around, CBS will take the lead.
Everyone will be there. Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sherapova, Ana Ivanovic and Andy Roddick’s wife, Brooklyn Decker–everyone really seems to dig that chick.
The action gets under way this morning around 11 a.m.