Monday 29th August – Sunday 11th September
The Unites States Open Tennis Championship was first held in 1881 on Newport, Rhode Island. However since 1978 the tournament has taken place on the courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Queens, New York City.
The tournament is well-known for its being the courts it is played on. The hardcourt tournament takes place on DecoTurf surfaces. This allows for the tournaments characteristically fast pace and lower bounce. The courts lend themselves particularly well to serve-and-volley players who find the unique surfaces enhance their game.
The tournament is structures of five main events which are; men and women’s singles, men and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, senior and junior wheelchair players. The tournament is also unique in that it is the only major which has tiebreakers in every set of any match.
Whilst no dress code is enforced it is common to treat the US Open with a sense of occasion and dress accordingly. A garden party look is probably the best way to describe the attire the championship encourages. Women often wear casual summer dresses or blouses with blazers, whilst men opt for chinos or casual trousers with open necked shirts and blazers.
Fans from all over the world hold the championship with respect and can be found amongst the spectators watching the action unfold. As well as the sporting elite on the pitch, a whole host of celebrity and royal fans have been spotted at the US Open. Pippa Middleton, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, and Anna Wintour have all been seen in attendance.
What to do
The US Open is renowned for the fantastic dining experiences that it offers. It usually offers a range of cuisines and styles of eatery to choose from including Cuban bars and American steakhouses. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, sit down meal, or somewhere to socialise with friends, there is plenty on offer at the Open.
If you’re looking to enjoy the US Open in more opulent surroundings, there are plenty of hospitality packages which can cater to your every need. The Arthur Ashe Stadium holds a lounge which is perfect for those wishing to entertain whilst they watch the action unfold on plasma screens. With prime seats, private rooms, and catering, this is where to watch the Open in style.
In previous years the US Open has kept the party going with the likes of the Mojito Bar. Aptly names for the Latin-inspired cocktails it served, the bar offered a refreshing pit stop for those pre, during, or after a hard day watching the action unfold on court. With indoors and outdoor seating as well as a garden and multiple screens, it’s a great way to celebrate the day. Similarly Heineken House offered a relaxed spot for spectators to indulge in some beers whilst socialising with friends.