The World’s Top Tennis Champions Face Off at the US Open
This year the US Open is celebrating its 50th anniversary, which is a milestone in tennis tournament history. New York City is always abuzz with excitement as opening day draws near, and this year is no exception. The event is touted as the most attended sporting event in New York City.
If you’re a tennis fan or have never experienced the thrill of a Grand Slam tennis tournament, now is the time to start planning your trip. Make it a Labor Day weekend getaway or take time off during the week. Whatever your plans entail, there’s nothing more fun than going with a group of friends. Even better, let US Coachways do the driving.
Where is the 2018 US Open?
The US Open1 is held in Flushing, Queens New York at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Contenders for championships play on hard courts, and the grounds contain 22 courts in all, but the main show courts are Arthur Ashe, Louis Armstrong, Grandstand and Court 17. There are 13 field courts and five practice courts. The primary court is Arthur Ashe Stadium, which holds 22,547 seats. The stadium is named after Arthur Ashe, the African American tennis champion, who won the men’s final at the US Open in 1968.
The year 2018 and the 50th tournament anniversary also mark the completion of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with its finished construction of the Louis Armstrong and Grandstand stadiums and other completed innovations.
When is the 2018 US Open?
Traditionally, the US Open always starts on the last Monday in August.
This year it begins on August 27th and goes through September 9th. The first session time occurs at 11:00 a.m. on Monday and the second session is at 7:00 p.m.
Scheduling follows this daily 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. pattern throughout the tournament through September 5th. Thursday September 6th has only one session, an evening session at 7:00 p.m. for the women’s Semifinals. Scheduling for Sept 7– 9 is as follows:
Sept 7 12:00 p.m. Men’s Doubles Final or Mixed Doubles Final
4:00 p.m. Men’s Semifinals
Sept 8 12:00 p.m. Mixed Doubles Final or Men’s Doubles Final
4:00 p.m. Women’s Final
Sept 9 1:00 p.m. Women’s Doubles Final
4:00 p.m. Men’s Final
The Final Tennis Tournament
The US Open is the last of four major tournaments, including the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. All tournaments are Grand Slams, which means they are the highest-ranking tournaments, offer the greatest recognition, and award the largest prize money to their champions.
Traditionally, the Australian Open is held mid January. The French Open occurs in May and June. Wimbledon takes place in July and the US Open always begins the last week of August, wrapping up in September.
What Grand Slam Winner’s Will Be Competing for the 2018 Championship Titles?
Champions in women’s tennis with high profiles in the media will be vying for their places, including 12 Grand Slam singles champions of which six are US Open winners.
Top ranked players in the world stand to compete:
- Sloane Stephens – 2017 US Open winner and defending champion
- Simona Halep – Reigning 2018 French Open champion
- Serena Williams – six-time US Open winner
- Venus Williams – two-time US Open winner
- Maria Sharapova – 2006 US Open champion
- Samantha Stosur – 2011 US Open winner
- Angelique Kerber – 2016 US Open champion
- Caroline Wozniacki – 2018 Australian Open champion
- Garbiñe Muguruza – two-time Grand Slam women’s singles champion
- Petra Kvitova – two-time Wimbledon champion
- Victoria Azarenka – two-time Australian Open winner
- Jelena Ostapenka – 2017 French Open winner
Defending 2017 champion Rafael Nadal headlines the Men’s Singles at the 2018 US Open along with six other former champions.
Also on the list include:
- Roger Federer – five-time champion
- Novak Djokovic- two-time champion
- Juan Martin Del Potro – 2009 winner
- Andy Murray – 2012 champion
- Marin Cilic – 2014 winner
What Type of Excitement to Expect
Queens takes center stage for two weeks when the nation’s most legendary tennis tournament draws hundreds of thousands of tennis fans along with various celebrities scattered amongst the crowds. Some well-known stars sighted in 20172 included Leonardo DiCaprio, Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain, Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan, Katie Couric, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Ben Affleck, Jerry Seinfield, Juliana Margulies, Katie Holmes, Uma Thurman and more.
What to Wear
While the US Open is not Churchill Downs with women decked out in hats and making fashion statements, there is an unspoken dress etiquette that makes torn t-shirts and dirty jeans inappropriate. Casual wear is the norm and that means short or long-sleeved shirts and nice pants for guys. For gals, the dress is casual as well with shirts, sweaters, pants, dresses or skirts.
Food and Drink
As fans arrive and leave to catch the matches of tennis champions, food is also a focus at the tournament. The variety of food and drinks available provides something for everyone. According to People magazine3, the US Open is known for 90,000 pounds of beef, 9,000 pounds of lobster, 225,000 hamburgers and hot dogs along with 7,000 specialty tennis ball cookies. Feeding a crowd of 700,000 people over two weeks takes a lot of food!
You can enjoy quick bites like traditional sports stadium fare — hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. Or, frequent a New York City hot spot like Korilla BBQ for Bulgogi rice bowls, Korean tacos, Kimcheese fries or pork and veggie dumplings. The Melt Shop offers a variety of sandwich melts like the classic American cheddar on white bread or a fried chicken melt (buttermilk fried chicken with pepper jack cheese).
If you’re looking for something more sophisticated, you can drop into Lure Fishbar at Oyster Bar 7 and enjoy steamed oysters or a lobster roll.
Fine dining is also an option at the Mojito Restaurant and Bar. Or drop into BLT Steakhouse, or newly transformed Aces, or Champions Bar & Grill where Celebrity Chef David Burke tantalizes you with his culinary creations.
Things to do in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
If you’re taking in an evening match and want to pass away some time during the day, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has attractions to visit4, and you don’t even have to leave the park:
Queens Museum. Two World’s Fairs took place in this location. The museum displays an amazing exhibit called “The Panorama of the City of New York,” which is a model of the five boroughs that is built to a 9,335-foot scale. The museum’s glass facade entry faces Grand Central Parkway.
Queens Botanical Garden. The garden spans 39 acres and evolved from a display at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair into a permanent garden with various botanical attractions, such as the Fragrance Walk, Cleansing Biotope and Wetland and Woodland Garden.
New York Hall of Science. Making its debut in the 1964 Worlds fair, the museum sprawls 100,000 square feet and boasts more than 450 exhibits that range from technology, sports, and marine biology to climate change. A 3-D theater shows a number of documentaries and visitors can also enjoy 60,000 square feet of outdoor area with an interactive science playground and actual spacecraft. Up for a game of rocket mini golf? Adults and children alike can play and learn about gravity and asteroids.
Citi Field. Visit the Mets’ new stadium that opened in 2009. Aside from baseball, the field has also served as a venue for concerts, drawing famous talent like Paul McCartney.
Reasons to Charter a Bus for the US Open
New Yorkers can tell you that New York City is not a place where you want to drive. Many native New Yorkers don’t even own cars and have learned to navigate public transportation systems. But if you’re from out-of town and are taking a group of family or friends to the US Open, chartering a bus is the perfect travel solution. You don’t have to learn the NYC subway system or bus lines. Avoid all the hassles with your own charter bus. Here are more reasons to charter a bus:
Save on costs. Bus charters are very affordable. You can split the costs with others in your group.
Have fun and be safe. You can enjoy beer, wine and cocktails at the US Open and not have to worry about designating a driver. Besides, charter buses are the safest form of ground transportation in the country.
Relax and be comfortable. Charter buses provide plenty of legroom and you can even walk around and visit others in your group. A good-sized charter buses will have a restroom, which is especially convenient when traveling with kids or the elderly.
Go green. Charter buses even beat hybrid cars as far as being eco-friendly.
Flexibility. Set the travel dates create your own itinerary and make your outing happen. Larger buses have free WiFi, so you can even go online during the ride.
Charter Your Vehicle Today
US Coachways provides charter services for travel all over the country. We look forward to helping you plan the details of your special getaway. For customized service, call our toll-free number at 1-888-340-9122 and speak with one of our representatives.