The American tennis equivalent of the Super Bowl or World Series, the US Open in Queens is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that takes place around the world each year. Attracting nearly one million spectators, it’s one of the hottest tickets in New York City—and easily accessible from the Duane Street Hotel. Here’s how to make the most of your time at the biggest stage in tennis.
Get your ticket
Yes, it’s fun to watch a match at super-sized Arthur Ashe Stadium, but opt for a grounds pass to the day session instead. For the same price as a ticket to the big court, you’ll be able to peruse the entire complex—hopping from court to court for a more intimate and well-rounded viewing experience. Purchase your grounds pass here.
Catch the train
The Open is located in Flushing Meadows, Queens, which is a hefty taxi fare coming from Manhattan—so take the train instead. From the Duane Street Hotel, hop on the 2 or 3 train Uptown to Times Square and transfer to the 7 train which will take you to Mets-Willetts Point Station, at the doorstep of Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. If you’d rather drive, it’s a 45 minute trip from the hotel, and parking is plentiful thanks to the sprawling lot at neighboring Citi Field.
Take in the tennis
Start on the cozy outer courts where you’ll be no more than a few feet from some of the best tennis players in the world. You’ll gain a new appreciation for what it means to return a 130mph serve. Make your way over to Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand, where matches are usually headlined by Top 25 players. Check the match board in the centrally located Hospitality Pavilion and see which courts the big names are on next before your make your next round across the grounds.
Watch the pros practice
If you were hoping to catch Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams or Roger Federer but came on a day they weren’t scheduled for a match, there’s still hope. Head over to the newly revamped practice courts where all the players tune up on their off days.
Grab a bite
In typical New York fashion, food is diverse and plentiful at the US Open. If you’re in the mood for a lavish spread head to Oyster Bar 7 for champagne and oysters. If casual and quick is more your speed, swing by the Food Village where vendors like Angry Taco, Curry Kitchen and Hill Country BBQ cook tasty dishes for the masses. Make sure you stop by the Grey Goose Bar afterwards for the Open’s signature cocktail, the Honey Deuce—a refreshing mixture of vodka, lemonade and Chambord with a honeydew melon garnish.