Ten Tips to Know Before Attending the U.S. Open

For tennis fans in America, the best way to catch the sport is by attending the U.S. Open. You get the opportunity to see your favorite tennis stars, build lasting memories and possibly even get their autograph! You’ll be able to delight in the dramatic twists and turns that comprise of such a major, and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with thousands of other tennis enthusiasts and players, perhaps forming lifelong friendships amid the exciting spectacle on the courts. However, as with any other major sporting tournament, it’s wise to come to Flushing Meadows with a plan of action. Here are 10 ways that you can make the most of the U.S. Open:


1. Take the subway or get a transfer

Like most outings in New York City, the train provides the best means of transportation to and from. Terrible traffic and expensive parking can ruin your day before you even arrive at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Therefore, hop on the train and zip on over to the all the fun!

2. Enter through the South Gate

The East Gate entrance is closest to the subway and naturally is both long and slow, especially in the mornings. Take a short walk around the premises to the south gate of the grounds, which is generally much quicker and has shorter lines.

3. Plan your day to who you want to see

Check the daily schedule to find out who’s playing where and when. Pick the players you definitely want to see and get to their matches ahead of time, especially in general admission stadiums. Not only will this ensure that you get to see all your favorite players but it provides a more comfortable experience instead of running across the grounds to various stadiums to catch finales from the back row!

4. Record the action

While you will be restricted from bringing any serious filming equipment, you can certainly take advantage of your smartphone camera to snag some great pictures/video of the action to help you relive all the fun years down the road. Also, for those photography-inclined fans, be sure to bring your camera and get some great action shots of the players (and of yourself too!).

5. Come early if you’ve got a backpack

U.S. Open lines can be quite lengthy, especially for those bringing bags inside. Separate bag holders’ lines move at a snail’s pace as security checks each bag thoroughly. While it may be wiser to simply leave the bag at home, if you must bring one, do try to arrive early and avoid this entrance delay.

6. Get lanyards for your tickets (Buy Tickets)

Worn around your neck is the easiest and most efficient way to hold tickets. Not only will it prevent pickpockets from ruining your day by snagging your tickets, but it’s also much more convenient when entering the proper section for your seats, especially if you’re carrying concessions items.

7. Dress with the weather in mind

Check the weather forecast! If it’s calling for rain, bring an umbrella or poncho. Most days, however, are hot and sunny (it is August!). Therefore, prepare accordingly with sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, and a hat!

8. Know the fan etiquette

Be seated before any game begins. No one likes a guy walking across their view when a key serve or volley commences! Try to include bathroom breaks with concessions to avoid incessant walking to and from your seat. Know your designated seat. Ushers will help you find your spot if you need help, but don’t try to sneak into sections that you aren’t authorized in. Trust me, tennis security will prevent you! Don’t talk during gameplay. Know when to cheer. It’s usually reserved for following a great serve or breakpoint, etc.

9. Standing ovations are typically reserved for the end of the match

There is no need to stand up and cheer wildly during any point during the match. Show your greatest appreciation for after the match is over.

10. If it rains

If the match hasn’t gone 90 minutes, you can usually get a refund or credit towards next year’s tournament. However, it depends on the ticket supplier you used. Always check for details about rain match suspensions.

Bonus tip

If you are in a rather empty section during an under-attended U.S. Open match, feel free to move up closer to the action. However, be considerate if the proper seat owner appears and don’t try to move up into other premium sections; the ushers will most definitely catch you.

Murray to lose number one spot as he fights to make US Open

Nadal expected to grab top spot as injuries also hit Djokovic and Wawrinka

Andy Murray's reign as the world's number one tennis player will end this month after his injury battles forced him to pull out of the Cincinnati Masters.

The Scot is still struggling with the hip problem that hampered him at Wimbledon, but is hopeful of being fit for the US Open later this month.



"His insistence he could play at the US Open is a good sign after fears his troublesome hip could rule him out for the rest of the season," says The Guardian.

He is not the only player "feeling the effects of a gruelling year", adds the paper. "Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have already revealed they will sit out the rest of the season with elbow and knee injuries, respectively."

However, Murray's injury woes mean "the 30-year-old is now certain to lose his number one ranking", says the BBC.

"Murray, who has held the number one ranking since November, will be overtaken by Rafael Nadal on 14 August if the Spaniard reaches the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal this week.

"If not, either Nadal or Roger Federer will replace Murray at the top of the standings after Cincinnati on 21 August."

It has been a tough year for Britain's top male tennis player. He has suffered from shingles, flu, elbow problems and now the hip injury.

"The five successive tournaments that Murray won at the end of last year, thus securing the number one ranking, are beginning to feel like ancient history," says Simon Briggs of the Daily Telegraph.

"Perhaps the loss of the top spot will galvanise Murray, for he has worn it more like an albatross than a crown," he adds.

Murray's only title this year was in Dubai five months ago.

"His win ratio for 2017 now stands at just 71 per cent, lower than any annual figure he has delivered since he was a teenager," adds Briggs. "But he has nevertheless clung on to the top for 40 weeks, thanks to the way Federer and Nadal – who had been so inactive in the second half of last season – have hoovered up almost all the significant titles this year."

Announces Series of Innovations Across Multiple Events

Changes Made to Enhance Fan Experience, Increase Speed of Play and Create Consistent Standards for Competitors

The United States Tennis Association today announced a series of in-game innovations that will be implemented across a variety of events at the 2017 US Open. 

The US Open events affected include: Qualifying Tournament, Junior Tournament, Wheelchair Invitational, American Collegiate Invitational, Champions Invitational.  The new enhancements will not be instituted in the main draws of singles, doubles or mixed doubles. The introduction of these measures will create a consistent standard in areas that have traditionally been undefined or difficult to enforce, as well as open the discussion for further changes at all levels.



The following will be introduced:

Timing Related

►Serve Clock* – Players will be given 25 seconds to serve following the completion of a point.  This is a five-second increase from the stated rules of tennis, as published by the ITF.  The clock will begin after the chair umpire announces the score.  Time violation penalties will be assessed on infractions

►Warm-Up Clock* – A five-minute clock will be placed on all players during warm-ups prior to the start of matches.  At the completion of the five minutes, the umpire will announce the end of the warmup period.  After making this announcement, players will have 60-seconds to begin play.  A fine will be assessed on all infractions.

►Change of Attire – Players will be given five minutes to complete an attire change, during set breaks only.  As not all courts have the same proximity to changing areas, the clock will not begin until a player enters the changing area, and will end when a player leaves the changing area.  Time violation penalties will be assessed on infractions.

*a countdown display will be visible by players and fans for these innovations


Coaching Related

►In-Match Coaching – Coaching will be allowed between coaches and players between points.  Coaching will be limited to only those in the designated player box.  Verbal coaching will be allowed while the player is on the same end of the court as the player box, while signal coaching will be permitted when the player box is on the opposite end of the court.

“The US Open has always been at the forefront of tennis innovation, from blue courts to electronic line calling, and beyond,” said Gordon Smith, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, USTA. “Throughout the years we have consistently looked for ways to enhance the experience of both our players and our fans, and we think these changes will continue to move the sport in an exciting direction.”

“These innovations were reviewed by the Grand Slam Board for use in the designated tournaments at the 2017 US Open.  In addition, the decision to implement these standards was made in consensus with the two tours and was approved by the ITF Rules of Tennis Committee,” said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. “Both throughout the event and following its completion, we will gather and analyze data and reaction, and determine the next steps for future usage, as well as the potential for further innovation in other areas of the game.”

Stan Wawrinka to miss U.S. Open with injured knee

Stan Wawrinka chose long-term health over a U.S. Open title defense.

The defending champion pulled out of the tournament Friday because of an injured knee, saying he decided to undergo a “medical intervention” and sit out the rest of 2017. He did not provide any specifics about the injury or treatment.

Stan Wawrinka Injury


“This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said in a statement through his agency.

He joins the man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, Novak Djokovic, in calling it quits for this season because of injury.

Like Roger Federer last year, Wawrinka couldn’t make it to New York for the season’s final major, which begins Aug. 28.

The fourth-ranked Wawrinka, 32, added last year’s title to his 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open championships. He got back to the finals in Paris in June, losing to Rafael Nadal, but was eliminated by Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Wimbledon.

CITI OPEN: Eighth-seeded Jack Sock defeated No. 3 Milos Raonic 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Citi Open Friday in Washington.

No. 15 Kevin Anderson defeated unseeded Yuki Bhambri 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, No. 5 Alexander Zverev defeated unseeded Daniel Medvedev 6-2, 6-4, and No. 2 Kei Nishikori defeated unseeded Tommy Paul 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4.

In the women’s quarterfinals, top-seeded Simona Halep retired because of heat after No. 7 Ekaterina Makarova led 2-6, 6-3, 1-0.

No. 4 Julia Goerges defeated No. 6 Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-4, No. 5 Ocean Dodin defeated Sabine Lisicki 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (4), and Andra Petkovic defeated Bianc Andreescu 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2.

BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza rolled past Croatia’s Ana Konjuh 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif..

Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion, broke Konjuh’s serve twice for an early 3-0 lead and never trailed in the match.

Muguruza will play third-seeded American Madison Keys, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Lesia Tsurenko. Keys had 19 winners and five aces.

American’s Catherine Bellis and Coco Vandeweghe each upset a seeded opponent. Bellis beat No. 2 Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-0 for her first WTA premier semifinal and Vandeweghe knocked out No. 4 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3.

GENERALI OPEN: Philipp Kohlschreiber and Joao Sousa advanced to the final of the Generali Open on Friday, with both players seeking their first title of the season in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Sousa ended the run of Austrian wild card Sebastian Ofner, who appeared in his maiden semifinal, with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win. The 62nd-ranked Portuguese will seek his third career title and first since winning in Valencia two years ago.

Earlier, Kohlschreiber held serve throughout against second-seeded Fabio Fognini and defeated the 25th-ranked Italian 7-5, 6-3. Fognini missed out on his second final in as many weeks after winning his fifth career title in Gstaad, Switzerland, last week.

The 47th-ranked Kohlschreiber is 1-2 against Sousa but won their only previous match this season. Both players lost their other final this year, Kohlschreiber to Borna Coric in Marrakech in April and Sousa to Jack Sock in Auckland in January.

2017 US OPEN TENNIS WILD CARD CHALLENGE

The USTA will award a singles main-draw wild card into the 2017 US Open to the American man and woman who win the US Open Wild Card Challenge.

2017 US OPEN TENNIS WILD CARD

MEN

For the men, the wild card will be given to a player based on his performance in any professional outdoor hard-court Challenger-level events and above held throughout the world over a five-week time period during the weeks of July 10, 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7. The wild card will be awarded to the American player with the highest total of ATP singles ranking points, including points earned in qualifying and the main draw, from three of the following five tournaments:

  • Week of July 10 - $75,000 Winnetka, IL; $75,000 Winnipeg, Canada
  • Week of July 17 - $125,000 Astana, KAZ; $75,000 Gatineau, Canada
  • Week of July 24 - Atlanta ATP World Tour 250; $100,000 Granby, Canada; $75,000 Binghamton, NY
  • Week of July 31 - Washington, D.C. ATP World Tour 500; Los Cabos ATP World Tour 250; $125,000 Chengdu, CHN; €85K+H Segovia, ESP; $75,000 Lexington, KY
  • Week of Aug. 7 - Montreal ATP World Tour Masters 1000; $150,000 Jinan, CHN; $100,000 Aptos, CA; €43K+H Portoroz, SLO

WOMEN

For the women, the wild card will be based on performance in specific outdoor hard-court pro events taking place in the United States over a three-week period during the weeks of July 17, 24 and 31. The wild card will be awarded to the American player with the highest total of cumulative WTA singles ranking points at two of the following three tournaments:

  • Week of July 17: $60,000 Stockton, CA (main-draw points only)
  • Week of July 24: $60,000 Sacramento, CA (main-draw points only)
  • Week of July 31: $60,000 Lexington, KY (main-draw points only); Washington, D.C. WTA International Event (qualifying and main-draw points); Stanford WTA Premier Event (qualifying and main-draw points)


See the men's fact sheet and women's fact sheet for more information.

As of July 31:

Tommy Paul regained sole lead after Week 3 of the men's US Open Wild Card Challenge by reaching the quarterfinals at last week's BB&T Atlanta Open in Atlanta. Paul has earned 89 points so far in the challenge and has a decisive lead over fellow Atlanta quarterfinalist Chris Eubanks, who is in second place with 45 points. Sofia Kenin remains in first place with 109 points after Week 2 of the women's challenge. She holds a 14-point lead over Amanda Anisimova, who won the singles title last week at the FSP Gold River Women's Challenger in Sacramento, Calif., and has accumulated 95 points.

Novak Djokovic confirms he will miss US Open and rest of 2017 with elbow injury

Novak Djokovic will miss the US Open next month and the rest of 2017 as he bids to recover from the elbow injury that forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon.

Djokovic said it had been a “year and a half” of carrying the injury and he had decided to “not play any competition or tournament for the rest of 2017". The former world number one said it would be “a couple of months at least without the racket".



Speaking via Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, the 12-times Grand Slam champion confirmed he was taking the rest of the year away from the sport to rest and recover.

“It was a decision which had to be made,” Djokovic said on Facebook Live. “Wimbledon was probably the toughest tournament of me for feeling the pain which has escalated.

“I consulted many doctors and specialists in the last 12-15 months, especially in last couple of months when the injury grew, and they all agree I need rest and time.

"Nothing can help instantly, you just have to allow natural rehabilitation to take course. Professionally it is not an easy decision, but I’m trying to look at the positive side – I will try to use this time as best as I can, with quality time with my family."

It means he will also miss the Davis Cup semi-finals with Serbia visiting France in September and the season-ending World Tour finals at the O2 in London in November.

"After a year and a half of carrying the injury, I've made the decision to not play tournaments for the rest of the 2017 season," said Djokovic speaking live from Belgrade.

Djokovic, 30, has been seeking medical advice since withdrawing from his Wimbledon quarter-final trailing Tomas Berdych 7-6 2-0 a fortnight ago.

Djokovic has won the US Open twice, the last time in 2015 when he beat Roger Federer in the final in New York. He reached the final at Flushing Meadows a year ago, but lost in four sets to Stanislas Wawrinka.

In a statement on novakdjokovic.com, he said he was also focused on becoming a father for the second time.

“All the doctors I’ve consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest. A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable. I’ll do whatever it takes to recover," he said.

"I will use the upcoming period to strengthen my body and also to improve certain tennis elements that I have not been able to work on over the past years, due to a demanding schedule. Five months may seem long from this point, but I’m sure they will pass quickly because there is so much I want to do.

"Another important moment is coming, we will become parents for a second time. My wife Jelena and I are expecting our second child, and we are preparing to welcome a new family member. These are things that fill me with greatest happiness and delight. I’m confident I will be ready for start of the new season."

Djokovic confirmed the eight-times Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi would continue to be his head coach next year.

"We’ve been speaking regularly. Andre was with me in Toronto and he helped me find doctors, specialists in treating elbow injuries," said Djokovic.

2017 U.S. Open Tennis TV schedule, live stream online, channel, coverage, viewing guide

Mixing the uniqueness of Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal with the importance of the Tennis season's second major, you are going to want to watch every minute of action from the 2017 U.S. Open Tennis next month. Exciting action will be aplenty 27th August through September 11, and you can catch it all both on your television and streaming live online.


Here's a look at the schedule of events so you can watch as much golf as possible. Weather may dictate some changes to the start times below, and tee times have not yet been released for the weekend.

If you don't want to be glued to the screen, be sure to check back with ESPN Sports as we are featuring a live blog covering every angle and highlight of the U.S. Open Tennis leaderboard during all days.

Tennis set for radical change as US Open trials 'shot-clocks' to combat slow play

Tennis is set for a time-keeping revolution, Telegraph Sport has learned, as the US Open prepares to introduce a shot-clock at its qualifying event in August.

The move is intended to address concerns over slow play between points – but this is not its only purpose. Observers have long complained about warm-ups continuing beyond their allotted five minutes and medical time-outs beyond three minutes. With a visible clock on the court, such details will be more transparent and defined.

Tennis Court Flushing Meadows


In another dramatic move, the US Open will also allow coaching at any time during matches – except, obviously, when the ball is in play. While players are at the same end of the court as their coaches, they will be able to speak between points. When they are at the opposite end, they will have to settle for sign language.

The moves are part of an adventurous package of reforms that were put forward during the French Open by Stacey Allaster, the former head of the Women’s Tennis Association who is now the head of professional tennis at the United States Tennis Association.

They do not have widespread support from the other majors at this stage, so the USTA have been given a waiver to test out these ideas as an experiment. They will operate at the US Open in everything but the five main draws, which means qualifying as well as juniors, wheelchair and legends matches.

Similar ideas were already due to be trialled at the Association of Tennis Professionals’ NextGen Finals in November, but that is a new and experimental project with no rankings points attached. Shot-clocks and coaching have never previously been used within the established structures of the professional game.

Confusingly, the theoretical time limits between points stand at 20 seconds at grand slams and 25 seconds at regular tour events. The US Open trial will opt for the latter, and in fact the whole of tennis has effectively agreed to move to 25 seconds from next year onwards, although that detail needs to be rubber-stamped at next week’s meeting of the Grand Slam Board.

At the moment, umpires use their discretion before applying “time violation” penalties, which begin with a warning, continue with a docked first serve, and then result in the loss of the point itself.

There will be a different sort of discretion under the new system, because the umpire chooses when to start the timer. If there is a 30-shot rally, leaving the crowd on their feet and both players on their knees, they have the option to take a little extra time before setting the clock in motion.

Some are concerned that the crowd in New York – which tends to be more unruly than at other major events – might join in by shouting “five, four, three …” as the clock reaches its later stages. Again, the umpire would have to try to control the noise, but this might become more difficult as the day wears on.

Player reaction will be fascinating. There are likely to be cases where a fan shouts out during the service action, or a ballboy misses his throw, and the players expect the umpire to reset the clock. Arguments could ensue if it continues to run.

The French player Adrian Mannarino put the case for a shot-clock yesterday at Wimbledon, where he was docked a first serve after receiving two time-violation warnings. “I took a time violation basically at the start of the match,” he said. “So I was scared at the start of each rally that I was going to be too long [and] I didn’t know if I was fast or slow. If they're strict about the time then we should have a clock.”

Shania Twain to headline opening night at US Open tennis

Shania Twain will headline the opening-night ceremony at the U.S. Open.

She will perform Aug. 28 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The top-selling country artist will sing some of her biggest hits and songs from her upcoming album “NOW.”

Shania Twain Headline Opening Ceremony

The performance will take place before first tennis matches of that night. Twain is expected to sing some of her biggest hits, as well as songs from her upcoming album entitled “NOW,” her first album release since 2002.

Prior to Twain’s performance, USTA President Katrina Adams and tennis icon Billie Jean King will kick off the night to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Arthur Ashe Stadium, which officially opened in 1997 and served as the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

With a capacity of 23,000 people, the Arthur Ashe Stadium the largest tennis-only stadium in the world. For those who cannot make it to the opening ceremony, it will be televised live on ESPN2.

For tickets to the US Open, visit usopen.org

Wimbledon 2017: From Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to Venus

Here is what to watch on the grass courts of the year’s third Grand Slam tournament.

As tennis turns to Wimbledon, there’s been a bit of a throwback feel to this Grand Slam season so far.

At the year’s first major tournament, the Australian Open in January, Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal for the men’s title, and Serena Williams defeated her sister, Venus, for the women’s title.


French Open tennis 2017


Matchups from a decade ago or more, right?

Then, at the French Open in May and June, Nadal reached a second consecutive major final for the first time since 2014, and won one for the first time since that year.

And now, when play begins at the All England Club, so many of the key story lines will involve those same four players: Federer and Nadal because of their recent resurgence; Serena Williams because of her absence (she’s expecting a baby in September); Venus Williams because she is one of only two past champions in the women’s draw.

Here is what to watch on the grass courts of the year’s third Grand Slam tournament, which starts Monday:

FEDERER THE FAVORITE

Wasn’t all that long ago that folks were figuring Federer’s best days were long behind him. He hadn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2012, and as he entered his mid-30s, he was missing Grand Slam tournaments for the first time in more than 15 years because of injury. And now? He extended his record with an 18th major championship in Australia, opened the year 19-1, took some time off and then won a grass title at Halle, Germany. With defending champion Andy Murray off-form this season, Federer is a popular pick to win Wimbledon for what would be a record eighth time.

NADAL GOES FROM CLAY TO GRASS

There was a time that Nadal excelled on any surface, winning Wimbledon twice and reaching the final on three other occasions while marching his way toward 10 French Open titles and completing a career Grand Slam, too. But then his knees became a real problem on grass and he not only started losing early at the All England Club, he started losing to players ranked 100th or worse. “When Rafael is good with his knees,” said Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni, “he can play well on the grass.”

WHO’S MISSING

Not only is seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams absent, but so is 2004 champ Maria Sharapova, who was forced to sit out last year’s tournament during a 15-month doping ban. She would have needed to qualify this time around but is now sidelined by a left thigh injury. Their absences lend the same sort of wide-open feel to the women’s draw that the French Open had.

KVITOVA, VENUS, AZARENKA

So the two past winners in the field are Venus Williams, a five-time champion, and Petra Kvitova, a two-time champ. Kvitova will get plenty of attention because of what she went through in late December: An intruder attacked her with a knife at her home in the Czech Republic. Kvitova wound up with cuts to her left hand — the one she uses to swing a racket — and needed surgery. Wimbledon will be the third tournament of her comeback; she won the second last week on grass. Another two-time major champion to keep an eye on: former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. This will be her first Grand Slam tournament in more than a year; she returned to the tour in June after giving birth to a son.

WHICH DJOKOVIC WILL BE THERE?

Novak Djokovic has won three Wimbledon titles and normally would be considered a real likely candidate for a fourth, but he has not played up to his usual standards over the past year. He went from winning four consecutive Grand Slam titles, something no man had done in nearly a half-century, to failing to defend any of those championships; he lost in the third round at Wimbledon in 2016. He tried to look on the bright side recently, saying: “It is liberating a bit. I was very fortunate and privileged to have so much success in the last eight, nine years, and kind of entered most of the tournaments as one of the biggest favorites. So for a change, it’s good to not be one of the top favorites. It releases a bit of the pressure.”

OSTAPENKO’S FOLLOW-UP

After coming out of nowhere to win the French Open, what will Jelena Ostapenko do for an encore? She arrived in Paris unseeded, ranked only 47th and without a title of any sort on tour, then used a fearless brand of high-risk tennis to win the championship. Now there are new expectations, and no opponent will overlook her, but consider this: Grass is her favorite surface; she was the junior champion at Wimbledon in 2014.