September 2 2009 by Karla Henriquez
This week there are attractive and athletic people all over Manhattan handing out fliers inviting passersby to attend one of the world's premier sporting events, the US Open. Should they go? My answer is a definitive and resounding yes... and so should you if you can. In no particular order, here are the reasons why.
- Roger Federer, considered the greatest tennis player of all time after winning 15 majors, is going after his 6th consecutive US Open title this year.
- Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium you can experience first hand the intensity of a sport that elicits complete silence from a crowd of 22,000.
- There's just something exciting about watching people compete to win a piece of a $21 million purse.
- With access to 3 show courts, 15 field courts, 7 practice courts, and jumbotrons, you're bound to get your fill of both great tennis and tennis greats.
- The US Open is hosted in New York and no city does entertainment better - if you're looking for a party in late August and early September, there isn't a better place to go.
- Where else can you get hours of access to the world's top players in a major sport with tickets starting at around $48?
- It's actually pretty amazing to witness, first-hand, the speed and agility of the ball chasers.
- On the grounds, you can get anything from a hotdog to a 5-star dining experience.
- It's your chance to witness 130 mph serves, and try to follow a ball that moves that fast!
- American Express hands out free stuff, like radios and hand-held TVs.
- It's a chance to soak in the rich traditions of a centuries-old sport.
- It's just cool to hang out in a place called Flushing Meadows.
- Even people who don't know much about tennis and rarely watch it on TV report that live matches at the US Open are surprisingly intense and exciting.
If you're headed to the US Open, make sure you check out the event's great website for information on transportation, parking, hours, and to download your 2009 Fan Guide.