Tennis action at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York is taking center stage as summer comes to a close, while the game’s top players all come out to compete for the U.S. Open Championship.
Simply put, two players have undoubtedly dominated this season — Novak Djokovic on the men’s side and Serena Williams in the women’s division. Djokovic already has an Australian Open and Wimbledon crown in 2015, not to mention an appearance in the finals of the French Open. Firmly standing as the world’s No.1 player, Djokovic comes to Flushing as the obvious favorite. However, he has only won the U.S. Open once, and that was four years ago.
Despite her age, Williams has dominated the tour in 2015. She is in line for the first calendar “Grand Slam” since Steffi Graf did it in 1988. The American tennis legend has already matched her 2002-2003 season, winning the French, Wimbledon, and Australian Opens.
The Open has not been void of interesting stories, either. Maria Sharapova, a perennial major contender, had to drop out of the tournament due to a right knee injury. Sharapova was considered to be Williams’ biggest hurdle to achieving the calendar Grand Slam, and in her absence, Ana Ivanovic, the No. 7 seed, is now the highest-ranked player in the field next to Williams.
According to SeatSmart, tickets for the 2015 U.S. Open are sitting at an average price of $443.64 on the secondary market. The most expensive tickets, likely due to the chance of Williams making history by completing the calendar Grand Slam, are clocking in at $970.56 on the secondary market, while tickets can also be bought for as low as $157. Furthermore, fans in attendance have the opportunity to save considerably on their NYC parking with ParkWhiz.com, which has spots around the National Tennis Center starting from $9.
The Open will last until September 13 after the first round of play just commenced on August 31. SeatSmart has gathered that the men’s and women’s second round on September 2 will be the least expensive, with tickets being sold at an average price of $187.80 on the secondary market. The get-in price, meanwhile, is just $69.
Fans could potentially be seeing history during the 2015 U.S. Open, especially if Williams, one of the most dominant performers of all-time, achieves the ultimate goal of pulling off a calendar-year Grand Slam. However, the rest of the field will be gunning for her, while amongst the men, the competition will be looking to spoil Djokovic’s bid for another trophy. Overall, this is one of the more exciting U.S. Open tournaments in recent memory, if not ever.