There’s no game quite like tennis, which pits the player against herself as much as it does against her opponent. And the premier tennis event of the year is the U.S. Open, which is the only Grand Slam Tennis Tournament that takes place on American soil.
Better yet, it’s held annually in none other than New York City, making it the perfect excuse to take in an idyllic city weekend, complete with Broadway shows, shopping at Saks, and everything else the Big Apple is famous for. Whether you bring an RV rental to camp out in or take advantage of one of the many exciting lodging and ticket packages on offer from the association, the 2019 U.S. Open is a fantastic reason to go exploring -- and we’ve got all the details you need to make it happen.
You’ll watch some of the most powerful and renowned athletes on Earth perform their stunning skills, whether you stay for a few qualifying matches or the entirety of Finals weekend.
The most spellbinding part of the event, no doubt, is the wide range of tennis matches to experience up close and personal. From the first few rounds to the quarter- and semi-finals, all the way down to the game that determines the ultimate champions, there are dozens of opportunities to see your favorite athletes in their element. The Tennis Center offers comfortable seating, restroom facilities, and on-site dining options, as well as a fully functional pro shop -- just in case you’re inspired to pick up a racket yourself.
The 2019 U.S. Open will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, which can be found at the following address:
Flushing Meadow - Corona Park, Flushing, New York 11368
Due to its urban location, there’s no on-site RV camping at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the U.S. Open is held. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your New York City experience with a motorhome or travel trailer service as home base. In fact, an RV rental can be a great way to balance the hustle and bustle of city life with the relaxing, private respite you need to fully enjoy your vacation.
While New York isn’t known for being awash in campgrounds, there are a few locations that make it possible to enjoy the #RVlife in style, even in the shadows of Manhattan’s skyscrapers! Here are some to consider.
Not planning to bring an RV to the open this year?
No problem: this is New York City, which means your lodging options are basically limitless. Whether you want the convenience and luxury of one of the sponsored hotels offered in the U.S. Open Package deals, or a modest-but-community-minded hostel experience, you can fine-tune your stay when you’ve got such an ample number of accommodations to choose from.
While we could never list all of the available hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and other lodging opportunities in New York City, we will name a few options below to help you get started on your search, as well as reviewing the package options available directly from the event organizers.
For 2019, the organizers of the U.S. Open are offering an incredible and inclusive deal: customizable packages that include U.S. Open Tennis Tickets, lodging at the prestigious Park Lane in Central Park, ground transportation to the event venue, and, in the case of Deluxe packages, included tickets a Broadway musical of your choice.
The Park Lane Hotel is one of the most iconic and beloved in the city, combining relaxing Central Park views with the heart-of-it-all location that gets you where you’re going in a New York minute. In addition, it’s pet friendly, so you can bring Fido along for your adventure.
For full details on the U.S. Open Package deals including accommodations, and the opportunity to build your own Package, click here.
Of course, even if you don’t take advantage of one of the convenient packages offered by the Open, you’ve got no shortage of accommodation options to choose from in the most populated city in America. Although we encourage you to do your own research to find the location most suited to your needs, here are a few we don’t want you to skip over.
Given its status as the densest metropolitan area in America, it’s not hard to find yourself in New York City. By automobile, it’s accessible from a huge range of major American highways, including I-95, I-78, and I-80. If you choose to fly into town, you can choose between John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), or nearby Newark Liberty International (EWR), all of which are serviced by hundreds of commercial flights by major carriers each day.
While parking is available at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the organizers recommend you find your way there using New York’s vast and efficient public transportation system -- especially if you purchase one of their packages, which includes lodging in the convenient and bustling Central Park area. The venue is accessible by metro via the IRT #7 Flushing subway from either Times Square or Grand Central Station to the Mets-Willets Point Station or the IND "E" or "F" trains to Roosevelt Avenue and transfer upstairs to the IRT #7 train (Flushing bound) subway to the Mets-Willets Point Station. You can also reach the Center via the Long Island Rail Road. For full details on directions, click here.
If you do choose to park at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, you’ll want to purchase your passes ahead of time. (At the time this guide was written, in late March of 2019, parking passes were already selling out fast.) Passes run from about $20 up to $70 or more, depending on which specific match you want parking privileges for.
Drive-up garage rates may also be available on the day of the event, but parking is notoriously hard to come by in New York City -- so better to play it safe than sorry!
While you’ll need to interface with the organization directly to custom-craft a package including lodging, individual tickets are also available. To get the best pricing and purchase opportunity click here, or dial 718-760-6363 to speak directly with a US Open Client Services Representative, who can give you more information on ticketing options.
Whether it’s the men’s semi-finals or the early rounds of women’s matches you’re most interested in -- or even if you forego the U.S. Open entirely in favor of some other adventure -- we can’t wait to learn more about what gets you out and exploring this year. In fact, we may just share your pictures and posts on our own social media channels or blog! Tag us when you post to Facebook or Instagram, or send us the details directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be eagerly waiting to experience your trip vicariously through you, including the New York City U.S. Open and beyond!
Check out @USOpen on Twitter and Instagram, and @USOpenTennis on Facebook for event updates!
Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.