Federer, U.S. Open Tickets Fall


U.S. Open tennis tickets to six of the eight final sessions are cheaper than they were at the start of the Slam. Was Roger Federer’s early exit in the fourth round a contributor? Certainly it may have factored into the 5% decrease in average price of U.S. Open Men’s Finals tickets. But, the average price of Session 20 (the session that would have had Federer playing Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals tonight) is up $88, as are U.S. Open Men’s Semifinals tickets. These are the only two sessions remaining in the Grand Slam event that have seen an increase in average ticket price since the start of the U.S. Open.

One reason for the increase in price for the Men’s Semis are potential matchups between seeds 1-4. If that is the case, the draw has No. 1 Novak Djokovic playing No. 3 Andy Murray. Murray is the defending U.S. Open Champion and defeated Djokovic last year to take home his first career Grand Slam singles title. The two also faced off in the Wimbledon Final earlier this year; Murray got the win there too. On the other side a prospective No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 4 David Ferrer matchup is brewing. The two met in the 2013 Men’s Singles Finals at the French Open earlier this year. Nadal went 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 against fellow Spaniard Ferrer to capture his twelfth Major Singles title and fourth in a row at Roland Garros.

Should Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advance to the Men’s Final, expect ticket prices for the final session to increase. The final would be Djokovic’s fourth consecutive at the U.S. Open and third against Nadal in the last four years; in 2011 Djokovic took home the trophy, in 2010 it was Nadal. When the two met earlier this year at the French Open semifinals, Nadal got the win.

The four most popular events at the U.S. Open based on average ticket prices are the men’s later rounds of the tournament; this was a trend we saw back in June and for last year’s prices. The only change since June, is that Men’s Single’s Finals tickets are now cheaper than Men’s Single’s Semifinals tickets. The Women’s Singles Final session remains the fifth most expensive session averaging $322, down $63 since last Monday. If all goes as expected, No. 1 Serena Williams will play for her fifth U.S. Open title on Sunday evening. Her first hurdle will come against Li Na who won the 2011 French Open and is currently seeded fifth.

Date Time US Open Tennis Tickets Avg. Price (9-3) Avg. Price (8-26)
9/4/2013 11:00AM US Open Tennis – Session 19 – Men’s and/or Women’s Quarterfinals (Arthur Ashe) $133.27 $177.86
9/4/2013 7:00PM US Open Tennis – Session 20 – Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals (Arthur Ashe) $526.08 $437.92
9/5/2013 11:00AM US Open Tennis – Session 21 – Men’s Quarterfinals (Arthur Ashe) $178.45 $242.43
9/5/2013 7:00PM US Open Tennis – Session 22 – Men’s Quarterfinals (Arthur Ashe) $462.86 $580.56
9/6/2013 11:00AM US Open Tennis – Session 23 – Women’s Semifinals/Mixed Doubles Final (Arthur Ashe) $241.75 $259.62
9/7/2013 11:00AM US Open Tennis – Session 24 – Men’s Semifinals/Women’s Doubles Final (Arthur Ashe) $808.16 $743.69
9/8/2013 4:30PM US Open Tennis – Session 25 – Women’s Final/Men’s Doubles Final (Arthur Ashe) $322.34 $358.95
9/9/2013 5:00PM US Open Tennis – Session 26 – Men’s Final (Arthur Ashe) $788.78 $827.87

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