With Novak Djokovic beating Roger Federer three sets to one in the Wimbledon Tournament finals to capture back-to-back championships, not to mention his ninth Grand Slam singles title, we now approach the next and final Grand Slam event on the calendar. That, of course, is the US Open Tennis Championships, which takes place on the hardcourt in Queens, New York.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will be the front and center of a possible historic achievement for the greatest women’s tennis player to ever play. The focus will shift from the men’s bracket to the women’s bracket as Serena Williams chases the calendar year Grand Slam. The list of Williams’ achievements in tennis does not have to be reiterated, but this accomplishment would put her in rare air—perhaps even creating a class of her own. According to the USOpen.org website, since the Open era that began in 1968, only three players have pulled off the feat: Rod Laver (1969), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988).
If Williams were to take home the US Open title, she would be tied with Graf (22) for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era and would break a tie with Chris Evert for the most US Open titles for both men or women.
On the men’s side, the world’s No. 1-ranked player Djokovic is trying to navigate a tournament he hasn’t won since 2011. At age 33, Federer will use what’s left in the tank to try and win his sixth US Open title, although he hasn’t won this event since 2008 (five consecutive titles from 2004-2008).
The tournament, which begins on August 31 and is scheduled to conclude on September 13, has a wide array of ticketing admission packages that involve multiple courts on multiple days. Some options for US Open tickets from RazorGator.com are posted below.
8/31/2015 | Grounds Pass | National Tennis Center | Average Price: $87.66 | Get-in Price: $62
8/31/2015 | All Sessions Pass | Louis Armstrong Stadium | Average Price: $121.25 | Get-in Price: $92
8/31/2015 | Session 1—Men & Women 1st Round | Arthur Ashe Stadium | Average Price: $154.94 | Get-in Price: $50
9/11/2015 | Men’s Semifinal/Mixed Doubles Final | Arthur Ashe Stadium | Average Price: $842.93 | Get-in Price: $144
9/12/2015 | Women’s Final/Men’s Doubles Final | Arthur Ashe Stadium | Average Price: $625.59 | Get-in Price: $144
9/13/2015 | Men’s Final/Women’s Doubles Final | Arthur Ashe Stadium | Average Price: $994.98 | Get-in Price: $157
The historic night for Williams may get pricier as the event draws near. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on how the sports media world plays up her possible achievement and the hype that is built for her finals match if she gets there.
For those looking for quantity over quality, the US Open has free admission to the qualifying rounds that occur from August 25-28.