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5 Insider Tips to have the Best Experience at the 2022 US Open

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We love this time of year in New York! Summer is drawing to a close, fall is almost here, and the US Open is on. This year has been particularly thrilling, with Serena Williams playing what appears to be her final Grand Slam in front of an adoring crowd. Our expert correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the 5 crucial insider tips and what you need to to know about how to have the best experience watching or attending the 2022 US Open.

Expert tips on attending and watching the 2022 US Open right now

One of the perks of living in Long Island City, Queens is our proximity to the US Open. For a little over a decade, our tennis-loving family has been attending the tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park every year. Unlike Wimbledon, you don’t need to enter a special lottery for the rarefied opportunity to see a match. It’s easy to be a part of the action with two weeks of matches from Monday, August 29th to Sunday, September 11th. With day and night sessions and the option to buy affordable grounds passes, there’s no excuse not to check it out at least once. If you do, we’re sure you’ll be going back a few times like we do every year to close out the summer.

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2022 marks the tournament’s 142nd anniversary and of course, it will be extra special since it’s Serena Williams last game before she retires. How to catch her match or other stars like Nadal or Raducanu? That’s a little tricky but we’ll walk you through it. And we promise, even if you don’t catch a big name match, there’s still plenty to do, see and eat!

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Expert tips on attending and watching the 2022 US Open right now

1. What kind of tickets should I buy?

If you just want to experience the event and can’t tell the difference between Alcaraz or Medvedev, I suggest getting a grounds pass which enables you to see any of the matches taking place on the outdoor courts. You might catch a future star in the making! However, if there’s a chance of rain, a day session ticket in Arthur Ashe or Louis Armstrong is not much more money and gets you a place to sit inside to weather the storm. Note that these tickets are only sold in the first week of the tournament.

Hot tip — don’t forget to check out the players’ practice schedules! One year, our daughter got an autograph from Naomi Osaka after watching her practice during the day session.

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Expert tips on attending the 2022 US Open. Courtesy Photo.

If you have your heart set on seeing a certain player, check the schedule 24 hrs in advance and see if they’re playing in the day or night session and plan accordingly. Your seat largely depends on how much you’re willing to spend but for very popular matches, sometimes the nosebleed section is inevitable. We actually think it’s a little more fun up there because you can talk and cheer a bit more boisterously.

2. How do I get there?

We feel passionately about taking the 7 train all the way out to the Mets-Willets Point stop. Not only is it the most efficient way to go with a boardwalk that leads directly to the grounds, but the ride is such a quintessential NYC experience.

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Expert tips on attending the 2022 US Open. Courtesy Photo.

It’s great people watching with crowds tending to be a little dressier than if they were attending a baseball game. Everyone’s going out there and it’s fun to strike up conversations with fellow tennis fans. We’ve even scored extra tickets from people in the past!

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3. Are there any perks I can take advantage of for a more luxurious experience?

Even if you’re not in a luxury corporate box, there are still some perks you may be entitled to. If you have a Chase card, be sure to reserve a spot in the Chase lounge for some AC, snacks and branded merch. With an Amex card, you may be able to get a free radio to hear all the juicy TV commentary.

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Expert tips on attending the 2022 US Open. Courtesy Photo.

More on the Food Village later but if you want a proper sit-down restaurant, check out Alex Guarnaschelli’s Fare or chef David Burke’s Mojito.

4. What is there to eat besides hot dogs and burgers?

One of our favorite things to do at the US Open is eat! This is a truly NYC-based food court with lots of iconic local fare and gourmet ethnic options. We haven’t had a bad meal yet but here are a few of our faves. Korilla BBQ features Korean-inspired rice bowls served with caramelized kimchi, beansprouts, fire roasted corn, garlic spinach and bulgogi. At Fish Shack, chef David Burke delivers the ultimate beach favorite lobster roll on toasted and buttery buns. Glatt Kosher has salty, sky high pastrami sandwiches. Eating healthy? Harlem chef and James Beard award-winner, JJ Johnson makes delicious grain salads and rice bowls at Field Trip. But whatever you do, do not miss the waffle fries!

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Expert tips on attending the 2022 US Open. Courtesy Photo.

Wash everything down with the US Open’s signature drink — the Honey Deuce. There are Grey Goose Bars throughout the grounds serving this refreshing concoction of vodka, lemonade, raspberry liqueur, topped off with frozen honeydew melon balls.

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5. What else is there to do on the grounds?

If you need to walk off all the food or stretch your legs during a particularly long match, you might enjoy shopping at the Ralph Lauren boutiques which always have a US Open limited edition capsule collection. This year there are over 90 pieces of men’s, women’s and children’s tennis-inspired apparel and accessories — including the ball crew uniform. With tenniscore still going strong, we know we won’t be able to resist.

Sizes definitely run out if you’re there later in the tournament so grab yours now! Here are some of the highlights from the collection.

— We’re loving the vintage vibes of this graphic tee.

BUY NOW – $68.

— This polo, inspired by the graphic lines of the tennis court, will be worn by the ball crew.

BUY NOW – $125.

— If the night sessions get a little chilly, this cable-knit umpire cricket sweater is calling our name.

BUY NOW – $248.

— One can never have too many canvas totes. Show your tennis cred with this handsome color blocked bag.

BUY NOW  – $125.

Expert tips on attending and watching the 2022 US Open right now

Go out there and enjoy the last of the four Grand Slam tournaments. We’re so lucky to have it in our own backyard!

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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