Even A Month Away, The U.S. Open Looms Large

By Richard Kent
Updated: July 15, 2007

CONNECTICUT — Is there a better sporting event in the world than the U.S. Open? Probably not for my money.

Yes, I am referring to the U.S. Tennis Open at Flushing Meadows in New York. It’s usually played in oppressive heat and the pros would rather be at the French Open in Paris but that doesn’t prevent the top 256 players in the world, men and women from competing for the greatest prize in tennis along with Wimbledon.

Many tickets still remain for night matches and for day ground passes. Forget about Labor Day weekend and forget about the men’s finals. Standing room only.

The prices are high but the atmosphere is electric. A hamburger will run you $7.50, a mini pene is $7.75, and $5.00 for a hotdog. How about $3.25 for a bagel.

Sure a jumbo yellow tennis ball is $40.00, but the players are walking around the grounds and practicing on the practice court and are never reluctant to sign an item.

Fairfield, Connecticut’s own James Blake will once again be entered in the singles and both Venus and Serena Williams will play both singles and doubles.

The U.S. Open starts on August 27th and culminates on September 9th with the men’s final at 4:00 p.m.

Don’t worry about the rain. It is not Wimbledon. Only one full day of tennis has been rained out at the Open over the past three years.

The last day tariff is only $5.00 and entitles one to watch all the matches except for the men’s final, but that match is available on large screens in the food court.

Our picks are Roger Federer in the men’s tournament and Justine Henin narrowly over one of the Williams’ sisters in the women’s final.

Don’t miss it. There’s not a more fun day in tennis or any sport for that matter.