A Preview of The 2009 U.S. Open

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 21, 2009

CONNECTICUT (BASN) — It is a little more than a week away. Tennis excitement for fans of all ages. It’s the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows. Tickets still abound for most days except Labor day weekend and the men’s final.

The Open is an event which transcends tennis and brings the sport to a level of entertainment beyond most pure entertainment acts.

The grounds are amazing enough even without the tennis. Acre after acre of restaurants, shopping boutiques and tennis memorabilia.

The best time to attend?

Any day session during the first week commencing August 31. Where else can you see a Brazilian playing a Russian with screaming fans with faces painted on intimate outside courts.

Forget the big three stadiums during the first week and venture to the outer courts. Take a look at court 11 for true fun.

Also, swing by the practice courts and get to see all the great players practicing, with a legitimate chance to get an autograph after a grueling and hot session of practice.

So who are the favorites? On the men’s side there are at least 10 players who can win it and many are predicting an Andy to grab the crown. Roddick or Murray that is. We say that Roger Federer<> has to be the favorite.

He has won the French and Wimbledon and is on a roll even after watching his now wife give birth to twin girls.

How about the women? Serena and Venus are the favorites. Maria Sharapova is back from injury and the surface is to her liking. We say Serena.

The best value? Probably September 13, the last day assuming there’s no rain.

One can pay $5.00 and see the boys’ and girls’ final, catch the buzz party on the red carpet and watch the women’s doubles and men’s singles final on a big screen.

Is there a better act in sports? Nope. The U.S. Open is where its at in September.