Last Updated on August 29, 2018
The tennis stars of the world are heading to New York from 27 August to 9 September for the United States Open Tennis Championship. Find out what’s happening, who’s the defending champion, and how to get to and from the airport.
More than 700,000 tennis lovers are expected to descend into the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York for the US Open tennis championship at the end of August. Following on from the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year, the US Open makes up the fourth and final Grand Slam event for 2018.
The most convenient airport to fly into is New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, where you can book a private transfer or shared shuttle on Jayride.com to your hotel, or straight to the tournament. LaGuardia Airport is also a convenient choice for flying into New York.
Pre-book your airport transfer to avoid price surges and rising metres (plus, avoid the extortionate car park fees!), with the peace of mind that you’ll get exactly where you need to go to enjoy some world-class tennis.
How far is the US Open from the airport?
From John F. Kennedy Airport, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is approximately 16 kilometres away, around a 20 minute drive. You can book a shared shuttle from JFK to the Billie Jean National Tennis Center from as little as USD$37 at Jayride.com.
- The US Open transitioned from grass courts in 1974; since 1978 the tournament has been played on hard acrylic courts, with clay courts being used in the interim.
- The tournament was first held in 1881 as the ‘US National Championships’, making it one of the oldest championships in the world.
- In 2018, the tournament will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its name change to the ‘US Open’.
- The prize money in 2017 was more than USD$50 million.
- The middle weekend of the tournament coincides with the Labor Day public holiday in the US.
- Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal was the winner of the men’s singles in 2017, securing his 16th Grand Slam title (and third title at the US Open).
- American player Sloane Stephens took home the women’s singles title in 2017; her first Grand Slam title.
You can purchase tickets to any of the four seating levels available at the tournament. Courtside Box tickets offer unbeatable views and are closest to the actual courts. Loge Boxes offer great centre court views, promenade seats are located in the upper bowl of the Arthur Ashe Center Court (where the finals are played), and Grounds Pass tickets are available as well, although they do not offer access to the Arthur Ashe Center Court.
For more information about tickets and to purchase yours, head over to the official US Open Tennis website.
Note: Ticketmaster is the only authorized seller for US Open tickets online. Buy from the official site to ensure the authenticity of your tickets.