US OPEN DIRECTIONS
By rail: subway 7 line or LIRR’s Port Washington line to Shea Stadium/Willets Point Station.
By car: The Shea Stadium exit of Grand Central Parkway will be the most popular route.
NOTE: Because of construction at Shea Stadium and anticiapted traffic conditions, it is strongly recommended that all US Open attendees use public transportation. Parking will not be available at Shea Stadium. Cars will be directed toward lots at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Parking is $14.
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XM Satellite Radio is broadcasting live coverage as well as daily highlight packages of the US OPEN action. Play by play coverage and an hour-long show from the USTA Billie Jean King Nationa Tennis Center on XM Sports Nation (XM Channel 144) and Xm Live (The US. Open Tennis XM Channel 120) at 9 a.m. daily throughout the tournament. . .
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USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER
Flushing Meadows-Corona park, Flushing, N.Y.
Aug. 27 – Sept. 9
The main court is located at the 24,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, named after Arthur Ashe, the African American tennis player who won the inaugural men’s final of the US Open in 1968. (The British tennis player Virginia Wade won the first woman’s US Open final, five months after she turned professional.) Court Number 2 is Louis Armstrong Stadium, which stood as the main stadium until the completion of Ashe stadium.
All the courts used by the US Open are lit, meaning that TV coverage of the tournament can extend into prime time to attract more ratings. This has recently been used to the advantage of the USA Network on cable and especially for CBS, the American broadcast TV outlet for the Open for many years, which used its influence to move the women’s singles final to Saturday night to draw better television ratings.
In 2005, all US Open and US Open Series tennis courts were given blue inner courts and green outer courts to make it easier to see the ball. This change has been met with mixed reactions from both players and fans, with many players saying that the ball is no easier to see with the blue courts.
The DecoTurf surface at the US Open is a fast surface, having slightly less friction and producing a lower bounce compared to other hard courts (most notably the Rebound Ace surface of the Australian Open). For this reason, many serve-and-volley players have found success at the US Open.