US Open Tennis Travel to NYC 2019 on a Fan's Budget

Here are my Top 3 US Open 2019 tennis fan options.This is how to enjoy the best of American Tennis when you only have a limited family vacation budget. Tickets will be on sale soon in June! You will want to subscribe to not miss out on our insiders US Open Emails for more info, discounts, and deals.

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The Art of Tennis Travel
After traveling a few weeks in Europe for the clay court season, I really learned to appreciate tennis in a few different languages, cities, and cultures. You realize that the love of the sport still binds us all universally.

When traveling to a tennis event your main expense will be:
  • Tennis Tickets (pick day or night sessions; plus grounds pass days)
  • Lodging (hotels or AirBnB's) - try to book at least 1-2 months ahead!
  • Transportation - get flights to NYC ASAP; take the 7 train / LIRR or Uber to the stadium

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2019 US Open Tennis Dates:

Mon, Aug 26, 2019 – Sun, Sep 8, 2019
Location: Flushing Meadows, NY

Basically, the tournament is two weeks.
It spans one week *before* Labor Day until one week *after* Labor Day.
Technically, it is almost 3 weeks if you count the free qualifier matches that play the week of August 19-25.

Priority #1: Narrow your Travel Option and Dates

Flights are generally cheaper mid-week (Tues-Thurs). LGA is the closest airport, with a 15 min taxi ride away. You can also take Amtrak to Penn Station and then take the LIRR over to Queens-Metts station. Driving, you will have to factor in about $20 for parking each day unless you own a Mercedes.

Write it on your Calendar
I have found that the best way to start budgeting for a tennis vacation is to pull out a calendar and then figure out which days you can go. From there you will likely need to ask for time off from your job or make sure your kids are off school. Plus it is best to share your idea with a friend or two early to make it a true tennis road trip and slipt some expenses!

#1 Most Action-Packed Tennis Option = Labor Day Weekend (AM + PM)

It is easy to get time off work and school for this end of summer long weekend (Aug 30-Sept 2). The crowds of fans make it a very festive and popular experience. Compare prices between StubHub Fan  Tickets and Ticketmaster Resell to get the best final price.

The tournament always has great matches during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions (day and night). Usually, there are no upsets yet in the draw, so the Big 3 area usually playing back to back these days.

If you can splurge a little, I would recommend getting Loge or Courtside seats for one session featuring your favorite player. Just be prepared to spend at least $300-$600+ per ticket, but it will be a very memorable experience.

For international travelers, I think this is well worth it because they are traveling so far already. To watch Federer play at night from 10-20 meters away at a Grand Slam is magical. You will be surrounded by Hollywood celebrities and enjoy a very entertaining evening.

#2 Best Value Full-Day Tennis Option = Week One Arthur Ashe Day Sessions

Go during the 1st week (Aug 26-30) and buy either the cheapest Ashe Ticket or any Grounds Pass ~$70-$90 for the Day session only. This will give you at least 6-8 hours of tennis if you are willing to roam. You can stay at the outside courts even after the night sessions starts and see some fireworks.

This is the all-you-can-eat Buffet Option for hardcore tennis fans...

A Fan's Guide to the Rafa Nadal Academy and Sports Centre

 Barcelona Open with Rafael Nadal
Follow Rafael Nadal to the French Open
The Rafa Nadal Sports Centre
My visit to Mallorca in April-May at the Rafa Nadal Academy was a lifetime bucket list event.

As a huge Rafa fan for over a decade, I decided to book a pit stop to Mallorca between the Barcelona Open and the Madrid Open via Air Europa.

Apparently, several top pros had the same idea, making their stop in Manacor to do some training. I was there with Toni, Carlos, and the Nadal Academy Coaching Team.

I was lucky enough to train, eat, sleep, plus watch and play tennis next to the top ATP and WTA pros like Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal!

Masters 1000 Clay Trophy Collection at the Rafa Nadal Academy

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Just as Rafael told me in the hallway to the gym, Mallorca is a beautiful island when the weather is nice. I have to agree with him 100%! May through September is the perfect temperature. The cost of staying at the Academy is hardly much more than that of a typical hotel ~$150/night.

Every day I was there, it was a beautiful paradise. Comparing it to Hawaii and Maui  - this island was the Spanish version of a very historic land yet brimming with its small village charm.

I love the church in the center of Manacor, the Cala Agulla beach, and the Castle of Capdepera. Photos below of this amazing landscape.

The scenic countryside with its windmills and small traffic circles are very quaint. Most tiny cars including Rafa's old Kia are miniature in size yet very nimble. Speed limits top out around 100kmph - yet you can go from coast to coast in a little over an hour. I would recommend renting a car but be prepared that it will likely be a manual transmission.

Small packs of bicycle riders will dot the small country roads early in the morning riding in tandem. The local villagers are very friendly and helpful in sharing their traditions and culture. I made a lot of friends among the other Adult tennis program attendees.

I encourage all my tennis fans to 
visit Spain for the authentic Tennis Experience.
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For a closer experience, there is also an 8-court Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy now open in Mexico

Tennis Travel Guide: Best Clay Tennis Cities on the ATP World Tour - Rome vs Madrid vs Monte-Carlo

Best Value for the American Dollar during the European Summer.
We compare the 3 Clay Masters Tournaments for your next Tennis Vacation or Honeymoon!
We give our tips, photos, and fan perspective on Monte-Carlo, Rome, and Madrid.

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Italian Open (Rome, Italy)
May 6 - 19

2nd Stadium (my favorite) at the Foro Italico

Crowds are seated closer together in this "sunken" stadium surrounded by giant Roman Statues.

There are no bad seats here. Even when walking by above, you can hear all the shots and crowd reactions intimately. This is very much the People's Court with lots of true tennis fans.

Italian Open Tennis Tickets on Sale

Italian Open Tennis Map - Green Arrows show my recommended viewing paths for fans
In this map, the green arrows show the paths where I typically recommend staying.

The main practice court areas are a 3x2 area where most of the fans can watch from only the near side (as the backcourts are blocked off to the public but visible).

You will see a lot more tennis if you stay near the Eastern Half.

The 3rd stadium is all the way at the end. Below are more photos taken from the Grounds and Fan areas. I recommend coming from the back or side entrances located at the South East end as there can be a bottleneck in front just before the day or night session starts.

Main Stadium
Main Entrance View of Stadium

It is best to have a ticket in hand before you approach to get inside because you will be at the tip of the Giant Triangle that is the Foro Italico.

Usually, this is where more of the box seat holders will go and typically only stay here. The view is very steep in traditional Collosium fashion for dramatic angles.

View from inside the Main Court

The cafe style restaurants are easy ways to grab a quick bite and drink. There is lots of small table seating on the Lower Left side near the grass.

There are lots of kid-friendly activities like riding the Train, playing some tennis in the Kids zone near the main entrance.

See my reasons for picking Rome as the top clay court Masters for 2016 as well as cool sights to see on a Segway in the city at night (if you are tired from all the walking).

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