San Diego Open Fan's Guide to the WTA 500, Oct 8-17

World's Best Female Tennis Players Star in San Diego!

San Diego usually has picture-perfect weather in October. It welcomes fans ready to enjoy more tennis with its warm beach climate. The WTA will showcase 16 out of the World's Top 20 from Oct 8 - 16. SeatGeek discount code below works for tickets, parking, and even Padres Games!

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Who is Playing in the WTA 500 San Diego Open?

Update: Friday night, we saw sell-out capacity crowds! Get your tickets for Sat and Sun ASAP!

"Surfin' Swiatek" is Champion of San Diego 2022

Congrats to Iga for sealing her win! Thank you to all the SeatGeek fans that used our code. Together, we have doubled the donated amount to Tennis Plays for Peace. Many thanks to all charities involved!


Fan Tips for Watching Tennis @ San Diego Open

  • What highlight matches to watch?
    Great matches and top players playing Friday 10/14 and Saturday 10/15.

  • Should I buy the Day or Night sessions?
    Night session are more popular (starts @ 5:30pm).
    I recommend arriving early and watching court 2 matches until you can enter.

  • Is Weekday or Weekend a better deal?
    Saturday's Semi-Final tickets are almost sold out.
    Check here for prices on the latest on re-sell tickets and parking.

  • My friend is somewhere in the Grandstand. How do I find them?
    First, find out if they are on the West (umpire chair) or East (opposite umpire chair).
    Next, ask them to tell you which Flag is flying behind them and what row from the front.

  • Examples might be to meet @Spain, Row 2...@Japan, Row 4...@USA, Row 6.
    On the changeovers (odd games) or end of the set, they can meet you at the flag to say hi!

  • Usually, Fans enter/exit on every odd-number game.
    The key exception is at the start of any set. It is on the 3rd Game (not 1st game).

  • Where should I sit, so I don't face the sun?
    For the Day session, I like the West Side (on the left when entering from the entrance)
    At night, I prefer closer to the South East end, so you get a view of the sunset

  • Does it get cold there at night?
    San Diego can get a little chilly after sunset, so bring a light jacket or extra layer! We have been getting overcast skies with slight chances of rain the latter half of the week. Plan accordingly!

  • Best food option, Favorite souvenirs, Free swag, and Top merch?
    My reviews and recommendations are given here

Ticket Deals and Seating Advice

  • Ground passes start at only $20!
    Day Sessions are only available from 10/10 to 10/14. Not Saturday, Sunday.

  • Grandstand seats offer a higher-up view. You can cheer openly with fellow tennis fans and chat with neighbors more freely. The ambiance from the grandstand is very exciting for the crowd's reactions.

  • North Covered Baseline and VIP box seats are still available; most were empty on Day 1. Some folks were able to find VIP resold tickets for under $100! Great deals for the catered food and drinks option.

Court 2 - space is very tight on court 2 with many new restrictions for entry/exit.

Fans can only sit only on one side of the court. All seats face directly into the sun so plan accordingly.
Tip: before a good match, head there early to get a good seat before the crowds, and bring shades!

Best courtside seat section?
Day: Section 101 and 102
- umpire chair side.
Night: Sections 103 and 104 for the SD sunset views.

Corners: Seats 1-8 in sections 101, 103 and Seats 16-24 in sections 102, 104 offer great angles.

Avoid sitting at the very bottom row?
Rows B, C, and D will give you a bit of height perspective.
Row A puts practically at court level! (good after the match, or when you want selfies and autographs).

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Special Fan Events and Dates

  • Kids Free Days for Qualifiers Weekend (10/8, 10/9)

  • SD Tennis Hall of Fame Night (10/10) - SCTA induction

  • USTA Coaches Workshop (10/14-10/15)
    Free Ticket and Lunches for new coaches

  • 50th Anniversary of Title IX Celebration (10/15)

Fan Village Interactive Fun

Half the fun of attending a tennis tournament is visiting all the sponsor booths (and booth owners)!

For the Tennis Techie and kids at heart, visit the Fan Village for some cool Q&A with players and many interactive activities. Tell them Jacky sent you! I only listed the booths I felt were worth visiting.

  • MultiBall with their digital wall to test your skills. Come at night for the best experience! Hone your skills and speed on the wall. Can you beat the fastest daily score? (Charlie, Jenny)

  • Sense Arena offers some Virtual Reality Tennis Games. Get a chance to win a VR headset and haptic racket. It actually feels like you are swinging a tennis racket. (Justin, Yannick)

  • Stretch Lab offers a free 15 min stretch demo. Perfect for any tennis player or fan. You'll feel better afterward. Visit them in Little Italy, Del Mar, and Solana Beach! (Angie, Sarah)

  • Gymbiotika - organic drinks and supplements; Enjoy refreshing watermelon and free samples!
Charity Booth Donations (and Ball Donations):
TopCourt Signed Ball by World #1 Iga Swiatek and other WTA stars playing in the tournament.
Prize Balls will be donated to the charity booths at the Fan Village charities booths.
  • Actual player's game balls used during the VIP filming sessions!
  • Scan the QR code: get the player's free personal story trailer video.
  • Great collectibles for Halloween and kids!


Acing Autism (Ball: Leylah Fernandez)


Wounded Warriors (Ball: Jessica Pegula)


San Diego Tennis Association (Ball: Aryna Sabalenka)


SCTA Foundation (Ball: Iga Swiatek)

San Diego Open - TopCourt Sign-Up Offer*

  1. Sign up to earn a $25 e-gift card*
  2. Pick Amazon or Tennis Warehouse
  3. Donation Matching: select your favorite charity to earn $25 too!
All TopCourt funds raised by the SD Open charity booths will be tallied by Sunday.
Our #1 TopCourt charity will get 2x the donated amount - a 100% bonus donation match.

 

The free $25 e-Gift card will be sent to our TopCourt members via email
*Must activate a new subscription at FreeTopCourt.com and remain a Basic member for at least the 1st month. This special offer is only valid until the end of the tournament, October 16!

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