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NAOMI OSAKA: 2018 Women’s Singles US Open champion.


By MARILYN ABALOS


Are you ready for tennis galore later this month?

Filipino-American tennis fans are beginning to plan to visit the Flushing, Queens, N.Y. for the best tennis event in the country.

US Open Fan Week, a week-long tennis and entertainment festival, will kick-off the 2019 US Open and run from Monday, Aug. 19 to Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The US Open Championship runs from Monday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 8.

You can enjoy the US Open Qualifying Tournament, free evening concerts, open practices featuring the world’s top players, a new Kids’ Zone and many more family activities and special events — FREE and open to the public.

Fan Week activities include:

US Open Qualifying Tournament: Monday, Aug. 19 to Friday, Aug. 23 — 128 men and 128 women compete to qualify for the final 16 positions in the main draws of the US Open.

Legends Matches: A series of late-afternoon Legends matches with a targeted 4:30 p.m. start time will take place at the Grandstand from Wednesday to Friday.

Wednesday’s match will feature John McEnroe and Jim Courier, with Thursday’s pitting Andy Roddick against James Blake.

Friday’s featured match will be a women’s doubles match featuring Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Aranxta Sanchez Vicario.

Other former players and tennis celebrities will be added to the schedule closer to the start of Fan Week.

Featured Practices: From Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., top ATP and WTA players will be showcased in featured practices at the Grandstand.

Players will sign autographs for fans at the conclusion of each practice.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day: The 24th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 throughout the grounds of the National Tennis Center, with a concert and television program taking place at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Again this year, access to the grounds and all grounds activities are FREE.


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NOVAK DJOKOVIC: 2018 Men’s Singles US Open champion.


For the first time, courtesy of the USTA Foundation, general admission promenade seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the concert are FREE.

For reserved Courtside and Loge, you can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.com.

Fun Sports at Net Generation Kids’ Zone: At the Net Generation Kids’ Zone presented by Emirates, located at Backyard Court 17, fans of all ages can play in a range of fun sports activities, including tennis target practice, soccer dribbling, a basketball shootout, golf putting challenge, an agility course and a hockey shooting accuracy area.

Kids Eat Free: Kids eat free at Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, and will be able to do the same during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and US Open Fan Week, as well.

In partnership with Honest Juice, the Holiday Inn brand will provide free meal vouchers to kids 12 and under (limit two per family).

Heineken Happy Hour: Taking place on the Fan Week Center Stage, the Heineken Happy Hour will be held Tuesday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Each night, the Happy Hour will feature top DJs, including DJ Niks, DJs Coco and Breezy, and DJ MAAD.

Drink specials will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. all four nights.

Live Music - Chase Sound Check: For three evenings, from Wednesday, Aug. 21, to Friday, Aug. 23, US Open sponsor Chase will bring an exciting line-up of live music to the Fan Week Center Stage through the Chase Sound Check platform.

The concerts will follow Happy Hour and begin at 8 p.m.

Fan Access Pass: Similar to past years, fans can register for US Open Fan Access Pass for and have a chance to win tickets and prizes.

Fans who sign up for Fan Access Pass can make the most of their Fan Week experience and gain access to reserved seating at the Grandstand for featured practices and Legends matches, as well as access to Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Those who register for Fan Access Pass are also entered into drawings for the chance to win US Open tickets and other prizes.

US Open Draw Ceremony: The US Open Draw Ceremony, which determines the match-ups and order of play for the main draw of the US Open, will take place on Thursday at noon, at the Fan Week Center Stage.

The ceremony will feature top ESPN talent and analysts discussing all of the tournament’s potential highlights, and potential pitfalls.

The ceremony concludes with a special appearance by US Open defending singles champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka.

US Open Pride Event: On Thursday, Aug. 22, the US Open will host a special Pride event at Louis Armstrong Stadium from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., entitled “LOVE ALL — An Open Conversation.”

The event will feature former athletes and other notables who will comment on the role of sports, and especially tennis, in, and on the LGBTQ+ community.

US Open Media Day: Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Louis Armstrong Stadium, fans will have free access to US Open Media Day at which the international tennis media interview top male and female players.

Players participating in the 2018 US Open Media Day included Roger Federer, Sloane Stephens, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Andy Murray and Caroline Wozniacki.

In addition, other tennis players and Hall of Famers are scheduled to be part of the interview rotation that fans are welcome to observe.

Check full schedule and sign up for the Fan Access Pass.

Visit usopen.org/fanweek

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world.

Recognized as one of the premier sports and entertainment events, the US Open will be held Monday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing, Queens, just minutes from Manhattan.

For tickets, visit www.usopen.org

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