US Open Tennis in New York City
US Open Tennis 2008
US Open Tennis 2008 in NYC, New York, USA
US Open Tennis 2008
US Open Tennis 2008 in New York
25 August – 07 September 2008
The 2008 US Open will be held from 25 August to 7 September 2008, at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, New York City.
USTA to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Open Era
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The 2008 US Open will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of tennis’ Open Era. The US Open’s Opening Night on August 25 will launch the celebration with an on-court ceremony highlighting the 40 US Open singles champions in the 40 years since 1968. Throughout the tournament, the US Open will feature additional celebrations and special tributes to past champions. To mark this historic anniversary, the USTA has also produced a commemorative coffee table book, collectible coins, a vintage clothing line, and a dedicated 40th Anniversary website.
The US Open and the city of New York share a special relationship that dates back to 1915, when the West Side Tennis Club first hosted the men’s singles U.S. National Championships, a precursor to the modern-day US Open. Until 1968, the U.S. National Championships was strictly limited to amateurs but forty years ago, the tournament became “open” to both professionals and amateurs and the name changed from the U.S. Championships to the US Open.
The size and scope of the US Open continues to expand and develop each year. A total of $100,000 was offered by the USTA to the field of 96 men and 64 women who entered the men’s and women’s singles and doubles events at the 1968 US Open. In 1973, the US Open became the first Grand Slam to offer equal prize money to men and women. Today, US Open prize money exceeds $20 million and features more than 600 men and women, including qualifying. “The 2008 US Open will pay tribute to one of the most significant milestones in the history of tennis — the birth of the Open Era,” said Jane Brown Grimes, President and Chairman of the Board, USTA. “By allowing both professionals and amateurs to compete together, the Open Era transformed the sport, creating a platform to elevate the sport’s popularity and grow the game on every level.”
“We will be launching a two-week celebration of this historic occasion with what is sure to be an unforgettable Opening Night,” said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive Officer, Pro Tennis, USTA. “The 40th anniversary gives us the opportunity to honor the tournament’s rich history and the game’s greatest champions — past and present — all of whom have played a substantial role in making the US Open one of the world’s most celebrated sporting events.”
The following items are prohibited and MAY NOT be brought onto the premises:
- sealed packages of any kind;
- ALL knapsacks/ALL backpacks ;
- hard coolers or like containers;
- glass bottles or cans;
- aerosol cans or noisemaking devices;
- alcoholic beverages;
- commercial video cameras or recording devices;
- computers or laptops;
- food (except in limited quantities, or for medical, dietary or infant purposes);
- weapons (regardless of permit);
- pets (unless a service animal);
- flags, banners or signs;
- laser pointing devices;
- tennis racquets;
- bicycles; scooters of any type; in-line skates; roller skates; skateboards;
- and any other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USTA and/or US Open personnel, in its sole discretion.
Take the IRT #7 Flushing subway from either Times Square or Grand Central to the Shea Stadium / Willets Point Station. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is about a three-minute walk down the ramp from the station.
Take the “E” or “F” trains to Roosevelt Avenue and transfer upstairs to the IRT #7 train (Flushing bound) subway to the Shea Stadium / Willets Point Station. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is about a three-minute walk down the ramp from the station.
The Long Island Railroad Port Washington branch departs from Penn Station to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Shea Stadium / Willets Point Station).