Our thanks to Verona’s grandma blogger, Marion Conway, for reminding us about this one: The free days that precede the US Open start tomorrow.
The headliners aren’t at the big tennis tournament until next Monday, but this week you can take the kids to see players who just might be the future of tennis. The US Open Qualifying Tournament runs through Friday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens and, for the 256 players, there’s some serious money at stake: $1 million. The US Open hasn’t released a schedule yet for the Qualifying Tournament, but you can check here for the lineup. Sunday, August 28 is also a free day, that could include glimpses of some of the big names warming up.
Saturday, August 27, is Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the Open, a mix of fun activities, tennis star appearances and music. Some of those scheduled to appear include Cody Simpson, Grayson Chance, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. Tickets for the day range from $10 to $40.
If you are going to any of these activities, you’d be well advised to leave the car at home. Traffic to the Open can be a mess, even on days when the Mets aren’t playing at home. Take the DeCamp to Port Authority and then the #7 subway to the Willets Point station.