Purchasing tickets to the US Open provides fans from the home country – and home countries around the world – the chance to cheer on their favorite players.
By Nicholas J. Walz, USOpen.org
Tennis is an international sport, and at the US Open, it’s played in one of the most international of cities in the world: New York. The US Open draws a diverse crowd of domestic and international fanatics each year. Combining the drama and excitement of world-class matches with the energy of the crowd – there’s nothing like a day (or evening) at the Open.
It all starts with the American fans, giving love to players from the home country like defending US Open champion Serena Williams, her sister, Venus, John Isner and rising star Sloane Stephens. The only points at which they aren’t raucous are during points.
“It's definitely a completely different feeling than being at any other tournament, for a Slam,” Stephens said during last year’s event. “[The people] really get behind you. I feel like I’ll have 75 different coaches out there.”
Even the underdogs from the tiniest nations have their following. Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella has played in three Open main draws, and each year a group of male followers paint their faces and don brightly colored “LUXEMBOURG” T-shirts to cheer on the 28-year-old at courtside. Photographers rarely miss the boisterous crew in their red, white and blue – the colors of the landlocked country. They fit right in. Every type of fan is welcome at the US Open.
So when you see Sir Sean Connery in Arthur Ashe Stadium supporting fellow Scot Andy Murray, straw hat atop his head and a smile on his face, he’s just one of the 700,000-plus spectators each year that feels that passion for their country.
And that’s not to say that fans aren’t adopting players from different countries as their own – after all, “Vamos Rafa!” seems to have become as common a greeting as “hello” at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for Spanish and non-Spanish speakers alike.
The question is: Will you be at the US Open to support your favorites in 2014?
US Open tickets go on sale to the general public starting Monday, June 9, at 9 a.m. ET. Click here for more ticket information.