Founded in 1881, the United States Open Tennis Championships is one of the four tennis majors comprising the Grand Slam and one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis championships in the world. As such, US Open tennis tickets are sought after by tennis fans around the globe and have become some of the most difficult tickets to procure in all of professional sports The United States Open Tennis Championships is held annually during late August and early September, and is chronologically the fourth and final major tennis tournament. Tournaments held as part of the United States Open include men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. There are also tournaments held for senior, junior, and handicapped participants.
In 1881, the first version of the United States Open Tennis Championships was held in Newport, Rhode Island on the grass courts at Newport Casino. While US Open tennis tickets may be hard to come by today, it was even more difficult to get into the tournament back then with only a who’s who of the local elite in attendance. It was also quite difficult to get into the early US Open Tennis tournament as a competitor, as the first iteration was only open to members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA). Richard Sears won the inaugural event, and would defend his title thereafter for seven years. Sears’ seven US Open Championships tie him with Bill Larned and Bill Tilton as the most won by any individual in the history of the tournament. During the early years of the US Open tournament, then referred to as the US National Championship, it much easier to defend the championship than it was to steal it as a challenger. From 1884 until 1911, the US Open used a challenge system which meant that the defending champion would already be slotted into the championship, while the other players battled through the tournament for the chance to take the crown. Both Sears and Larned achieved their record seven US Open championships through this format. In 1915, after a few years of push for a relocation of the US National Championship, it finally moved from Newport to West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York. The argument in favor of this move was that more tennis clubs were located in New York, and as such, more players and fans of the game. With a move to New York for the US National Championship, it was believed that the sport could grow and there would be increased fan activity and demand for US Open tennis tickets.
During the first six years of the US National Championship, only men could compete. In 1887, the first official US Women’s National Singles Championship was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and was won by 17 year old local, Ellen Hansell. The US Women’s National Singles Championship was accompanied by tournaments for women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The five tennis tournaments (Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles) would not merge to form the modern US Open until 1968. That year, the first official “US Open” was held at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills. Fans lucky enough to procure US Open tennis tickets for the inaugural US Open of the Open Era were able to see American legend Arthur Ashe capture his first career major championship. In 1997, Ashe was honored by the opening of Arthur Ashe Stadium, which replaced Louis Armstrong Stadium as the central venue of the US Open tournament. Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest outdoor tennis-only venue in the world, with a capacity of 22,547 individual seats offering plenty of available US Open tennis tickets, albeit at a premium to many other tennis events.
Following the beginning of the Open Era, the 1970’s were a period of great innovation for the US Open. In 1970, the US Open added a unique twist in that it became the first Grand Slam tournament to use a deciding tiebreak in 6-6 sets. To this day, the US Open remains the only major to use a tiebreak in the deciding set rather than continuing play until a two-game lead is achieved. For the first four years of the tiebreak system, the US Open used best of nine sudden-death tiebreaker. In 1975, the US Open moved to the ITF best of twelve system.
In 1973, the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament in which the Men’s and Women’s champions earned equal pay, symbolizing a great step forward in gender equality within tennis. The championship purse that year was $25,000 dollars. Today, US Open tennis tickets to one of the 90 luxury boxes at Arthur Ashe Stadium can cost more than the inaugural equal pay purse.
Two years later in 1975, the addition of floodlighting to West Side Tennis Club enabled night-time play for the first tie in US Open history. However, the tournament would relocate soon thereafter in 1978, to the far bigger USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens. This switch enabled to a larger venue enabled increase sales of US Open tennis tickets, allowing for more fans to attend the event thus growing the popularity of tennis.
With the move to the USTA National Tennis Center began a period of American dominance in the US Open. From 1978 to 1984, all seven US Opens were won by either Jimmy Connors or John McEnroe, with McEnroe taking four titles and Connors taking three during that period. However, in 1985, Czechoslovakian Ivan Lendl avenged his three consecutive finals losses by defeating McEnroe en route to winning three consecutive US Open titles before losing two more in 88-89. Although he went 3-5, Lendl’s stretch of 8 consecutive US Open finals appearances is one of the most dominant stretches in US Open history.
In 1990, Pete Sampras would recapture the US Open for America when he defeated fellow American Andre Agassi. The two would go on to become the two most well-known and iconic tennis players of the 1990s, although Sampras was able to outduel Agassi in all three of the US Open championship duels. Agassi would go on to win two US Opens of his own, but his success pales in comparison to Sampras’ Open-era record five US Open titles, a record which he shares with Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer.
Sampras would win his final US Open title in iconic fashion, defeating Agassi in 2002. Andy Roddick, another American, would defend the US Open crown the following year. However, it has now been nine years since an American has captured the title. Following Roddick’s victory, Swiss native Roger Federer rattled off an unprecedented five consecutive US Open victories, before being defeated by Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro in 2009. The past four US Opens have been won by nationals of four different countries, and no American has made an appearance in the finals during this timeframe. Subsequently, in recent years, US Open tennis tickets have grown in popularity within international markets, and the event continues to grow successfully to this very day.
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The inaugural United States Open Tennis Championship was held in 1881 on the grass courts at Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. At the time, Newport was a hotbed for tennis culture, housing numerous clubs for the vacationing elite possessing summer homes in the posh costal Rhode Island town. Newport Casino housed the US Open, at the time referred to as the Tennis National Championships, from its inauguration in 1881 until 1915. Today, there is still an active grass-court tennis club as well as an indoor club at Newport Casino, which unlike its moniker would suggest, has never housed a public gambling venue.
By the turn of the century, there was already a push among the governing bodies of tennis as well as the players to relocate the event to New York, where there were more tennis clubs located and greater accessibility to the game for tennis fans and enthusiasts. This also meant that more US Open tennis tickets could be sold to the public, and the game could further grow in popularity. In 1915, relocation efforts finally became a reality as the US Open moved to West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills, New York. While there was a brief relocation of the US Open to Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia from 1921-1923, West Side Tennis Club hosted the event during every other year between 1915 and 1977.
It turned out that the governing bodies of tennis were correct, and the game’s popularity soared upon the US Open’s move to New York. By 1923, the success of the US Open catalyzed the construction of a new venue at the West Side Tennis Club. The 14,000 horseshoe-shaped West Side Stadium still stands today, and greatly grew fan access to the tournament via the increase in available US Open tennis tickets. However, by 1978, the US Open Tournament would outgrow even West Side Tennis Club.
Since 1978, the United States Open Tennis Championships has been held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. The complex is home to 22 courts, with 11 additional courts in the adjacent part. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center possesses three stadiums which are among the largest in the world, with the premier Arthur Ashe Stadium sitting atop the list at a capacity of over 23,000… that’s a lot of US Open tennis tickets to sell!
The 33 tennis courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center all possess the DecoTurf composite surfaces, which are comprised of a combination of acrylic, rubber, and silica, among other materials, on top of a hard base (typically asphalt or concrete). Because the center is a public park, when the US Open is not taking place at the complex for 11 months of the year, the courts are open for public play so long as there are no other tournaments taking place at that time.
Arthur Ashe Stadium, the crown jewel stadium of the US Open, was constructed as part of a major overhaul project for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center back in 1995, in response to rumors that the tournament could be relocated to San Diego. In 1997, the newly constructed stadium replaced the older Louis Armstrong Stadium as the central court for the US Open. The Stadium is of course named after Arthur Ashe, the man who won the inaugural 1968 US Open as part of the Grand Slam era in which professional tennis players could compete.
The massive stadium cost $254 million dollars to build, and has done wonders to promote the sport of tennis in America through housing America’s premier tennis tournament. Arthur Ashe Stadium features 22,547 individual seats to go along with 90 luxury suites, restaurants, and lounges. With all sorts of amenities and an impressive aura as the world’s largest outdoor tennis venue, it is no wonder that US Open tennis tickets at Arthur Ashe Stadium command a significant premium over other tournaments in America.
U.S. Open Tennis Championship News
9-9-15: It was a night that saw a trio of superstars take the court in Flushing, Queens, and both Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic have advance to the Semifinals of the 2015 US Open. Serena took down sister Venus while Djokovic inched past Feliciano Lopez in what was easily the most expensive session thus far. The two other semifinalists will advance by nightfall, as Stan Wawrinka takes on Kevin Anderson and followed by Richard Gasquet against No. 2-ranked Roger Federer. The average price for US Open Session 20 tickets is now $609.10 on the secondary market. The cheapest available ticket is listed for $110.
9-8-15: History will be made in Flushing tonight as Serena and Venus Williams face each other in the 2015 US Open Women's Quarterfinals. The siblings will match up for the 27th time in their professional careers, and ticket prices are skyrocketing for the landmark match. According to TicketIQ, the average price for Session 19 US Open tickets is now $826.01 on the secondary market, easily making it the most expensive single session of the tournament thus far. Fans will also be treated to the second Men's Quarterfinals match immediately following Venus and Serena. No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic will look to earn his spot in the Semifinals with a win over Feliciano Lopez tonight. Serena is looking to become just the fourth female player in tennis history to achieve the calendar year Grand Slam with a US Open win this year. The last to do so was Steffi Graf in 1988. The 33-year-old is 15-11 all-time against Venus and has gone 8-5 against her in Grand Slam events.
9-1-15: The 2015 US Open is officially underway, and ticket prices aren’t letting up on the secondary market. According to TicketIQ the average secondary price for 2015 US Open tickets over the tournament’s remaining 22 sessions is now $470.39. Kei Nishikori was arguably the biggest upset during Monday’s opening two rounds, as last year’s finalist was eliminated by Benoit Paire. The average secondary price for Session 3 tickets is now $254.78 and the cheapest available is listed for $80. Tonight’s session owns a secondary ticket average of $173.54 and $38 get-in price.
8-26-15: The best tennis players in the world will head to Flushing, New York beginning next week when the 2015 US Open launches at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Over the 24 sessions between August 31 and September 13, the average price for US Open tickets is now $395.33 on the secondary market. Men’s Final tickets currently own a secondary market average of $862.25 and $176 get-in price. One day prior, Women’s Final tickets average $858.03 and get-in price starts at $146.
8-24-15: Just one week remains before the 2015 US Open Tennis Championship begins. The tournament is being fueled by Serena Williams’s attempt at the history books as she looks to become just the fourth female player to ever win all four Grand Slam titles in a single calendar year. Over the 24-session tournament, the average price for 2015 US Open tickets is now $394.45 on the secondary market. Women’s Final tickets on September 12 now average $865.31 and get-in price starts at $145. The following day, Men’s Final tickets own a secondary market average of $855.75 and a $184 get-in price.
8-21-15: Just over a week remains before the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championship begins in Queens, New York. This year’s tournament is filled with intriguing storylines, none of which is bigger than Serena Williams’ pursuit of four Grand Slam wins in the same calendar year. Only three other female players have accomplished the feat in history, with Steffi Graf being the most recent in 1988. Over the 24 sessions scheduled between August 31 and September 13, the average price for U.S. Open tickets is now $383.16. That marks a 25.9% jump over last year’s average of $304.35.
8-20-15: 11 days now remain before the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championship begins in Queens. Session 1 U.S. Open tickets now own a secondary average of $198.83 and the get-in price is $78. Session 2, which will also be held on August 31, has a secondary ticket average of $172.32 and a $32 get-in price.
8-18-15: Less than two weeks separate the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championship from beginning at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, Queens. According to TicketIQ the average price for Session 1 U.S. Open tickets is now $200.33 and the cheapest available is listed for $55. Session 2 will be held the same day – August 31 – and owns a slightly lower ticket average of $183.32 on the secondary market. The cheapest Session 2 U.S. Open tickets are listed for $32. Men’s Final tickets on September 13 now average $888.96 and get-in price is $187 while Women’s Final tickets the night prior average $845.63 and have a get-in price of $146.
8-14-15: Just over one week remains before the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championship kicks off in Queens, New York. Over the 24-session affair between August 30 and September 30, the average secondary price for U.S. Open tickets is now $378.22. Session 1 tickets own a median price of $194.63 and the cheapest ticket price is $55. Session 2 will be held on the same day (August 30) and tickets for that session average $177.70. The cheapest ticket to that session is now $26.
8-12-15: Ticket prices are beginning to increase for Session 1 of the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championship on August 31. On Monday tickets owned a secondary market average of $178.45. Two days later, the average secondary price for Session 1 tickets is now $185.47. The cheapest available ticket to the opening session of 2015’s tournament is $55. Men’s Final tickets on September 13 are also increasing in price, rising from their $878.21 average on Monday to $904.21 today.
8-10-15: Three weeks remain before the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championship begins. According to TicketIQ, the average price for Session 1 U.S. Open tickets on August 31 is now $178.46 on the secondary market. The cheapest available ticket is listed for $55. Later that day, Session 2 will be held at Arthur Ashe Stadium and the average secondary price for tickets is $167.33. The get-in price for Session 2 tickets now starts at $55. In regards to pricing for the Men’s and Women’s Finals, ticket prices are beginning to decrease for the Men’s Final. Men’s Final tickets now average $878.21 and get-in price is $184. On the Women’s side, however, tickets average $781.13 and get-in price starts at $125.
8-6-15: Less than three weeks remain before the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championship kicks off at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York. Ticket prices on the secondary market have remained firm, however, and the average secondary price for U.S. Open Session 1 tickets on August 31 is now $175.71 with a get-in price of $69. Session 2 will be held the same day, with tickets owning a secondary average of $165.38 and get-in price starting at $28. The Men’s Final will be held on September 13 and tickets are currently averaging $913.97 with a $195 get-in price. One day earlier, the Women’s Final is averaging a $761.55 ticket and $125 get-in price.
8-4-15: There is a teeter-totter trend appearing on the secondary market for tickets to this year's U.S. Open Men and Women's Final. Yesterday the average price for U.S. Open Men's Final tickets was $908.56. Tickets now own a secondary average of $894.18, marking a 1.6% drop on average day-over-day. Conversely, the Women's Final one day prior has seen ticket prices increase on average, climbing .6% from yesterday's average of $695.76 to its current median price of $700.12.
8-3-15: Four weeks remain before the U.S. Open Tennis Championship kicks off at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, Queens. According to TicketIQ the average price for August 31 U.S. Open tickets is now $170.77 and the cheapest available ticket is $68. The same day, Session 2 U.S. Open tickets average $162.42 and the get-in price starts at $28. The Men's Final will be held on September 13, and tickets own a secondary average of $908.56 and get-in price starts at $163. The Women's Final will be held one day prior. U.S. Open Women's Final tickets average $695.76 and the cheapest available ticket is $138.
7-31-15: The U.S. Open is officially one month away from beginning at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York. Featuring the best tennis players in the world, the fourth and final installment of the 2015 Grand Slam will take place between August 31 and September 13. According to TicketIQ, Session 1 U.S. Open tickets now average $189.83 and the get-in price starts at $62. Session 2, which will also be held on August 31, owns a secondary ticket average of $166.89 and a $25 get-in price.
7-29-15: The U.S. Open continues to inch closer to its August 31 start date, and ticket prices remain firm on the secondary market. According to TicketIQ the average price for Men’s First Round U.S. Open tickets on the tournament’s opening day is now $175.22 and the cheapest ticket is listed for $62. The Men’s Final will be held at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 13, where tickets currently average $973.65. The cheapest available ticket is now listed for $163. The Women’s Final will be held one day prior and is averaging $732.59. Get-in price for that day is $138.
7-27-15: Session 1 of the 2015 U.S. Open is now just three weeks away from beginning at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. The average price for Session 1 U.S. Open tickets is now $178.35 and the cheapest available is $60 on the secondary market. If searching for Men’s Finals tickets on September 13, the average secondary price is currently $1,014.53. The get-in price for the Men’s Final is $163. Serena Williams will be looking to complete a sweep of this year’s Grand Slam after winning the French Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon earlier this year.
7-23-15: Ticket prices for the U.S. Open have remained firm since Tuesday on the secondary market. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary price for U.S. Open Men’s Final tickets is now $1001.93 and the cheapest available ticket is $176. On the Women’s Final side, tickets average $698.45 and the get-in price is $119. Serena Williams is looking to win her fourth straight Glam Slam final with a win at the U.S. Open after winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year. Novak Djokovic carries his momentum from Wimbledon into Flushing, New York in hopes of dethroning Marin Čilić, who won the tournament last year.
7-21-15: Ticket prices have continued to skyrocket for the 2015 U.S. Open, which officially kicks off at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York on August 31. Wimbledon wins by Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are likely the reason behind the price jump. The average price for 2015 U.S. Open Men’s Final tickets on September 13 is now $1,009.44 and the cheapest available ticket is $176. One day prior will welcome the Women’s Final, where tickets average $711.19 and the get-in price starts at $119.
7-17-15: Just over six weeks remain before the 2015 U.S. Open kicks off at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. According to TicketIQ, the average price for 2015 U.S. Open tickets over the 24-session tournament is now $388.39 on the secondary market. The tournament’s Final, which will be held on September 13 and feature the Men’s Final and Women’s Doubles Final now averages at $1,006.23 and the get-in price is $157.
7-15-15: Arthur Ashe Stadium will once again host the U.S. Open Tennis Championship this August, which will house the sport’s best players in the Grand Slam’s fourth and final tennis tournament. Ticket prices remain firm on the secondary market as well, with little-to-no movement since the start of the week. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary price for 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament tickets across all 24 sessions is now $378.85, down less than $4 from Monday’s average of $382.72. Session 24, which will be held on September 13 and feature the Men’s Final and Women’s Doubles Final, now owns a secondary ticket average of $1,010.13 and the cheapest available ticket is listed for $157.
7-13-15: Exactly seven weeks remain before the 2015 U.S. Open kicks off at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Featuring some of tennis’ most established and brightest stars, the tournament will run through September 13 at the prestigious sporting venue. According to TicketIQ, the average price for 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament tickets is currently $382.72 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on the secondary market. Unsurprisingly, the tournament’s most expensive day will be its last on September 13, when the Men’s Final and Women’s Double Final are held. The average secondary price for U.S. Open Men’s Final tickets is currently $989.65 and the cheapest available ticket is listed for $157.
8-21-14: The qualifying round for the US Open is already underway, with the
tournament set to start August 25. Draws for the first round of the
tournament were made today with notable match ups including
Roger Federer (2) vs. Marinko Matosevic, David Ferrer (4) vs. Damir Dzumhur
and Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Diego Schwartzman for Men’s Singles.
For the Women’s Singles there’s Serena Williams (1) vs. Taylor Townsend,
Petra Kvitova (3) vs. Kristina Mladenovic and Maria Sharapova (5) vs.
8-18-14: In an interesting turn of events, defending champion Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the 2014 US Open due to a wrist injury, as per the official US Open twitter account. This opens up the field of competition to various newcomers. Nadal was previously making headlines by announcing his return to the sleeveless look for the tournament.
8-11-14: The link between tennis and fashion continues, as fan favorite Rafael Nadal has announced he'll return to his famous sleeveless look during the US Open tournament later this month. It will be the first sleeveless tournament for Nadal since the 2009 Australian Open. Thus far, US Open tickets average $317.58 on the secondary market.
8-8-14: The average ticket price for the US Open is currently $317.90, with the cheapest being Session 2, currently down 7% this week. The same session has remained the most expensive since hitting the resale market – Session 24. Prices are actually up 2% this week and currently feature an average asking price of $860.60
8-6-14: Without Rafael Nadal in the US Open, Roger Federer has an opportunity to close the gap in the ATP Rankings. Federer is currently ranked number 3. Overall, Nadal leads the all-time series with Federer 23-10. With just under three weeks until the opening matches, US Open tickets average $316.80 on the secondary market.
8-4-14: With tickets as low as $21, the opening sessions of the US Open continue to be the cheapest of the tournament. Overall, US Open tickets average $323.81 with the most expensive session coming September 6th and featuring the Men's semifinals and Women's Doubles Finals. The cheapest available ticket for that date is $147.
7-31-14: Thus far, tickets for Session 2 of the US Open are the cheapest of the bunch. The average price on the resale market is $131.96 with a get-in of $26. To little surprise, the final sessions are the most expensive. More specifically, Session 24 featuring the Men's semifinals and Women's doubles finals averages $845.67 on the re-sale market.
8-28-13: 17-year-old American Victoria Duval orchestrated the first major upset of the 2013 US Open Open by defeating 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round onTuesday. The 296th ranked teenager beat Stosur 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. It was just Duval's second Grand Slam match of her career. It was also the first time she was facing a top-20 opponent.
The 2013 US Open Tennis Championships will be held from August 26th thru September 9th in Flushing Meadows.
Price by Session (as of July 31st)
- Session 1: $180/$49
- Session 2: $146/$26
- Session 3: $168/$52
- Session 4: $151/$22
- Session 5: $187/$56
- Session 6: $174/$26
- Session 7: $230/$50
- Session 8: $233/$49
- Session 9: $296/$90
- Session 10: $259/$56
- Session 11: $390/$98
- Session 12: $311/$61
- Session 13: $363/$94
- Session 14: $265/$52
- Session 15: $430/$75
- Session 16: $230/$42
- Session 17: $230/$39
- Session 18: $386/$52
- Session 19: $258/$35
- Session 20: $582/$70
- Session 21: $332/$35
- Session 22: $635/$92
- Session 23 (Women’s Semis / Mixed Doubles Final): $347/$72
- Session 24 (Men’s Semis / Women’s Doubles Final): $829/$145
- Session 25 (Women’s Final / Men’s Doubles Final): $482/$92
- Session 26 (Men’s Final): $760/$130