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5 events not to miss during the US Open

The best seats to qualifying rounds and practices, a dedicated kids’ zone, and a Chase concert series makes for a fun-filled Fan Week.

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While the US Open tournament is certainly the main draw for tennis fans, true US Open enthusiasts know to head to Flushing the week before the main event. Dubbed US Open Fan Week, it runs from Monday, August 19 to Sunday, August 25 and is packed with events and opportunities to see some of your favorite tennis stars. The week, anchored by the US Open Qualifying Tournament, is packed with activities and programming like concerts, happy hours, and exhibition matches. Plus, there’s a dedicated kids’ area and special days devoted to things like the borough of Queens, ensuring there really is something for everyone. Best of all, admission to the grounds is free and open to the public, all on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

The secret to even more insider access to the US Open? Register for the US Open Fan Access Pass for a chance to win tickets and prizes and, new for this year, reserve special access to featured practices, legends exhibition matches, and behind-the-scenes access into Arthur Ashe Stadium. Read on for the best things to do during 2019 Fan Week at the US Open.

1. Net Generation Kids’ Zone and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

All week, fans of all ages can head over to the Kids’ Zone near Court 17 and partake in a wide range of sports activities like tennis target practice, soccer dribbling, a basketball shootout, golf putting challenge, an agility course, and hockey shooting, making this the perfect spot for families. Then on Saturday, August 24, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day brings live musical acts and today’s best tennis players to celebrate and honor tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The day features a ticketed stadium show inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, as well as a free Kids’ Festival at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Performers include Blanco Brown, Meg Donnelly, MAX, Ava Max, JD McCrary and Radio Disney’s Morgan.

2. Draw Ceremony and Media Day

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 at the Fan Week Center Stage on Thursday, August 22. Don’t miss top ESPN talent and analysts discussing all of the tournament’s potential highlights, and potential pitfalls. Plus, it will feature special appearance by US Open defending singles champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka. Then, on Friday, August 23, fans will have access to Media Day and be able to listen in as the international tennis media interview the top male and female players.

3. US Open Legends Matches and Featured Practices

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There’s plenty of opportunities during Fan Week to watch top players practice in the Arthur Ashe Stadium and the Grandstand and registration can get you the best seats. Last year, fans got to watch players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer warm up for their matches. Then there are the Legends Exhibition Matches, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, that are open to the public.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 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Both events feature a host and DJ for extra entertainment. More layers will be added to the roster soon, so check here for schedule.

4. Heineken Happy Hour and Chase Sound Check

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights (August 20–23) from 6 to 8 p.m., Heineken is hosting a music and drink-filled happy hour on the grounds at the Fan Week Center Stage. The happy hour will feature DJs like DJ Niks, DJ Coco, DJ Breezy, and DJ Maad and revelers can also nab drink specials from 6 to 7 p.m. Following Heineken Happy Hour from Wednesday to Friday is a free live Chase Sound Check concert at 8 p.m., where fans can dance the night away. Some upcoming performances include LANY (August 21), Brett Eldredge (August 22), and Leon Bridges (August 23).

5. Queens Day

Celebrate the borough that New York’s Grand Slam Tournament has called home for the last 100 years at the epic Queens Day on Wednesday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Expect fun and free entertainment from local performers and exhibitions from Queens cultural institutions to take place all across the grounds.

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