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 US Open Tennis Championships 
Aug. 25 to Sept. 07, 2008

The final event in the annual Grand Slam series takes place in late August and early September at the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens. The tournament draws hundreds of pros from around the world to compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches on blue and green DecoTurf courts, with more than $17 million in prize money up for grabs. Tickets go on sale in early summer through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) or in person at the National Tennis Center box office. The tournament sells out quickly, and the best seats generally go to corporate sponsors and to series ticket holders, so don't be surprised to find yourself far away from the action if you buy individual tickets. It's also possible to purchase individual subscription tickets directly from subscribers via the US Open Web site, and a limited number of same-day grounds tickets are made available at the box office during the first eight days of the tournament. US Open tickets also are available in conjunction with travel packages sold by Grand Slam Tennis Tours (www.grandslamtennistours.com), Championship Tennis tours (www.tennistours.com) and other sports tour operators. The USTA National Tennis Center is about 7 miles east of Midtown Manhattan, easily accessible via the No. 7 Flushing subway line or the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Railroad.
 Pilot Pen Tennis  
Aug. 15-23, 2008

This US Open Series event immediately precedes the US Open at Yale University's Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven, about 75 miles northwest of New York City. The combined men's and women's singles and doubles tournament with $1.25 million in prize money is a good opportunity to see some of the pros up close, with ticket prices well below the cost of seats at Flushing Meadows.
Information: Pilot Pen Tennis , (888) 997-4568
 Forest Hills Women's Tennis Classic 
Aug. 19-24, 2008

This WTA singles tournament with about $75,000 in prize money is hosted each summer by the elegant old West Side Tennis Club in Queens, former site of the US Open.
Information: Forest Hills Women's Tennis Classic, (718) 268-2300


 


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