The US Open is one of the most internationally diverse sporting events in the world, and its home since 1978 has been the equally eclectic borough of Queens in New York City. The tournament celebrated all the borough has to offer by hosting Queens Day on Wednesday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
A wide range of entertainment including games and performers were part of the all-day festival. Two youth tennis courts were stationed in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium so local kids could be introduced to the sport for a lifetime, while different local Queens musicians held concerts every hour. The Queens Museum offered an arts and crafts station for kids, while face painting and airbrush tattoos were also available.
Those who attended Queens Day were invited to watch the pros practice in Louis Armstrong Stadium and the new practice court pavilion, as well as watch the US Open qualifying matches around the grounds.
Elected Queens officials joined local civic and business leader to ceremonially launch a kiosk on the tournament site that will dispense information and tips on the best restaurant, shops and cultural attractions throughout the borough. The Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Tourism Council will provide volunteer staffers to assist fans throughout the tournament with any questions about how to utilize all Queens has to offer.
Fans don’t even need to venture outside Flushing for some of the best attractions in the city or to experience authentic New York moments. Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, is just minutes away from the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Nearby Lucia’s Pizza also offers some of the best slices in the city.