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Fan Week highlights 2017 US Open events and happenings

Fans wait for autographs following the Juan Martin del Potro-David Ferrer third-round match in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Fan Week will officially kick off the 2017 US Open the week of Aug. 21, with fun, free events stretching from the US Open’s home borough of Queens to Manhattan and beyond.

Headlining Fan Week is the 2017 US Open Qualifying Tournament, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 22. Qualifying is free and open to the public, featuring some of the world’s finest talent, up-and-coming players and a number of established veterans.

Qualifying is just one of a series of events the US Open hosts in addition to the main draw, which runs from Monday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 10. Here’s a closer look at some of the notable events and happenings for the grandest Slam in tennis.

Click here for the complete 2017 US Open tournament schedule.

FAN WEEK

US Open Qualifying Tournament

When: Tuesday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 25

What: The qualifying tournament, which features 128-player fields for both the men and women and nearly $3 million in prize money, awards the final 16 spots into both the men’s and women’s singles draws. It is free and open to the public.

Watch the Pros Practice

When: Tuesday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 27

What: In addition to those playing in the qualifying, some of the biggest names in the game descend on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center the week before the main draw begins to acclimate to the courts and get ready for their first-round matches.

2017 US Open Seeds

When: Wednesday, Aug. 23

What: The 32 seeds for both the men’s and women’s singles draws are announced. They follow the ATP World Tour and WTA rankings as of Monday, Aug. 21.

Queen’s Day

When: Wednesday, Aug. 23

What: A celebration of the US Open’s home borough, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The event is free and open to the public.

US Open Experience at the Seaport District NYC

When: Thursday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 25

What: Come get the immersive US Open experience in lower Manhattan, with booths, games, music and more, plus an introduction to Net Generation, the USTA’s new platform that is making it easier for kids and teens to get into tennis.

US Open Draw Ceremony

When: Friday, Aug. 25

What: The official draws for the men’s and women’s singles competitions will be unveiled at the US Open Experience at South Street Seaport.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Powered by Net Generation

When: Saturday, Aug. 26

What: The annual celebration of tennis and families will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with grounds entertainment all morning open and free to the public and a ticketed stadium show in the afternoon. Click here for more.

Leslie Odom Jr. performs the National Anthem during the Opening Night Ceremony at the 2016 US Open.

2017 US OPEN MAIN DRAWS

Opening Night Ceremony

When: Monday, Aug. 28

What: The Opening Night Ceremony, featuring Shania Twain, will officially kick off the 2017 US Open and the 20th anniversary celebration of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tickets to the evening session in Arthur Ashe Stadium are required to see the ceremony in-person.

US Open Junior Championships

When: Sunday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 10

What: See future US Open champions compete as the world’s best 18-and-unders face off in boys’ and girls’ singles and doubles. Past champions include Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Victoria Azarenka and Lindsay Davenport.

Military Appreciation Day

When: Monday, Sept. 4

What: The US Open celebrates and honors those who have served.

US Open Champions Invitational

When: Wednesday, Sept. 6, through Saturday, Sept. 9

What: The Champions Invitational features some of the sport’s greatest players, with 16 past Grand Slam tournament champions and finalists facing off in doubles competition. Recent competitors include John and Patrick McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Joe Fernandez, Michael Chang and Tracy Austin.

US Open Wheelchair Competition

When: Thursday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 10

What: The finest wheelchair athletes in the world face off for the 2017 US Open Wheelchair Competition titles, with play in singles and doubles in the men’s, women’s and quad divisions.

American Collegiate Invitational

When: Thursday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 9

What: Sixteen of the top American collegiate players (eight men, eight women) will shine a spotlight on college tennis by competing for the title at this annual event.

US Open Community Day

When: Thursday, Sept. 7

What: Entry is free and open to the public to attend the day’s play, with junior, wheelchair, collegiate and doubles action on the field courts throughout the grounds. A ticket is needed for the evening session in Arthur Ashe Stadium (women’s semifinals). Click here for more.

September 8, 2016 - Fans enjoy the music performed by The Rhythm Dogs during Community Day at the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.