Fan Week will officially kick off the 2018 US Open, with a series of free, fun events stretching from the US Open’s home borough of Queens to Manhattan.
US Open Fan Week will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 26, at both the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens and the US Open Experience in Brookfield Place in Manhattan, prior to the start of US Open main-draw play, which begins Monday, Aug. 27. All events and activities during Fan Week are free and open to the public.
Headlining Fan Week is the 2018 US Open Qualifying Tournament, which features players ranked in the Top 250 in the world, giving fans the opportunity to watch world-class tennis at no cost.
In addition to Qualifying, here’s a closer look at the other events that will take place during Fan Week:
US Open Qualifying Tournament
When: Tuesday, Aug. 21, through Friday, Aug. 24
What: The qualifying tournament, which features 128-player fields for both the men and women and more than $3 million in prize money, awards the final 16 spots into both the men’s and women’s singles draws.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 26
What: Get a glimpse of the biggest stars on the practice courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as they prepare to compete for US Open glory. Stay tuned to USOpen.org, and check out the US Open mobile app and social media platforms, for practice schedules.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 21
What: NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel and fellow astronauts play the first-ever tennis match in space. While they play the greatest game in space, watch all their action on a 3D projection mapped on the iconic World's Fair Unisphere.
New Louis Armstrong Stadium Dedication
When: Wednesday, Aug. 22
What: The USTA will officially open the new Louis Armstrong Stadium with a dedication ceremony on "Queens Day" at the Open, which will feature USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams, four-time US Open champion John McEnroe and legendary jazz great Wynton Marsalis. Following the ceremony, McEnroe will be joined by his brother Patrick and by James Blake and Michael Chang for the honorary first match to be played in the new stadium.
When: Wednesday, Aug. 22, and Thursday, Aug. 23
What: Come get the immersive US Open experience in lower Manhattan at Brookfield Place, just off West Street, with two free days of tennis activities featuring a full-size tennis court, big screens, photo opportunities and more.
US Open Draw Unveiling
When: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2 p.m.
What: The official draws for the men’s and women’s singles competitions will be unveiled at the US Open Experience, with defending singles champions Sloane Stephens and Rafael Nadal expected to make appearances.
Watch the Legends Play
When: Friday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 26
What: On Friday, Aug. 24, former US Open champions Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova will be joined by Michael Chang and Jan Michael-Gambill, while on Sunday, Aug. 26, four US Open winners – Davenport, Navratilova, Tracy Austin and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario – will face off in the Grandstand.
US Open Media Day
What: Friday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
When: For the first time, US Open Media Day will be open to the public, giving fans the opportunity to hear some of tennis’ biggest names, including past US Open champions and rising stars, answer questions from media covering the US Open.
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day powered by Net Generation
What: Saturday, Aug. 25
When: The annual festival of tennis, music and fun, honoring the legacy of Arthur Ashe, will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with grounds entertainment all morning free and open to the public and a ticketed stadium show in the afternoon. Click here for more.
Doubles Clinic powered by Net Generation
What: Sunday, Aug. 26
When: The biggest doubles teams in the game, including Mike and Bob Bryan, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, will take to the court to give aspiring tennis players from the tri-state area tips and advice on how to raise their game to the next level. The event will be led by tennis expert Judy Murray.