Just in case you needed any convincing to visit US Open 2014 here are five compelling reasons:
- Opportunity to see history being made:
While all tennis majors are a potential stage for some kind of a record breaking initiative, this year’s US Open is uniquely positioned for two momentous records. Roger Federer at 33 is enjoying his best form in some time (runner-up at Wimbledon and winner at Cincinnati) and has come to New York as a favorite. A win will mean his sixth US Open, the highest in the Open-era, and his 18th Grand Slam title. While we want to see Roger play for as long as possible, this year’s championship is probably his last realistic chance to add one more major to his career. In the women’s draw the 32 year old Serena Williams, after a somewhat indifferent year, comes in as the favorite riding on her win at Cincinnati. The US Open 2014 title would be her 18th tennis major tying her with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, two of the biggest legends of the game. With the women’s game seeing a revival with new talent emerging like Bouchard and old foes holding steady (read Sharapova), this might be Serena’s best opportunity to go for the record.
- Coming of age of the next generation:
Men’s tennis, dominated so long by the big-four, has finally started seeing some real competition. While Wawrinka took the Australian Open this year, the 29 year old contemporary of Federer –Nadal –Djokovic – Murray has been a top-ranked player for years. It is the emergence of Raonic and Dimitrov, both of whom made the Wimbledon Semifinal this year that has perked people’s attention. Add to this exciting new talent like the Australian Nick Kyrgios, who knocked out Nadal at Wimbledon, and we could be on the verge of a shift to the new guard.
- Tennis meets fashion:
The US Open has always been the most “fashionable” of the tennis majors. From Maria Sharapova’s US Open 2006 black dress in which she won the championship to Serena William’s leopard print dress at this year’s edition, there has always been something beyond the ordinary here. With everyone from Ralph Lauren and H&M to Nike, Adidas and Uniqlo upping the ante, watch out for some bold fashion statements at US Open 2014!
- New viewing area for fans:
While a roof over the Arthur Ashe Stadium and a new Louis Armstrong Stadium are still a few years off, visitors at US Open 2014 can enjoy the new viewing area around courts 4, 5 and 6. There is low seating all around and walkways between each court. There is also the option of going a level up to a long viewing platform which would allow you to watch the action on courts 4, 5 and 6 as well as on the practice courts.
- Interesting food options:
The US Open has some of the most varied food offering of any major sports event. The organizers even took out a food truck from August 11th to 13th, to give people free samples of the menu at this year’s event. From celebrity chef inspired fare (Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia and Masaharu Morimoto) to Food Village favorites, there is something for everyone at US Open 2014.
You can learn more about planning a trip to the event through our US Open page. Also refer to our New York page for more insights about the city. Register on the Eventraveler website to stay updated on your favorite events, get customized event recommendations and to share your experiences.
Experience events live with eventraveler.com.