Originally Posted by tennisphan
I have been to 4 sessions so far this open, and here's the USTA's little secret....
THEY ARE SELLING WAY TO MANY GROUNDS PASSES.
I have been going to the open my whole life, and it has never been so overpopulated as this year. sometimes you have to wait several changeovers to gain admission to back courts, and when you do get in, good luck finding a seat.
Sure its great that tennis seams to be gaining popularity (not to mention PERFECT weather this whole open), but when your selling so many tickets, it DIMINISHES the experience for everyone.
If you going to have record attendance, know your crowd. The worst example was Thursday 11am. They had Guga vs. Robredo on court 11 (which was the most packed I have ever seen a back court), while there was a very low attended 'American' matches happening on both Armstrong and Grandstand (Dechy vs King (womens) & Brian Baker vs Malisse)
But, in fairness to the US Open, they offer all these passes but they don't expect to sell them all. If they sell out more often, I'm sure they'll re-think their ticketing structure. I think this is an unusual year because, as you said, the weather has been perfect so many people have been taking advantage.
Good point you make about knowing your crowd. I think many tournaments, not just the US Open, make these mistakes. It can be very annoying.