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enqvistfan
06-04-2004, 06:22 PM
Hello,

I'd like to go to the US OPEN and I'm looking for people who have ever been there.

Is it easy to see the players practrice ?
Do you know a cheap hotel close to the stadium ?
Is it possible to buy tickets the day of the match ?

Well, any informations would be great.

You can send me a private email if you wish.

Thanks a lot in advance for the persons who would answer me.

Valérie

Ballbuster
06-04-2004, 08:30 PM
Hello,

I'd like to go to the US OPEN and I'm looking for people who have ever been there.

Do you know a cheap hotel close to the stadium ?



well, it would be cheaper to just sleep on the sidewalk

Chloe le Bopper
06-04-2004, 08:35 PM
Is it easy to see the players practrice ?

It depends where they practice. There are open practice courts that you can just walk up to and watch them practice on. There are also some that are covered, but if you stand at the top of court 4 you can view from up there. Last year caught almost everybody I was looking for practicing at some point or another.

Do you know a cheap hotel close to the stadium ?

The Comfort Inn in Flushing NY is a ten minute walk from the park. I stayed there last year, and it was just fine. Clean, nice staff, located in a safe area. I would recommend it.

If a hotel is too expensive, you should check ou the Flushing YMCA for a room. It's up the street from the comfort in, and cheaper than a proper hotel, but just as secure.

Is it possible to buy tickets the day of the match ?

Sure, but show up early just in case. If you don't love one of the top americans, don't waste your money on nosebleed seats in Ashe. Groundspasses are the way to go.

timbo31388
06-05-2004, 12:16 AM
I have been to the US Open it is very easy to see players on practice courts. I got Andy Roddick's autograph while he was on practice court. Some people are hard to find b/c they dont want crowds to watch them practice.

Hurley
06-05-2004, 04:35 AM
It is very easy to get tickets the day of. I get there very late in the day and I have never once had a problem getting in.

CmonAussie
06-05-2004, 06:50 AM
You're better off buying a ticket to Down Under~ come & see the AUS Open in January; ground-pass tickets (inlclude Vodafone Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Showcourt-1 etc..) only $25 Aus ($16 US). The big stars walk straight past you & minimal security required because it's a peaceful atmosphere^ I've seen V Williams, Moya, Rafter, Nalbandian, Federer walk within a metre or so & they seem happy to practice on the outside courts & sign for fans. Also atmosphere is awesome because lots of European backpackers in January (as Northern Hemisphere winter); the Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, British & of course Aussie fans paint their faces & shirts off singing songs to encourage favourite players. The main stadium is only 15-minutes walk from city's CBD, or you can take tram if you prefer.. Definitely one of the best spectator sports events in the World (but I'm biased@@)! Cheers.

enqvistfan
06-05-2004, 06:58 AM
Thanks a lot Rebecca, Timbo, Hurley, and cmonaussie for your comments and tips. Rebecca, I totally agree with you regarding the groundpasses, each year I go to Roland-Garros and each year I buy groundpasses as I'm not a fan of the French players and I can see everyone very close. If I go the US OPEN, I would do the same cause my favourites are not american (even if I have nothing against them). My dream is to go someday at the Aussie Open, but at the moment, it is to expensive for Europeans, I heard that the atmosphere was great etc.. (like Cmon aussie said). I hope someday, I'll be able to go there, but I'd also to visit Australia so...

Hurley
06-05-2004, 07:00 AM
If you just need grounds passes, you'll have no trouble. But they're very expensive these days...sometimes it's actually cheaper to buy nosebleed Ashe seats, and just never go in!

I remember the days where grounds passes used to be 20 dollars... :sad:

enqvistfan
06-05-2004, 07:02 AM
If you just need grounds passes, you'll have no trouble. But they're very expensive these days...sometimes it's actually cheaper to buy nosebleed Ashe seats, and just never go in!

I remember the days where grounds passes used to be 20 dollars... :sad:

Ground passes in Roland-Garros this year were at 18 Euros !! I'll check on the usopen website.

Action Jackson
06-05-2004, 07:09 AM
You're better off buying a ticket to Down Under~ come & see the AUS Open in January; ground-pass tickets (inlclude Vodafone Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Showcourt-1 etc..) only $25 Aus ($16 US).

The big stars walk straight past you & minimal security required because it's a peaceful atmosphere^ I've seen V Williams, Moya, Rafter, Nalbandian, Federer walk within a metre or so & they seem happy to practice on the outside courts & sign for fans.

Also atmosphere is awesome because lots of European backpackers in January (as Northern Hemisphere winter); the Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, British & of course Aussie fans paint their faces & shirts off singing songs to encourage favourite players. The main stadium is only 15-minutes walk from city's CBD, or you can take tram if you prefer.. Definitely one of the best spectator sports events in the World (but I'm biased@@)! Cheers.

That is probably your best ever posts and by the way are you Paul McNamee's son?

CmonAussie
06-05-2004, 12:47 PM
That is probably your best ever posts and by the way are you Paul McNamee's son?
:wavey: :)
Thanks George_>> seems like you're agreeing with me more recently; mayble we'll become mates someday :cool: ! See you at AO 05? ;)

BTW~ no I'm not McNamee's son, actually I'm just a simple guy growing up in the suburbs; BUT recently my title became 'Rocky Llegs Propaganda Minister'!! :p

soeren
07-10-2006, 02:39 PM
Hi,

I will be in NYC in the time of the US Open. I don't know yet when exactly I will have time to go to the tournament, but I really would like to. Probably I will have the opportunity on about 2 days in the first week and on about 3 days in the second, depends on other issues.

Is it possible to get tickets just on the day when you want to go? Or do I have to pay a high price to the touts then?

I hope some forum members have some experience with going to the tournament and could give me some advice. I would be very thankful.

R.Federer
07-10-2006, 02:48 PM
Hi,

I will be in NYC in the time of the US Open. I don't know yet when exactly I will have time to go to the tournament, but I really would like to. Probably I will have the opportunity on about 2 days in the first week and on about 3 days in the second, depends on other issues.

Is it possible to get tickets just on the day when you want to go? Or do I have to pay a high price to the touts then?

I hope some forum members have some experience with going to the tournament and could give me some advice. I would be very thankful.On the very first few days, you can buy them easily on site for $20 (all courts)
There are no touts in the area, btw. Perhaps in the city there are but at Flushing itself there is considerably security and no one seems to approach anyone else with tickets

Also, last minute "special" deals on tickets are not uncommon if there has been weather related rescheduling and empty stadiums are feared. We got tickets for $10 (yes $10!!!!) for the famous capriati-JHH semi final which went beyond midnight

SaFed2005
07-10-2006, 05:09 PM
I was actually wondering around how much the finals tickets would/should cost? I found a few on ebay around a 100 bucks but is that overpaying?

Pigpen Stinks
07-10-2006, 05:20 PM
I was actually wondering around how much the finals tickets would/should cost? I found a few on ebay around a 100 bucks but is that overpaying?

All depends on where the seat is. I would suspect for $100 it is deep in the nosebleeds. Although, I think NY is one of the states where you're not allowed to mark up on the face value of a ticket by more than like 10% on EBay, so you may find some relative bargains. Sellers sometimes get around this by making the tickets part of a "package" that may include hotel and other amenities that then allow them to jack the price up.

SaFed2005
07-10-2006, 05:48 PM
thanks

R.Federer
07-10-2006, 05:53 PM
I was actually wondering around how much the finals tickets would/should cost? I found a few on ebay around a 100 bucks but is that overpaying?
I paid $100 for seats in the bleachers for men's semifinals, 2003, 2004 and 2005 (ticket price remained $100 each of those years)
Even the worst seat for the final was no less than $150

BTW-- there is no reason to go through ebay, since they seem to be offering the same price as the official ticket sellers, and the official ticket sellers are bonafide genuine and you won't have to worry

soeren
07-10-2006, 09:45 PM
Thanks R.Federer for your reply! :worship:

So I guess I will see a few games! :D

NicoFan
07-10-2006, 09:52 PM
I never understand why people just want to go for the final. :shrug:

Its sooo much better going the first week - and yes, its easy to get grounds passes for those days. You see everyone! Playing, practicing.

I always go from the first Monday to the second Monday, and its the best 8 days of my life. Plus I will go the previous week for qualifying, and definitely the Saturday and Sunday before because you see all the guys practicing - great time to get pictures.

SaFed2005
07-11-2006, 01:57 AM
I never understand why people just want to go for the final. :shrug:

Its sooo much better going the first week - and yes, its easy to get grounds passes for those days. You see everyone! Playing, practicing.

I always go from the first Monday to the second Monday, and its the best 8 days of my life. Plus I will go the previous week for qualifying, and definitely the Saturday and Sunday before because you see all the guys practicing - great time to get pictures.

No I don't just want to go for the finals.. I have always gone in the early stages but I've never went there for a final before. I live a 20 minutes walk from the stadium... I even go to watch the qualifiers... hey they;re free and there are some good upcoming players there at times... for example murray was there last year...

Fee
07-11-2006, 03:38 AM
DO NOT wait to buy tickets on site on the first Monday. If you know you are going, buy them and print them online on Sunday night. The ticket line on Monday last summer was over 2 hours long.

RachBabe17
08-19-2006, 11:57 PM
So I'm living in NYC for the first time during the US Open so naturally I'm hoping to go for a day. Most likely I would be going to one of the first three days. My question is do I need to buy advance tickets or is it possible to go that morning and get a ground pass?
:confused:

NicoFan
08-20-2006, 12:03 AM
For the first week you'll have no problems just walking up to the ticket window and getting a grounds pass (you'll be able to get into all courts except AA).

Have a great time! :yeah:

Its the most wonderful time of the year. :)

NicoFan
08-20-2006, 12:06 AM
Also since you live in NYC, you should consider going the first weekend before actual play starts - AA Kids Day (Saturday) and Practice Day (Sunday). They are free, and you'll get to see the guys all practicing. They are actually my favorite days - well, AA Kids Days is a pain until the kids go into AA in the afternoon :lol: , but once they are in AA, its wonderful watching the guys practice on the outer courts.

IDJ49
08-20-2006, 12:19 AM
You can actually start going on Tuesday the 22nd for free to watch the players practice and to watch qualifying matches.

NicoFan
08-20-2006, 12:21 AM
You can actually start going on Tuesday the 22nd for free to watch the players practice and to watch qualifying matches.

True. :)

And with less people (and subsequently headaches :lol: ) than on Saturday and Sunday.

I think Thursday and Friday would be the best days. Most of the guys will have arrived and are practicing by then. Plus the qualifying matches too.

Tzar
05-31-2007, 06:41 PM
Hotel 3 or 4 stars near in manhattan or time squares between 200 and 300 dollas!!!

because im going to the US OPEN!

El Legenda
05-31-2007, 06:42 PM
Hotel 3 or 4 stars near in manhattan or time squares between 200 and 300 dollas!!!

because im going to the US OPEN!

good luck

http://www.hotels.com/processSearch.do?allPropertyTypesSelected=true&usertypedcity=&destination=572b0850-4e3f-469b-87b2-c17ed3ea049b%7Ca66e6407-6e58-477e-9e55-6473f6307e27%7CNew+York%2C+NY%2C+USA%7C1&inout=&CIMonth=9&CIDay=27&CIYear=2007&COMonth=10&CODay=4&COYear=2007&dateless=&numrooms=1&adults%5B0%5D=2&child%5B0%5D=0

Tzar
05-31-2007, 06:47 PM
i found this broadway hotel :)

all hotels are really expensive, and i cant afford more than 300 dollars per night because ill be there 15 days

El Legenda
05-31-2007, 06:49 PM
http://www.hotels.com/processSearch.do?destination=572b0850-4e3f-469b-87b2-c17ed3ea049b%7Ca66e6407-6e58-477e-9e55-6473f6307e27%7CNew+York%2C+NY%2C+USA%7C1&paging=1&sortBy=PRICE&searchID=AC102645-7F45-D911-2E32-556D809053CC&searchMtmPropertySupplierId=&addressID=&searchType=&usertypedcity=&chooseAlternateDestination=false&propertyIdsToCompareString=&mtnHotelID=&numrooms=1&roomOccupancyString=1%7C%7C2%7C0%7C0&hotelName=&priceRangeKey=4&allPropertyTypesSelected=on&pageNumber=1&numProperties=25&inout=&CIMonth=9&CIDay=27&CIYear=2007&COMonth=10&CODay=4&COYear=2007

NicoFan
05-31-2007, 06:49 PM
Hotel 3 or 4 stars near in manhattan or time squares between 200 and 300 dollas!!!

because im going to the US OPEN!


Good luck...that will be difficult. At times during the year, hotels are about $400 + per night in Manhattan. During the holidays, at one point, it was like around $800 for a regular room per night.

There's a La Quinta hotel in Queens right on the #7 line - don't know how good it is but La Quinta's tend to be fairly decent. And it's about $175 a night.

Mistaflava
05-31-2007, 06:51 PM
tell them you're a groupie and you'll get a discount

mangoes
05-31-2007, 06:55 PM
Hotel 3 or 4 stars near in manhattan or time squares between 200 and 300 dollas!!!

because im going to the US OPEN!

That's not going to happen. Look for a hotel in Queens and also check out the hotels located around LaGuardia airport......I don't know those prices, but you may get lucky with the rate.......and those hotels are practically a stone's throw to the US Open.

RickDaStick
05-31-2007, 07:53 PM
stay a little further out and take a train ride in. Much cheaper. Also why are you staying 15 days? Nalby will only be there for 1.

tennisace
05-31-2007, 08:54 PM
Not very expensive and not luxurious, but clean and in a nice section of Manhattan, plus very close to Grand Central. Friends of mine stayed there last fall and I met up with them so saw their room. They had a suite with kitchenette.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-hotel-339449-murray_hill_east_hotel-i

NicoFan
05-31-2007, 08:59 PM
Not very expensive and not luxurious, but clean and in a nice section of Manhattan, plus very close to Grand Central. Friends of mine stayed there last fall and I met up with them so saw their room. They had a suite with kitchenette.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-hotel-339449-murray_hill_east_hotel-i

That is an excellent part of the City - and yes, easy to get to the #7 train too.

Burrow
05-31-2007, 09:20 PM
300 dollar a night? holy shit

tennisace
05-31-2007, 09:21 PM
Hey Nicofan :wavey:

We're actually going to stay there when hubby runs the NYC marathon. He has to go down a day earlier then Jake and me to register, plus it's really close to Bryant Park which is where you get the buses to the starting line. I also can't see wasting nice hotel room on him. Added bonus is that with suite there is a sofa bed in living room so no need to have kid sleep in the same room as us.

jayjay
06-01-2007, 12:19 PM
Also why are you staying 15 days? Nalby will only be there for 1.

An Ivan Ljubicic fan attempting to make a joke about another player's Slam success. Priceless.

asuwrestler
02-18-2009, 03:35 AM
I am going to stay at the W in Lexington anybody, know about this hotel, is it a good location for going back and forth to Flushing Medows, also for all of you have gone is the best deal just to get the "2008 Ashe Stadium Seating Prices" tickets so i can go to any court when I am there?

JimmyV
02-18-2009, 03:38 AM
I go to the US Open every year, and in my experience a grounds pass is all you really need. A grounds pass is only 40 bucks and it allows you entry to every court besides Ashe. Unless your going to drop a ton to get really good Ashe seats, I don't think it's worth it.

dusk
02-18-2009, 03:40 AM
You're wasting so much money, first on W, then on seating tickets.

asuwrestler
02-18-2009, 03:46 AM
Well we want to stay in Manhattan where do you recommend? Hey jimmy if when i get there and want to get into ashe stadium will seats be available for the night sessions

JimmyV
02-18-2009, 03:56 AM
It depends. The night session is a separate ticket from the day session. Usually they sell out really fast beforehand, but every night they hold a certain amount of night session tickets that they sell on site. The have a varied amount of seats, some are pretty decent, but it's first come first serve and depends on if you want to pay for whatever is left.

There's also usually lots of scalpers around outside the site selling tickets, you can sometimes grab a good deal there.

Honestly, if I were gonna do a night session, I'd want good seats and I'd buy them beforehand. I did go one night though with a friend just for the hell of it to see what was available, and I got seats like 8-10 rows back for the Blake-Santoro night match for like 180 or 200 bucks, so it's really up to you.

Snoo Foo
02-18-2009, 04:05 AM
If it's within your budget then I say stay there, I've never been inside (I don't think) but it's only a few blocks from Grand Central and there you can catch the 7 train which is the train to the tennis center. :shrug: There isn't a whole lot to do around there at night (I mean, relatively speaking, it's Manhattan after all) but if you spend all day at the tennis center you prolly won't feel like you need to go out at night afterwards, and even if you do you're still in a fairly central location for going somewhere else.

Personally I think a grounds pass is really all you need but it depends when you're going, etc. If you're going during 1st week I really wouldn't mess with an Ashe ticket, unless you have super awesome seats, cuz there's so much action on the outer courts and you can get really close. If you're going during the 2d week, there's much less going on on the outer courts, unless you really love doubles or juniors. Even when I have a ticket to Ashe I almost never spend any time in there cuz it's just not as much fun, I'd rather be walking around scoping out all the action. But if you don't like any players outside the top 10, you're better off getting Ashe tickets cuz Roger/Rafa/the Williamses/Roddick/Blake/Ivanovic will most likely be in Arthur Ashe.

As for Ashe night session tickets, I don't usually go to Ashe night session unless somebody has an extra ticket (don't get me wrong, it's super fun, but I don't really go out of my way for it, and there's usually something equally appealing if not moreso at Louis Armstrong).

asuwrestler
02-18-2009, 04:09 AM
What is a nice hotel in Manhattan that is not so damm expensive??? or is there even such a thing

Snoo Foo
02-18-2009, 04:17 AM
What is a nice hotel in Manhattan that is not so damm expensive??? or is there even such a thing

:scratch: um... not really. and even the expensive ones are not necessarily nice. Maybe with the economy in the toilet some places will start slashing rates to try to lure visitors :shrug:

TMJordan
02-18-2009, 04:19 AM
What exactly do you mean by "nice"?

Fee
02-18-2009, 04:22 AM
I am going to stay at the W in Lexington anybody, know about this hotel, is it a good location for going back and forth to Flushing Medows, also for all of you have gone is the best deal just to get the "2008 Ashe Stadium Seating Prices" tickets so i can go to any court when I am there?

I stayed at the W on Lexington when I went to the USO in 2005. The rooms are tiny. Teeny tiny, but in year's past its been the official ATP hotel so you might run into a lot of players and coaches. It is grossly overpriced, BUT it's in a very good location to hop on the subway to get to and from Flushing every day.

If you want to find other hotels in the area (including some that don't charge $15 per day for a wireless connection) here's trick. Go to google maps and put the address of the W in and bring it up on the map, then do a search for local businesses nearby and search for hotels. That should bring up pages of them. If I remember correctly, there is a Doubletree hotel nearby and that is more reasonable (and I think the wireless is free there).

Good luck. :)

asuwrestler
02-18-2009, 04:31 AM
Is that the Double Tree in time square or lexington

Fee
02-18-2009, 04:38 AM
Lexington, or very nearby it.

amirbachar
03-27-2009, 08:48 PM
I am going to the US Open this year for the first time.
I saw a picture of Arthur Ashe Stadium:
http://www.usopen.org/Tickets/~/media/B88212AF961C480BA2A31341620DFB75.ashx
I want to know what are the prices for each level.
1. Is it even possible to buy ticket for the loge? They said on the phone that tourists can only buy tickets for the promenade.
2. If I buy tickets for Arthur Ashe, can I enter Armstrong court and the other courts?
3.Is there a spacial deal for tourists?

Thanks for you help :)

Hyde'
03-28-2009, 10:35 PM
Can't believe nobody helps this guy.

I can answer only what I know.

1. You can buy the box but it's f**king expensive though and sometimes it comes in package for all rounds.
2. If you buy Arthur Ashe, you can enter Arthur Ashe + ground courts. If you buy Armstrong, you can enter Armstrong + ground courts.
3. No idea.

clever1980
03-28-2009, 11:16 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=135366

DorianGray7
08-19-2009, 12:34 PM
I've decided to go visit several friends in NYC on the weekend of the US Open and a law school friend of mine decided we should go and try to get ticket to watch either the semi-finals or finals of the US Open.

Given that we're both in our early 20s, we figured its now or never to get to actually watch Roger Federer in person.

This is my first ticket purchase ever at a Tennis tournament and I hope not to dish out $350 for a single ticket. What is the best way to purchase and get good deals?

Collective
08-19-2009, 12:46 PM
Semis or final? 350 would be an awesome deal.

Sapeod
08-19-2009, 01:24 PM
Cheapest way? Steal them.

betowiec
08-19-2009, 02:36 PM
I've decided to go visit several friends in NYC on the weekend of the US Open and a law school friend of mine decided we should go and try to get ticket to watch either the semi-finals or finals of the US Open.

Given that we're both in our early 20s, we figured its now or never to get to actually watch Roger Federer in person.

This is my first ticket purchase ever at a Tennis tournament and I hope not to dish out $350 for a single ticket. What is the best way to purchase and get good deals?

first of all, no guarantees fed will still be in ny during the final weekend...
2nd of all, good deal for the SF or F........(not great seats at that price, check ebay and craiglist)

SERVivor
08-19-2009, 05:16 PM
Why don't you just go to an early round match, that way you're virtually guaranteed to see Fed. There may still be seats for the early rounds night matches. I know there are still tickets for the day sessions in the early rounds. The grounds pass is the best deal, but you don't get to see matches at Arthur Ashe, but you get to sit where you want on Armstrong, Grandstand, etc. and can see top 10 players.

Snoo Foo
08-19-2009, 05:43 PM
Given that we're both in our early 20s, we figured its now or never to get to actually watch Roger Federer in person.

:scratch: do you plan to die young?

DorianGray7
08-19-2009, 08:00 PM
No,

But Federer is 28 which is old. He only has 1 or 2 more years of Tennis dominance before he becomes a "has-been" and Murray/Del Portro or Nadal stomps him regularly.

Action Jackson
12-22-2009, 12:26 PM
This is a thread for general advice about tournaments as a fan. Hopefully posters here can give some good advice for fellow fans, stuff like how to get there and other general advice.

Australian Open

Instead of lining up on the day to buy ground passes for the day. These can be bought online or if you are in Melbourne before the event, visit the ticket outlets (Ticketeck) and buy them then. When the cattle lines up on the Monday, you will already have your ticket so less time to wait.

Gates open at 10am when play starts at 11am, usually there are plenty of players training. Tickets for Rod Laver can go anywhere besides Hisense Arena and vice versa.

Qualies are free and also the trams to the tennis centre are free during the tournament as long as you have a ticket.

Food of course is overpriced at the venue. But there is a 24hr supermarket in the city centre which is around 50m from a tram stop to the tennis, which is just outside the main train station at Flinders St.

It can be any event a Slam, TMS, IS, ISG or whatever.

mr_burns
12-22-2009, 03:07 PM
good idea...

But I will add mine in time for the tournaments

JolánGagó
12-22-2009, 03:52 PM
excellent idea, thank you :yeah:

can you get in the venue with a small bag with some food/drinks?

Xristos
12-22-2009, 04:52 PM
This is a thread for general advice about tournaments as a fan. Hopefully posters here can give some good advice for fellow fans, stuff like how to get there and other general advice.

Australian Open

Instead of lining up on the day to buy ground passes for the day. These can be bought online or if you are in Melbourne before the event, visit the ticket outlets (Ticketeck) and buy them then. When the cattle lines up on the Monday, you will already have your ticket so less time to wait.

Gates open at 10am when play starts at 11am, usually there are plenty of players training. Tickets for Rod Laver can go anywhere besides Hisense Arena and vice versa.

Qualies are free and also the trams to the tennis centre are free during the tournament as long as you have a ticket.

Food of course is overpriced at the venue. But there is a 24hr supermarket in the city centre which is around 50m from a tram stop to the tennis, which is just outside the main train station at Flinders St.

It can be any event a Slam, TMS, IS, ISG or whatever.I shall see you again soon my man.

Action Jackson
12-22-2009, 10:49 PM
excellent idea, thank you :yeah:

can you get in the venue with a small bag with some food/drinks?

They don't allow cans, but you can have water in plastic bottles or Powerade/Gatorade and then fill up at the various water stations.

Yes, they are fine with some foodstuffs like fruit and if you have some sandwiches in the resealable bags, never had a problem with getting them into the venue.

Nidhogg
12-22-2009, 11:20 PM
Good thread, man. I might put up some tips & tricks for Stockholm later on. One thing I can say now is that the practice courts are very accessible, and it's easy to check the schedule of when the players practice. It's quite an experience to see the royal shoulder turn of Hernandez up close.

Action Jackson
12-22-2009, 11:31 PM
Båstad

For those who go there. It's a very small town and it gets very packed during the week of the Swedish Open, so accommodation can be hard to find as many places fill quickly. This mixed in with a lot of rich Stockholmers who come down to their summer houses. The youth hostel is quite close to the action and clean.

Tickets are reasonably priced considering where you are and what time of the year it is.

As for getting there it depends on where you are coming from. If coming from mainland Europe, then it's about 90 minutes by train from Copenhagen airport. The station is about 2km from the town and pretty much everything happens in the small centre of Båstad.

Quite a few good parties, the place is right on the beach and yes it gets windy.

ozfan44
12-24-2009, 07:02 AM
Awesome thread :worship:

Aussie Open, definately taking a water bottle with you is a must as well as a hat and suncream! Unless you have a decent size bank account and can afford the over the top pricing!! It is also walking distance to the cbd if you dont feel like squashing in like sardines on the tram during peak periods!!

Horatio Caine
12-25-2009, 09:38 AM
I very much like this idea AJ, but I had a vision of creating a small sub-forum where we could list each tour event and a few of the big challengers and people contribute in any tournament thread they choose?

Considering how well members' blogs (from tournaments) are received on here, I think this would be an excellent addition to the forum. I'd love to read a handful of contributions on various events, featuring advice for visiting, local places of interest and photos from the event/places of interest nearby. I'm sure there are hundreds/thousands more who would love to read this sort of info as well.

We could almost be creating a travel brochure for the tour, and it's a project I'd like to contribute to in the future.

Horatio Caine
12-25-2009, 09:41 AM
Now, to keep my answer to the thread topic...loving the contributions on the AO. Yet to go (even to Australia), but hoping to make it within the next 3 years. :D

Action Jackson
12-25-2009, 10:55 AM
Now, to keep my answer to the thread topic...loving the contributions on the AO. Yet to go (even to Australia), but hoping to make it within the next 3 years. :D

You should go to Båstad.

Horatio Caine
12-25-2009, 11:34 AM
You should go to Båstad.

:lol: Yeah, I have heard that the sights are rather good...and I'm not just talking about land and architecture.

I'm most interested in seeing parts of USA/Canada, South America and Australia/New Zealand...pretty sick of Europe now. I'd consider most tournament venues in these parts.

Action Jackson
12-25-2009, 11:40 AM
:lol: Yeah, I have heard that the sights are rather good...and I'm not just talking about land and architecture.

I'm most interested in seeing parts of USA/Canada, South America and Australia/New Zealand...pretty sick of Europe now. I'd consider most tournament venues in these parts.

I mean Umag I think the surface is changing and Kitzi is gone, which means two of the best party places on tour are on the way out.

The Argentines here should be able to tell you about Copa Telmex. Though the event will suck if it's on hardcourt. The club where they hold it is in the north of the city, so no you aren't in La Boca.

Horatio Caine
12-25-2009, 11:50 AM
I mean Umag I think the surface is changing and Kitzi is gone, which means two of the best party places on tour are on the way out.

Well, you still have Sauipe, right? :p

The Argentines here should be able to tell you about Copa Telmex. Though the event will suck if it's on hardcourt. The club where they hold it is in the north of the city, so no you aren't in La Boca.

Yeah, that's why a subforum would be good. :)

My only concern with this thread is that we rack up 10, 20, 30 pages of posts, and the information just gets tangled. :sad:

Acapulco and Buenos Aires would be top of my list for South America...and obviously it would be good to see some tennis there.

As for Australia, I'd love to see Sydney and Melbourne (and some tennis). My tennis-related dream is to sit through a night session at the AO and US Open.

Action Jackson
12-25-2009, 11:58 AM
I will put the relevant info in the first post from the various links. Costa da Sauipe is a joke, a rich mans resort owned by a bank that has no crowds.

Action Jackson
01-07-2010, 10:28 PM
Beer is overpriced at the venue as well, if you are into that sort of thing and naturally it's sold in a plastic cup, unless you are one of the corporate wankers that go there just to be seen.

star
01-07-2010, 10:34 PM
:lol: Yeah, I have heard that the sights are rather good...and I'm not just talking about land and architecture.

I'm most interested in seeing parts of USA/Canada, South America and Australia/New Zealand...pretty sick of Europe now. I'd consider most tournament venues in these parts.

If you're going to Acapulco, you can just come farther north and go to IW. :) :)


Deserts and mountains. Not much night life. I can tell you where a lot of the S.A. players go to eat though.

Action Jackson
01-07-2010, 10:39 PM
For those that are going to Sydney and not sure many are. The venue is out in the Olympic area. If not driving and using public transport go to Lidcombe by train and then change for a train that runs to Olympic Park. Get off there and it's a 5-10 min walk down to the tennis centre.

Better off getting your food before you leave, as there aren't many eating facilities around there and the ones that are overpriced.

Stelle
01-08-2010, 11:24 AM
I am going to the AO in the first week bu not on the monday, i really want to see Ernests Gulbis (but he might be playing on the monday) is it possible to go in on the Sunday and have a look at players practing/training? Thanks

TIPS
I would suggest taking a made lunch and water bottles to the AO cos it gets extremely hot and the food is extremely over priced - it also saves you running around during important points
Get Hisense Arena tickets (my tennis coach suggests) cos its half the price and you see more matches especially if you are going in the first week when Federer/Nadal pretty much ease through the rounds

Stuart Fraser
01-08-2010, 12:01 PM
Defo go to AO Qualies if you can. Starts on Wednesday and finishes on Saturday with free entry. Some quality matches from players gutsing it out for a place in the main draw and you will also get to see some of the bigger players practicing on the outside courts. Make sure you take plenty food & drink with you though as there aren't many food outlets open during qualies.

Action Jackson
01-08-2010, 12:10 PM
I answered this before Stelle, no it's not open to the public on Sunday before the event.

.-Federers_Mate-.
01-08-2010, 12:47 PM
At the aussie open last year the top players like Djokovic,Fed and Nadal practised on court 4 and 18 i think. Also if a player is playing on mageret court arena for a night match..the player would practice an hour before on a nearby court (this is just my experience from gonzo vs gasquet last year, where both practiced on nearby courts just before the match. So if you want to get auto graphs,photos etc of these players.. hang around courts near MCA an hour before their match starts (i may be completely wrong)

Get Hisence arena tickets as it allows you to see players such as roddick aswel as access to the out side courts.

if you have rubbish seats on RLA..u can change them to better seats at the ticket office inside RLA (same applies for hi sense)

if you are staying around federation square..it is only a 10 min walk to RLA.

Stelle
01-08-2010, 11:19 PM
At the aussie open last year the top players like Djokovic,Fed and Nadal practised on court 4 and 18 i think. Also if a player is playing on mageret court arena for a night match..the player would practice an hour before on a nearby court (this is just my experience from gonzo vs gasquet last year, where both practiced on nearby courts just before the match. So if you want to get auto graphs,photos etc of these players.. hang around courts near MCA an hour before their match starts (i may be completely wrong)



Thanks for the tips! So, what do you suggest i do to see Gulbis - just get a grounds pass if he is blyaying that day? His ranking is 90 so he will probably be versing top 10 player? I will never get to see him :(

.-Federers_Mate-.
01-08-2010, 11:27 PM
Thanks for the tips! So, what do you suggest i do to see Gulbis - just get a grounds pass if he is blyaying that day? His ranking is 90 so he will probably be versing top 10 player? I will never get to see him :(

i suggest getting a hisense pass for the 1st two days and you will definately see him :). If hes playing a big name..you might have to fork out the extra $60 ( RLA arena tickets wont have sold out, i dont think). If hes on an outside court like show court2..and you don't want to buy hisense tickets..well ground pass tickets should be enough..bear in mind he might be playing after 5 (check the days OOP) in that case you have to buy an after 5 ground pass which costs $20. (hope this helps)

moon language
01-09-2010, 12:22 AM
Anyone have tips on the best place to stay for the Sony Ericsson in Miami? I've never been for the tournament and I'm considering going this year. Price doesn't matter.

tealeaves
01-09-2010, 01:34 AM
Advice for Wimby please :)

Stelle
01-09-2010, 02:00 AM
i suggest getting a hisense pass for the 1st two days and you will definately see him :). If hes playing a big name..you might have to fork out the extra $60 ( RLA arena tickets wont have sold out, i dont think). If hes on an outside court like show court2..and you don't want to buy hisense tickets..well ground pass tickets should be enough..bear in mind he might be playing after 5 (check the days OOP) in that case you have to buy an after 5 ground pass which costs $20. (hope this helps)

:sad:I don't think thats possible...to get hisense tix, i have hisense tickets for day 2 3 and 4 think ill just get a grounds pass - i hope he plays Tuesday :rolleyes:

Fitz
01-09-2010, 05:43 AM
Anyone have tips on the best place to stay for the Sony Ericsson in Miami? I've never been for the tournament and I'm considering going this year. Price doesn't matter.

The Intercontinental and JW Marriott are both nice, but a bit expensive. The tournament offers special room rates if you book through their website pending availability. Surprisingly, their rates are just about as good as you’ll see them.

Hotel selection also depends on whether or not you’ll have a car. If you do, then anything near the toll bridge that takes you to Key Biscayne will work and I’d try and seek out a hotel that does not have a $30/day parking fee, though most will since Miami is a hot spot, especially with students having spring break during the tournament.

If you don’t have a car, then you’ll definitely want to book a hotel that offers the shuttle service (daily or four day passes are on offer) or choose a hotel near one that does.

Whether you have a car or not, I do not recommend staying in Coral Gables or at the airport as it will take forever to get through all the traffic to the toll bridge that leads over to Key Biscayne. Coconut Grove is a bit of a hike too but if you want to do more than the tournament, it’s a pretty nice area with restaurants and some shops. Of course, having a car really helps if you decide on this location.

These hotels offer the shuttle to the parking lots where all the buses drop off. The last time I went, passes were $10/day or four days for $30 if I remember correctly. These rates are taken from the Sony Ericsson Open website.

Biscayne Bay Marriott $195
Conrad Hilton $229
Hyatt Regency $209
InterContinental $249
Mayfair Hotel & Spa $259
Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne $419

Hope this helps. I’m sure there are some folks from Miami that could probably shed some better light on this as I’m not a local. Do bring plenty of sunscreen and perhaps a change of clothes inside as the humidity can be painful.

Have fun if you go. :wavey:

Yves.
01-09-2010, 01:27 PM
Some tips for Rotterdam:

As parking is expensive on Ahoy's parking lot, park near Ahoy by the school, there it's free.
If you are lucky you can get in for free as there is a cafe at the entrance with a terrace with a fence around it, that cafe is accessible for everyone. If you go and have a cup of tea and go sit on that terrace, take your time. After a while they won't even notice you. When you're ready, just walk towards the open space in the fence and (like I did last year) you just walk past the security guards. Then you're in, but not yet at Center Court. To get there you can use tickets from last year to bluff your way in, just say you know where the seats are. It all worked for me last couple of years!
If you buy day session tickets, it's easy to stay for the night session, just hang around the stands until they close and then the guards will tell you that they are closing, then just walk to the wardrobe as if you are getting your coat, but walk past it and go up to the higher level seats, stay there in the darkness until 18.30 then Ahoy is open again for the night session (used to be easier, but security is forced up).
Konica Minolta offers a service where you can take a picture with CC on the background and optionally a pro next to you, which is fun!

Great thread by the way!

fran70
01-10-2010, 03:59 PM
Telmex Cup. Buenos Aires.
On the web page of the Telmex Cup of Buenos Aires they offer www.tuentrada.com as the only possible way to buy tickets. But the cheapest ticket for 1st round or quarterfinals are as expensive as the ones for the Masters Series of Miami for example. Does anyone now if there is going to be possible to buy "entradas populares" somewhere else or if we want to see the tournament we will have to pay fares for an ATP 250 as a Masters Series?

Henry Chinaski
01-10-2010, 05:18 PM
Some tips for Rotterdam:

As parking is expensive on Ahoy's parking lot, park near Ahoy by the school, there it's free.
If you are lucky you can get in for free as there is a cafe at the entrance with a terrace with a fence around it, that cafe is accessible for everyone. If you go and have a cup of tea and go sit on that terrace, take your time. After a while they won't even notice you. When you're ready, just walk towards the open space in the fence and (like I did last year) you just walk past the security guards. Then you're in, but not yet at Center Court. To get there you can use tickets from last year to bluff your way in, just say you know where the seats are. It all worked for me last couple of years!
If you buy day session tickets, it's easy to stay for the night session, just hang around the stands until they close and then the guards will tell you that they are closing, then just walk to the wardrobe as if you are getting your coat, but walk past it and go up to the higher level seats, stay there in the darkness until 18.30 then Ahoy is open again for the night session (used to be easier, but security is forced up).
Konica Minolta offers a service where you can take a picture with CC on the background and optionally a pro next to you, which is fun!

Great thread by the way!

haha. awesome advice.

bjurra
01-10-2010, 09:51 PM
Anyone have tips on the best place to stay for the Sony Ericsson in Miami? I've never been for the tournament and I'm considering going this year. Price doesn't matter.

I have stayed at the JW Marriott. The rooms are nice and it has a shuttle service to the tournament. Book through the tournament website for a discount.

If you really want to spend more, stay at the Four Seasons. Best hotel in that part of Miami, I have been told.

Experimentee
01-11-2010, 01:26 AM
Some tips for Rotterdam:

As parking is expensive on Ahoy's parking lot, park near Ahoy by the school, there it's free.
If you are lucky you can get in for free as there is a cafe at the entrance with a terrace with a fence around it, that cafe is accessible for everyone. If you go and have a cup of tea and go sit on that terrace, take your time. After a while they won't even notice you. When you're ready, just walk towards the open space in the fence and (like I did last year) you just walk past the security guards. Then you're in, but not yet at Center Court. To get there you can use tickets from last year to bluff your way in, just say you know where the seats are. It all worked for me last couple of years!
If you buy day session tickets, it's easy to stay for the night session, just hang around the stands until they close and then the guards will tell you that they are closing, then just walk to the wardrobe as if you are getting your coat, but walk past it and go up to the higher level seats, stay there in the darkness until 18.30 then Ahoy is open again for the night session (used to be easier, but security is forced up).
Konica Minolta offers a service where you can take a picture with CC on the background and optionally a pro next to you, which is fun!

Great thread by the way!

LMAO these are the best tips :yeah:

Too bad I am not going to Rotterdam soon.

save ausdecline
01-11-2010, 01:32 AM
Put sunscreen on and wear a sombero(is that how its seplt) hat if possible.

Experimentee
01-11-2010, 01:35 AM
More tips for the AO:

At the start of the day it's better to use the entrance near the Hisense Arena than the entrance near RLA. The RLA entrance is always really crowded and it takes ages to get through the lines and security. The Hisense Arena entrance is less crowded.

If you are on Courts 3 to 15 and need to go to the toilet, the one outside Court 3 always has a big queue for the ladies toilets. You should instead go to the one next to Court 12, which is not far away but usually doesn't have a queue.


I also have a question I don't know about: If I buy a Hisense ticket can I trade it in for a RLA ticket on the day and just pay the difference, if the match I want to see ends up being on RLA instead of Hisense on the OOP?

Action Jackson
01-11-2010, 01:35 AM
That was Yves best ever post.

Caio_Brasil
01-11-2010, 01:37 AM
Yves. has got skills for cheating not only at the Internet :yeah:

Watch out dude the cops may read this forum.

maratski
01-18-2010, 06:47 PM
Can someone give me tips about accomodation etc?

Action Jackson
02-10-2010, 11:26 AM
Has anyone used Yves Rotterdam cheating tips yet.

Action Jackson
03-08-2010, 11:03 AM
There should be some people going to Indian Wells.

Vida
03-08-2010, 12:41 PM
general tip: get drunk BEFORE you enter the stadium. just in case they are selling non-alcoholic lager only.

Yves.
03-08-2010, 01:50 PM
Has anyone used Yves Rotterdam cheating tips yet.

I myself did :haha:

Sunset of Age
03-08-2010, 03:31 PM
I myself did :haha:

:D - well I can fully confirm that your tips should indeed work, as the tournament security over there is a complete mess. Too bad I already bought my tickets in advance, :lol:.

bjurra
03-09-2010, 12:56 AM
I myself did :haha:

I wish I was 17 again. Too boring buying the tickets...:sad:

bjurra
03-09-2010, 01:00 AM
Can someone give me tips about accomodation etc?

The cheap accommodations are across the boarder, in Beausoleil. Last time I visited the tournament I stayed at the Meridien which was walking distance but a bit expensive. The players stay in the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel.

Tickets sell out fast so I would buy them in advance. If you are ona budget, bring food and water to the tournament.

Puschkin
03-09-2010, 05:40 AM
The cheap accommodations are across the boarder, in Beausoleil. Last time I visited the tournament I stayed at the Meridien which was walking distance but a bit expensive. The players stay in the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel.


I always stay in Nice which offers a variety of hotels in all price categories. There is a train with a special stop at Monte Carlo Country Club, which takes about 20 minutes, from there it is a 5-7 minutes walk to the tournament. The train ride along the coast every morning gets you already in the right mood. Food and drink is rather expensive as it has been mentioned. Only coffee is reasaonably priced: 2 Euros last year.

During the first days many interesting matches take place on the Court des Princes which needs extra tickets. During the day they are rather strict, they won't allow you in with a centre court ticket, only in the evening for a doubles I managed once to chat my way in. All other courts are accessible with a centre court ticket.

Sun cream is advised, if you are very sensitive also a hat, it can get quite hot already.

And finally: it is a great tournament, actually the favourite among all the tourneys I have been to. :)

Taz Warrior
03-25-2010, 02:56 PM
Anyone got any tips or advice about? Stuttgart :D

MacTheKnife
03-25-2010, 03:18 PM
This is a great idea for a thread. :yeah:

Choupi
04-02-2010, 09:29 AM
Anyone got any tips or advice about? Stuttgart :D
Been going there for 5 years now. It's pretty easy to get to the tournament, using metro. If you book your tickets through the net, you also get a combi ticket that gives you free access to the buses and metros going there. Good spare knowing how much it should cost you, especially if you wanna stay for several days.

There's always a great atmosphere and you can watch all training courts. It's also pretty easy to be in touch with players and coaches as you can stay pretty close to the gate of the players lounge. Have attended matches, sitting next to players and coaches, except on the Center Court, where you need to have the specific ticket to get there.

No need to be afraid about how to get food. There's food everywhere! Some ppl get there and can eat all day long :rolleyes: You have almost for all tastes. Hamburgers, Italian food, Thai food, typical German food (sausages and so on).

Gates open at 9am but nothing's open yet at that time. No food no drink before 10am. Players arrive around 9.30am for training sessions.

If you need more specific infos, feel free to PM me :)

shoparound
06-06-2010, 07:47 AM
Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone here has tips on which places are good to stay in NY for the US Open? Possibly tips on which places are good on a budget too

Thanks:)

Action Jackson
06-06-2010, 07:52 AM
Grass season coming up, there should be some people with some tips about Wimbledon and Roehampton from MTF users.

buddyholly
06-06-2010, 12:35 PM
What is your budget?

shoparound
06-06-2010, 09:29 PM
Maybe around $2000

buddyholly
06-06-2010, 10:42 PM
I meant hotel/night.

savesthedizzle
06-07-2010, 01:08 AM
Yes, is that $2000, for.. everything, or is that your hotel budget alone, how long are you planning to stay, etc. :)

buddyholly
06-07-2010, 01:12 AM
I was going to ask if that was for one or two nights, but shoparound has waited two years to make his/her first post, so I thought I would be gentle.

But $2000 means nothing without a timeframe and what it covers.

star_of_dusk
06-07-2010, 01:13 AM
Stay in Secaucus or Weehawken, New Jersey and just cross the Hudson (it's 4 miles from New York City), but it's cheaper.

Eden
06-14-2010, 07:23 PM
Grass season coming up, there should be some people with some tips about Wimbledon and Roehampton from MTF users.

Sorry, I can't give tips about any of the mentioned tournaments, but for people who would like to go to see a grass tournament I can really advice Halle :)

Some infos about the town Halle:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halle,_North_Rhine-Westphalia

You can reach Halle very well by train, for example from Osnabrück or Bielefeld. The Gerry Weber Stadion, where the tournament takes place, even has an own train station.

Halle has about 22 000 inhabitants and considering the amount of tennisfans who come to visit the town for the tournament you have to be quick to order a room. Places where you can stay can be found here http://www.hallewestfalen.de/staticsite/staticsite.php?menuid=102&topmenu=98&keepmenu=inactive

Sorry, it's only in German, but some of the hotels and places have an own homepage and you can easily contact the people via e-mail. Feel free to PM me if you need any more informations though.

This site also offers some places to stay in the near villages. Otherwise you could also look for a hotel in Bielefeld, which you can reach by train in 25 minutes from Halle.

The players hotel in Halle is directly beside the stadion which allows you to see the players walking by. Players can either practice on private courts, where you can't get in, or on one of the open courts. Roger for example practiced there on Sunday.

Players take part in showevents on the stage (for example they had Youzhny, Davydenko and Hewitt there this year) and afterwards they give autographs. You also have the chance to get autographs from a lot of the players after the matches at the players entrance.

Of course your bags will get controlled at the main entrance. You are allowed to bring in non alcoholic drinks. I would suggest that you use 0,5 l bottles as I remember that I wasn't allowed a few years ago to bring along a 1 l bottle.

As food you get Pizza, Pasta, the German Bratwurst, strawberries, cakes - really everything with the exception of being healthy ;)

All informations about the tournament and how to order tickets can be found here https://www.gerryweber-open.de/en/

The main advantage is the roof on the Centre Court which can be closed very quickly.

After the matches they have musical artists on the stage outside and on the day of the final you can follow a showmatch on the Centre Court.

It's really a fantastic tournament to go to with a great atmosphere :)

shoparound
07-04-2010, 12:11 AM
Thanks for the tips!
But yeah the 2000 is just for the hotels.
Maybe more, since I'm staying for the entire tournament

anutam
07-04-2010, 01:06 AM
Guys, can i asked please about parking at USO? I have tickets for all three Saturdays and i will drive from RI, so i desperately need to park my car near the grounds. I saw on the map that USO has several public parking lots, but are they available? Or they are sold in advance? (Because i know that some mini-plans suggest parking tickets also).
Thanks for help! :wavey:

betowiec
07-04-2010, 01:49 AM
Guys, can i asked please about parking at USO? I have tickets for all three Saturdays and i will drive from RI, so i desperately need to park my car near the grounds. I saw on the map that USO has several public parking lots, but are they available? Or they are sold in advance? (Because i know that some mini-plans suggest parking tickets also).
Thanks for help! :wavey:


don't worry about parking, plenty of spots available(last year daily rate was 15$ if i remember correctly, was free for lexus owners)

Silvester
07-04-2010, 02:14 AM
How hard is it to get tickets to the finals??

I'm thinking of going however I'll be out of vacation time by then because I'm going on my honeymoon in August so I can only go on a weekend. I would LOVE to see Federer, if it would be in the Finals that would obviously be even better. Should I go the weekend before the finals? or take the chance and get tickets for the finals? Can I wait to see who actually makes it and then get tickets or will they all be gone because it is the finals?

betowiec
07-04-2010, 02:16 PM
How hard is it to get tickets to the finals??

I'm thinking of going however I'll be out of vacation time by then because I'm going on my honeymoon in August so I can only go on a weekend. I would LOVE to see Federer, if it would be in the Finals that would obviously be even better. Should I go the weekend before the finals? or take the chance and get tickets for the finals? Can I wait to see who actually makes it and then get tickets or will they all be gone because it is the finals?
it all depends how much are you willing to pay, tickets to the finals are usually sold out in advance

Silvester
07-05-2010, 04:14 AM
well I'd probably need to get 2 tickets, how much do you think i'd be looking at? You say they are all pre-sold so my only option would be to try ebay etc?

Maybe i'd be better off going the weekend before? Better chance to actually see the player I'd be going to see but then I'd probably kick myself if said player won the weekend after.

betowiec
07-05-2010, 12:12 PM
well I'd probably need to get 2 tickets, how much do you think i'd be looking at? You say they are all pre-sold so my only option would be to try ebay etc?

Maybe i'd be better off going the weekend before? Better chance to actually see the player I'd be going to see but then I'd probably kick myself if said player won the weekend after.
if you try to get the tickets now, you will be able to get them without overpaying at stubhub/ebay/craiglist
(also it depend where you would like to sit@ arthur ashe stadium)
as far as getting tickets for the finals vs the week before, you just have to take a chance

Silvester
07-05-2010, 04:22 PM
Thanks for the help. I don't mind sitting in the upper levels somewhere, not all the way obviously but I also don't need front row seats. I guess I'll have to decide sooner rather than later what to do.

shoparound
07-06-2010, 10:57 PM
Any more tips of places to stay maybe outside of Queens that would be cheap?

wifey99999999
07-24-2010, 12:52 AM
Right now, it seems like they reserve all lower level seats as full package or corporate sponsor.

What are the chances if you can get individual session lower level tickets in Ashe on the day of matches?

I prefer not to sit in the upper premenade because it would feel like watching 2 ants hitting tennis ball without binocular.

betowiec
07-24-2010, 12:56 AM
Right now, it seems like they reserve all lower level seats as full package or corporate sponsor.

What are the chances if you can get individual session lower level tickets in Ashe on the day of matches?

I prefer not to sit in the upper premenade because it would feel like watching 2 ants hitting tennis ball without binocular.

they will be available (first 4 days for sure)*if you get there early enough)

wifey99999999
07-24-2010, 12:58 AM
I plan to go during and after labor day weekend (4th - 8th)

moon language
07-24-2010, 01:31 AM
If you can't get them make sure to catch as much as you can on Armstrong. The atmosphere there is so much better and in the first week you can see a lot of big names on that court. I saw Federer and Nadal there on the same day once (not against each other obviously).

shoparound
08-06-2010, 09:39 AM
Anyone know good places to eat around New York for people on a budget? maybe near the Tennis Center?

akai
09-04-2010, 11:08 PM
Is Taxi services available from the US Open back to Manhattan at night?

mP

icecastle
09-04-2010, 11:27 PM
You could call a cab based in flushings to take you to manhattan but that would cost you a lot. Plus you're gonna have to wait for the cab for like 15 mins. If I were you just take the number 7 subway to grand central or times square then take a cab from there, faster & way cheaper too.

moon language
09-04-2010, 11:50 PM
Take the train it's right there.

Snoo Foo
09-05-2010, 12:02 AM
you won't have to call or wait for a cab, there are lots of drivers waiting at the exits to take people wherever they want to go. But it will be mad expensive, like I'm guessing at least $40 to get to Manhattan, unless maybe you haggle with him.

ariel2
09-05-2010, 03:40 AM
Akai, if your concern is safety on the NYC subways, don't worry. The #7 train is always crowded as it serves fans for the tennis and for baseball. Don't take any of the car services that wait with signs outside the turnstiles. These are not cabs and they will probably charge more than $40 to take you back to Manhattan. Good luck and have fun.

akai
09-06-2010, 02:25 PM
Thanks guys, will be at the Open all day, both sessions. Just worry about safety on the subway.

Action Jackson
10-12-2010, 08:28 AM
Vienna is a good tournament, well it was when I went there years ago.

The metro station for Stadthalle is at Burgasse, which isn't too far away. It's on the line U6 and one station away from Westbahnhof.

Usual things eat before you go inside the complex, why pay more and get less. Accommodation isn't that hard to find in the city and there is enough to do if you are bored of the tennis.

Puschkin
10-12-2010, 09:17 AM
Vienna is a good tournament, well it was when I went there years ago.

The metro station for Stadthalle is at Burgasse, which isn't too far away. It's on the line U6 and one station away from Westbahnhof.

Usual things eat before you go inside the complex, why pay more and get less. Accommodation isn't that hard to find in the city and there is enough to do if you are bored of the tennis.

As with many indoor tourneys, there is hardly a possibility to watch practise, though. However, the small court is worth visiting when you want to see the lower ranked players during the first days of the event. You are really close there, sitting in the front row can be dangerous. ;)

Action Jackson
10-12-2010, 09:21 AM
As with many indoor tourneys, there is hardly a possibility to watch practise, though. However, the small court is worth visiting when you want to see the lower ranked players during the first days of the event. You are really close there, sitting in the front row can be dangerous. ;)

I don't like indoor events, haha the front row.

~*BGT*~
10-12-2010, 04:31 PM
Advice for Roland Garros? I hope to go there next summer.

Action Jackson
10-20-2010, 09:19 AM
Advice for Roland Garros? I hope to go there next summer.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=935566&highlight=Porte+De+Auteuil#post935566

That thread has heaps of info about Roland Garros. Tickets are done by ballot, but should be able to get ground passes with enough patience.

Definitely buy your food before you go there, or have plenty of money.

If you don't like the bottled water option, buy a Powerade or Gatorade as they are wider at the top so it's easier to refill with water during the day.

As for accommodation I was lucky and had the option of staying with friends, but there are a few hostels in Paris which won't set you back too much money.

To get to RG you will need to take Line 10 to Boulogne Pont de St.Cloud and you will get off at Porte d'Auteuil which is the 3rd last stop which is in the southwest of Paris.

Here is a map of the Paris Metro attached.

http://www.paris-photos.org/pict/metro-map.gif

Sinerra
10-20-2010, 12:18 PM
I have 2 questions:

First, next week I will be in Madrid. Does anyone know if I can visit the tournament? Like you can visit the soccer stadion of Real Madrid. Is there something to see at the Madrid tournament ground while there is no tournament going on? Or will it be a waste of time if I go there because there is nothing there to see?

My second question is about Wimbledon. Hopefully I'll be going next year. A few weeks ago a filled out the form they send me and I send it back. But I couldn't choose a day that I wanted to go. I want to go to Wimbledon the first 3 days of the tournament and I want CC ticktets for 1 day. But on the form there was no date on it. So it is possible that I get expensive tickets for the womens final (which I dont want)?? Can I refuse the tickets? And what will happen then? I dont get any tickets or can I get others? Could someone please explain because I dont get it... :confused:
Also I could use every tip you know about Wimbledon please :)

Taz Warrior
10-20-2010, 01:35 PM
My second question is about Wimbledon. Hopefully I'll be going next year. A few weeks ago a filled out the form they send me and I send it back. But I couldn't choose a day that I wanted to go. I want to go to Wimbledon the first 3 days of the tournament and I want CC ticktets for 1 day. But on the form there was no date on it. So it is possible that I get expensive tickets for the womens final (which I dont want)?? Can I refuse the tickets? And what will happen then? I dont get any tickets or can I get others? Could someone please explain because I dont get it... :confused:
Also I could use every tip you know about Wimbledon please :)

If you're successful in the ballot, you'll get offered tickets for a set day and set court (usually around February) but you don't have to buy them if you don't like what you're offered. They will then go back in the ballot and offered to someone else, so there's still the opportunity if you're unsuccessful at first that you will be offered tickets that someone else has refused. Be aware though, that demand usually far outstrips supply so there's every chance that you won't be offered any tickets.

If you're absolutely determined to get a CC ticket there are ~500 held back that are sold on the day on a first come first served basis which would mean queuing from about 4pm the day before at the grounds.

~*BGT*~
10-20-2010, 06:51 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=935566&highlight=Porte+De+Auteuil#post935566

That thread has heaps of info about Roland Garros. Tickets are done by ballot, but should be able to get ground passes with enough patience.

Definitely buy your food before you go there, or have plenty of money.

If you don't like the bottled water option, buy a Powerade or Gatorade as they are wider at the top so it's easier to refill with water during the day.

As for accommodation I was lucky and had the option of staying with friends, but there are a few hostels in Paris which won't set you back too much money.

To get to RG you will need to take Line 10 to Boulogne Pont de St.Cloud and you will get off at Porte d'Auteuil which is the 3rd last stop which is in the southwest of Paris.

Here is a map of the Paris Metro attached.

http://www.paris-photos.org/pict/metro-map.gif

I'll be studying abroad so I will have accommodations and I've been to the Tenniseum so I know how to get to the grounds. The rest of the info is great. Thanks! :D You can bring food and drink inside the grounds?

ShotmaKer
10-20-2010, 08:04 PM
I'll be studying abroad so I will have accommodations and I've been to the Tenniseum so I know how to get to the grounds. The rest of the info is great. Thanks! :D You can bring food and drink inside the grounds?

Yes you can. Food and drink is awfully expensive in there so the best idea is to be packed for the entire day. Especially with water, it can be hot as hell some days as it can also be raining unfortunately. End of May/beginning of June is pretty tricky weather-wise in Paris so you never know what you should expect in advance. I'd also advise to go to the Benny Berthet day, the last saturday before the tournament starts. Tickets are rather cheap and it's a good occasion to see lots of pros training and enjoying access to all the major courts.

scoobs
10-20-2010, 08:53 PM
Advice for Roland Garros? I hope to go there next summer.

Me too :D

scoobs
10-20-2010, 08:54 PM
Any advice on going to the Paris Indoors? I'm going next month :D

Saumon
10-20-2010, 09:10 PM
I'll be studying abroad so I will have accommodations and I've been to the Tenniseum so I know how to get to the grounds. The rest of the info is great. Thanks! :D You can bring food and drink inside the grounds?
Sometimes during the bag check they won't let you go in with soda cans or they will open them, so it's better to take plastic bottles.
Any advice on going to the Paris Indoors? I'm going next month :D
I haven't been there in a while (last time was in 2007) but the last time I went there was no access to the practice court. I think that a couple of years ago they played qualies at two different venues outside of Bercy. The venues were pretty far from each other and far from Bercy (as in it was not possible to go back and forth between them if you wanted to watch a match at one place and another at the other). I don't remember what they did last year though. The court 1 is pretty small and you are very close to the court. I think you can leave the site to go for a smoke (it's not allowed to smoke inside) or buy a sandwich. I suppose they use a stamp on your hand but I've never done it myself. Now they have night sessions but I've not been there since they have them. I've already stayed there till 1 am in the past so bring enough food.

scoobs
10-20-2010, 09:21 PM
Thanks :D

ShotmaKer
10-20-2010, 09:52 PM
Another tip for RG, don't buy your tickets off the streets. They won't let you in because you need to have your name on your tickets to get in (or at least something that proves they've been transferred to you). If you're looking for day to day tickets, check viagogo.com it's the only "legal" way to get late tickets (if you did not get them through the ballot). If you decide to buy second-hand tickets, you need to get them from the original owner, and make sure he/she is going to transfer the tickets to your name via the RG website. Otherwise, just don't bother buying tickets from resellers outside the facilities, whatever they tell you. There's not a lot you can do if the tickets have not been officially transferred to your name and you may just lose your money. Just my two cents, but they're really kinda anal about that.

Saumon
10-21-2010, 08:37 AM
Another tip for RG, don't buy your tickets off the streets. They won't let you in because you need to have your name on your tickets to get in (or at least something that proves they've been transferred to you). If you're looking for day to day tickets, check viagogo.com it's the only "legal" way to get late tickets (if you did not get them through the ballot). If you decide to buy second-hand tickets, you need to get them from the original owner, and make sure he/she is going to transfer the tickets to your name via the RG website. Otherwise, just don't bother buying tickets from resellers outside the facilities, whatever they tell you. There's not a lot you can do if the tickets have not been officially transferred to your name and you may just lose your money. Just my two cents, but they're really kinda anal about that.

Oh right, they do an ID check at RG now so don't forget to bring an ID card or passport.

Taz Warrior
10-21-2010, 08:49 AM
Anything for Stockholm - I'm going on Saturday :)

Action Jackson
10-21-2010, 09:08 AM
Anything for Stockholm - I'm going on Saturday :)

Going only for 1 day?

Hang out in the evenings in Södermalm. Ticket prices are on the website. It depends on where you are coming from.

The metro station for Kungliga Tennishallen is Gärdet on Line 13 to Ropsten. It's about 500m walk from there on the main road called Lindingövägen.

Depending on what time you get there it's cheaper to eat at lunch with daily special (dagen rätt). If not then do the supermarket thing and take a plastic bottle of water.

bjurra
10-21-2010, 09:13 AM
Oh right, they do an ID check at RG now so don't forget to bring an ID card or passport.

I was at RG four days this year, bought my tickets of African gentlemen every day and wasnt checked once. But cheap it wasnt...

muchu
10-21-2010, 09:16 AM
How about tips to get pictures with players or their signature?

Saumon
10-21-2010, 09:16 AM
I was at RG four days this year, bought my tickets of African gentlemen every day and wasnt checked once. But cheap it wasnt...

Might be only for e-tickets then.

Aphex
10-21-2010, 09:18 AM
Anything for Stockholm - I'm going on Saturday :)
What do you want to know? Unless you take a taxi, easiest way to get there is by the underground/ subway, red line direction Ropsten, to station Gärdet, eastern exit to Frihamnen/ Finland ferries, walk down the hill, go left for 300 metres and you're there. Bring your best suit and you'll blend in nicely! :wavey:

Saumon
10-21-2010, 09:22 AM
How about tips to get pictures with players or their signature?

Depends of the tournament. At some indoor tournaments, you can't go to practice sessions so your chances of meeting a players are very low (unless you are on a smaller courts and some players are sitting near you to watch a match). At an outdoor tournament like RG you can meet players while walking around the grounds so you can stop them there or you can wait till they're done practicing. Don't ask for a picture or an autograph after a player has just lost. Of course lower ranked players are easier to approach. Federer and Nadal will almost always be surrounded by bodyguards.

bjurra
10-21-2010, 09:56 AM
Might be only for e-tickets then.

Yeah, did the mistake of buying an eticket in 2009. Was asked for ID and I put on my sad puppy face and told the cute entrance hostess in broken French that I had left my wallet at the hotel. She hesitated and then let me in.

muchu
10-21-2010, 10:18 AM
Depends of the tournament. At some indoor tournaments, you can't go to practice sessions so your chances of meeting a players are very low (unless you are on a smaller courts and some players are sitting near you to watch a match). At an outdoor tournament like RG you can meet players while walking around the grounds so you can stop them there or you can wait till they're done practicing. Don't ask for a picture or an autograph after a player has just lost. Of course lower ranked players are easier to approach. Federer and Nadal will almost always be surrounded by bodyguards.

So true. I went to Thailand Open last month, and the security was such a pain. I was hoping that I could shake Nadal's hands or taking pictures with him. But my oh my..it was just a dream. The organiser even did not held meet and greet session with the fans. They treat us like criminals. Bastards. I know the security guards are only doing their job but still, there should be a win-win solution.

My suggestion, Thailand Open is not worth it.:(

Taz Warrior
10-21-2010, 10:34 AM
Going only for 1 day?

Hang out in the evenings in Södermalm. Ticket prices are on the website. It depends on where you are coming from.

The metro station for Kungliga Tennishallen is Gärdet on Line 13 to Ropsten. It's about 500m walk from there on the main road called Lindingövägen.

Depending on what time you get there it's cheaper to eat at lunch with daily special (dagen rätt). If not then do the supermarket thing and take a plastic bottle of water.

What do you want to know? Unless you take a taxi, easiest way to get there is by the underground/ subway, red line direction Ropsten, to station Gärdet, eastern exit to Frihamnen/ Finland ferries, walk down the hill, go left for 300 metres and you're there. Bring your best suit and you'll blend in nicely! :wavey:

Thanks, that helps - the website wasn't very useful for directions :rolleyes:

Yes, I'm just going to the tournament for 1 day but will be in Stockholm for 2 days

Sinerra
10-21-2010, 10:35 AM
If you're successful in the ballot, you'll get offered tickets for a set day and set court (usually around February) but you don't have to buy them if you don't like what you're offered. They will then go back in the ballot and offered to someone else, so there's still the opportunity if you're unsuccessful at first that you will be offered tickets that someone else has refused. Be aware though, that demand usually far outstrips supply so there's every chance that you won't be offered any tickets.

If you're absolutely determined to get a CC ticket there are ~500 held back that are sold on the day on a first come first served basis which would mean queuing from about 4pm the day before at the grounds.

Thanks for your answer! I understand now :)
Do you know if you refuse the tickets you're offered first, what are the changes that you will be offered other tickets? Is it almost certain that you will get other tickets, or is it very likely that you wont get other tickets? Because I can only go for the first week of the tournament....
I dont mind to queue for the CC tickets, but Im going with my mom and she has problems with her back, so she thinks she cant sleep in a tent all night :(

Action Jackson
10-21-2010, 10:35 AM
Thanks, that helps - the website wasn't very useful for directions :rolleyes:

Yes, I'm just going to the tournament for 1 day but will be in Stockholm for 2 days

When are you arriving in Stockholm?

Taz Warrior
10-21-2010, 10:50 AM
When are you arriving in Stockholm?

Tomorrow afternoon and leaving on Sunday afternoon

Action Jackson
10-21-2010, 10:57 AM
Tomorrow afternoon and leaving on Sunday afternoon

You should be able to get to the venue quite easily with the info Aphex and I gave you?

Can always go here to get food http://www.saluhallen.com/

goonieboy
02-12-2011, 04:06 PM
Hi
I was just wondering are 2011 US Open tickets available to general admission yet? or you have to be a member of USTA to get them.Because when i got on ticketmaster it says currently not on sale thanks

Never mind i just found out that tickets go on sale june 6 2011

samjones
02-12-2011, 04:59 PM
Hi
I was just wondering are 2011 US Open tickets available to general admission yet? or you have to be a member of USTA to get them.Because when i got on ticketmaster it says currently not on sale thanks

Never mind i just found out that tickets go on sale june 6 2011

In my experience, tickets aren't all that hard to get on the first day they go on sale. I suppose it depends on what you're looking for, but if you just go on-line and get them right away when they go on sale you'll probably be able to pick up whatever you need.

In my experience, those "pre-day-of-sale" specials get you lousy tickets and at not that great a discount. I wouldn't bother joining USTA just to get US Open tickets.

Eden
03-12-2011, 02:14 PM
Sorry, I can't give tips about any of the mentioned tournaments, but for people who would like to go to see a grass tournament I can really advice Halle :)

Some infos about the town Halle:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halle,_North_Rhine-Westphalia

You can reach Halle very well by train, for example from Osnabrück or Bielefeld. The Gerry Weber Stadion, where the tournament takes place, even has an own train station.

Halle has about 22 000 inhabitants and considering the amount of tennisfans who come to visit the town for the tournament you have to be quick to order a room. Places where you can stay can be found here http://www.hallewestfalen.de/staticsite/staticsite.php?menuid=102&topmenu=98&keepmenu=inactive

Sorry, it's only in German, but some of the hotels and places have an own homepage and you can easily contact the people via e-mail. Feel free to PM me if you need any more informations though.

This site also offers some places to stay in the near villages. Otherwise you could also look for a hotel in Bielefeld, which you can reach by train in 25 minutes from Halle.

The players hotel in Halle is directly beside the stadion which allows you to see the players walking by. Players can either practice on private courts, where you can't get in, or on one of the open courts. Roger for example practiced there on Sunday.

Players take part in showevents on the stage (for example they had Youzhny, Davydenko and Hewitt there this year) and afterwards they give autographs. You also have the chance to get autographs from a lot of the players after the matches at the players entrance.

Of course your bags will get controlled at the main entrance. You are allowed to bring in non alcoholic drinks. I would suggest that you use 0,5 l bottles as I remember that I wasn't allowed a few years ago to bring along a 1 l bottle.

As food you get Pizza, Pasta, the German Bratwurst, strawberries, cakes - really everything with the exception of being healthy ;)

All informations about the tournament and how to order tickets can be found here https://www.gerryweber-open.de/en/

The main advantage is the roof on the Centre Court which can be closed very quickly.

After the matches they have musical artists on the stage outside and on the day of the final you can follow a showmatch on the Centre Court.

It's really a fantastic tournament to go to with a great atmosphere :)

Just wanted to add an information to my post about Halle:

Public transport to Halle via bus, S-Bahn and local train from Bielefeld, Herford and Gütersloh is for free now when you have your ticket for the tournament with you.

Sunset of Age
03-12-2011, 02:32 PM
Just wanted to add an information to my post about Halle:

Public transport to Halle via bus, S-Bahn and local train from Bielefeld, Herford and Gütersloh is for free now when you have your ticket for the tournament with you.

Not from Osnabrück I gather... ;)

multiculti
04-25-2011, 08:55 PM
From the official Italian Open tickets website ticketone.it, it appears they are no longer selling tickets at this point for the semi-finals or the final on May 14-15. Does anyone know if there is a possibility that more tickets will be made available on this site? or are tickets totally sold out period? Also, what is the likelihood of buying tickets through a reseller? or just another person trying to sell their tickets near the stadium, the day of? I'm trying to determine if it's worth my while to fly to Rome a couple of days earlier than I originally planned in order to catch the semis or final of the tournament there. Didn't realize my vacation would be so close to the Italian Open!

Thanks.

Imaster
04-28-2011, 09:42 AM
Looks like the pre-sale for the USTA members is open till 29th April. I was going to become a member just so as to buy these tickets, but then decided not to.

Where did you read about the 6th June date for the tickets opening for general public, on the US open website, it mentions 13th June (http://www.usopen.org/Tickets/tickets_faq_2011/#1302), so which is it?

I had a few questions regarding tickets and would appreciate some help, I am a huge tennis fan (from India) but have never visited any tournament live, am seriously planning to go for the US open.

1) I was interested in the mens quarters, semis and the finals, do you think these would be easily available on the 1st day the tickets open?

2) What are the different type of seats: Loge, courtside, luxury, etc? Is there a guide for the type of seats, and what would be the price for each ticket type when it goes on sale? Thus I can see if it is financially viable to go for the quartersfinals too or not.

Do the Luge seats have a good view or are they too far away, I was looking for front view seats (just like on TV), not the sideview. The courtside/luxury would be too expensive, I assume!

3) Can I resell the tickets, just in case I cannot make it due to some unforseen reasons? Also, if I just go ahead and buy as many tickets that I am allowed to, and then resell them later at higher costs and recuperate my expenses, is this allowed?

4) My daughter was born on 29th Dec, 2009, so if I go for the 2011 US open, would we have to buy a ticket for her? Also, how is the experience of going to the stadium with an infant/toddler?

Action Jackson
04-29-2011, 02:30 PM
Usually there are tickets that are returned and as for buying outside the stadium. There are risks to that but it depends on how much you want to go.

TheTennisFanatic
06-14-2011, 08:04 PM
I'm going to be in New York at the time of the US open so this is the first time that I have an opportunity to attend a Slam. I can see from the ticket prices on-line that it is definitely gonna burn a hole in my pocket. So I have a few questions for those of you who have been there before:
Can I wait more before booking tickets or will they be sold out/increase in price?
How can I plan to attend certain matches after the schedule is out?
Can I buy tickets on the day of the match? If so how much would these cost?
Any particular sessions early in the tournament when some good matches are likely to happen?

Also any other tips would be awesome. I'll be staying some 10 mi from the stadium so I don't have to worry about travel/accommodation etc. Just trying to figure out how to get the most out of my budget (setting which is proving to be very hard).
Thanks.

Broskie91
06-14-2011, 08:20 PM
enough with the talk about "mugs." that is not what he is asking about, you retard.

To answer your question (as a New Yorker who attends every year) I will suggest that you get the grounds pass for the day somewhere in the first 3 rounds. It usually is 50 bucks and you can go to every court besides Arthur Ashe. Totally worth it and sometimes you can stay into the evening if a later afternoon match goes deep. Have fun dude.

yesh222
06-14-2011, 08:35 PM
I agree with Broskie about what to do (I've been a few times). You can usually get tickets pretty late (StubHub is amazing) but they won't be cheap. Also, don't factor in that "10 minutes away" unless it's 10 minutes by walking. Traffic always has the potential to be hell.

FerrerAndNadal
06-14-2011, 10:20 PM
I went to the semis last year (Lucky) We got our tickets in july online for ticketexchange. No idea how to get regular priced tickets. Tickets are available up until the very end. Actually if you wait until the VERY VERY end tickets are super cheap but that's too much of a risk for me. Like I was watching Fed Djoko match and checked stubhub for Womens final tickets and they were $15. I thought wow cheap, ended up sneaking into the womens final for free so its all good. I live in Florida so I only go for 1 round each year, usually the semis. But 1st round or 2nd round is best for early rounds, you can buy either a stadium ticket or just use a grounds pass to travel watching outer courts.

Also GET A HOTEL EARLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY VERY IMPORTANT

I just booked the same very nice hotel in China town that I stayed in last year. And they only had like 10 rooms left for the semis weekend. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the USO

khanazam
07-05-2011, 04:33 PM
hey guys im thinking about getting us open tickets, either grounds admission or louis armstrong tickets. any ideas what the difference is? i understand if you grounds admission tickets you get to sit in louis armstrong as long as no one else with an assigned seat kicks you out? how likely is it that you'd get a seat there, because otherwise if grounds admission only has access to other courts, maybe im better off just paying for louis armstrong? thanks

eduggs
07-05-2011, 04:38 PM
I'd go with grounds admission or Ashe stadium. I've never had a problem getting a seat in the upper bowl of Armstrong. In my opinion it's not worth the money to get a reserved seat lower down. Go with the grounds unless you're desperate to see your favorite if they are a 1-4 seed.

khanazam
07-05-2011, 05:21 PM
thanks!

Silvester
07-21-2011, 07:09 PM
Hey,

I'm planning to go to the Rogers Cup in Montreal this year, never been so I'm hoping to see some specific players. I can't really decide which night to get tickets for..how do you guys usually plan your ticket purchases? Do you buy for a day and hope to see the players your there for?

I want to see Federer specifically so he will probably get an evening match but it's really not for sure. Unfortuntely I can't go on the weekend for the semi or finals so I was thinking of going Wednesday or Thursday after work for the night matches.

Dejan16
07-21-2011, 07:33 PM
Yeah im going on thurday, bought tickets for the night session, hoping novak plays, or at least one of the top 3.

Havok
07-21-2011, 08:45 PM
If you are going alone you can always find tickets at the box office day/night of the session you want to attend. I strongly suggest you only buy tickets for the centre court as court 1 also sells tickets but you can simply grab a seat in the bleachers for free! Also bring your own food and water bottle as concession prices are a little steep.

Silvester
07-21-2011, 08:53 PM
Will probably be going with 1 other person. Maybe i'll just go 2 nights.

Tennisfan-Mtl
07-21-2011, 10:37 PM
Roger will most likely play during the evening session only.

I always get a weekly pass on Court 1. Amazing atmosphere and you are so close to the court. But then again, I personally have no interest to pay 50$ to see players I always get to see on TV. And for 50$ on Center Court, you will most likely get a seat in the 300 section....which is pretty high up.

Any other questions ?? !! :)

Gonzil
07-22-2011, 12:19 AM
Cheap high up seats on Centre Court in the evening are not too bad. If all goes well by the second half lots have people have left and they invite everyone down into the expensive seats.

The advice above about water bottles is dead on. There are lots of water fountains around for your convenience.

Silvester
07-22-2011, 05:49 AM
cool thanks for the input.

Knotty Fort
07-22-2011, 08:12 AM
I went there 2 years ago. Great tournament, great city, and they really love their tennis there, the sessions are always well attended.

Personally, I think quarterfinals day is the best, especially with the top players going so deep and consistent these days. The year I went the top 8 players were in the QF. Roger is not necessarily in the evening session (I had evening session but Roger was in the day), but it really should be great tennis.

I had the seats which is diagonal to the court, sort of a hybrid of the tv view and a view where you can actually see how fast the balls fly. I loved that view. I bought my tickets 2 months in advance, so that you can pick out the best seats. But it is impossible to know who you're gonna watch until the day itself. I'm think you can buy tickets on the day itself, but there are very few because the tournament is very well attended as I said.

Tennis_Love
07-22-2011, 12:41 PM
I am going to the US Open for the first time. I have my tickets for September 1st and 2nd for Authur Ashe Stadium. I also wanted to purchase tickets for 3rd and 4th for Arthur Ashe on Day sessions but they are all sold out. Any idea how to get tickets? Is it possible to get tickets on the same day (on 3rd and 4th)?

I also need to know what's the most convenient way to go to the stadium. Is public transportations like 7 train better than driving? I didn't reserve my hotel yet because it depends on how I will go there. Any hotels in walking distance? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Sinerra
11-10-2011, 03:26 PM
In January I will be in Melbourne and I want to visit the Australian Open. But I have some questions about stuff I can't seem to find on the AO website. So I hope someone here can help me out.

My first question is about the tickets. I don't have any tickets yet as I don't exactly know the date I'll be in Melbourne. I'm going backpacking so i'm not sure what date we'll be in Melbourne so I don;t want to buy the tickets online yet. Also I dont want to have the tickets in my backpack all the time since it's easy to lose them that way.

But my question is: When do the pay desks open at the AO? We'll probably be in Melbourne a few days before the tournament starts. Can I buy the tickets during the qualifying event? And what times are they open? Only in the morning or the entire day?

I've been to both Wimbledon and Roland Garros. At Wimbledon we had to queue really early and could only buy tickets for that day. At RG we bought tickets on sundaymorning for the next 2 days. How does this work at the Australian Open?

Then I have 1 more question about how to get to the tournament. On the AO website it says that AO tickets holders "enjoy the FREE Yarra Trams shuttle services operating on route 70 from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena"
But I have never been to Melbourne or Australia. Can someone tell me exactly where these busses are? What is CBD? :o

I really hope someone can help me with these questions!

Thanks in advance!!!


I also posted this in the Upcoming Tournaments - Australian Open section of this website but I haven't gotten any respons yet. Since we're leaving in one week I hope someone here can help me.

Action Jackson
11-10-2011, 03:33 PM
In January I will be in Melbourne and I want to visit the Australian Open. But I have some questions about stuff I can't seem to find on the AO website. So I hope someone here can help me out.

My first question is about the tickets. I don't have any tickets yet as I don't exactly know the date I'll be in Melbourne. I'm going backpacking so i'm not sure what date we'll be in Melbourne so I don;t want to buy the tickets online yet. Also I dont want to have the tickets in my backpack all the time since it's easy to lose them that way.

But my question is: When do the pay desks open at the AO? We'll probably be in Melbourne a few days before the tournament starts. Can I buy the tickets during the qualifying event? And what times are they open? Only in the morning or the entire day?

I've been to both Wimbledon and Roland Garros. At Wimbledon we had to queue really early and could only buy tickets for that day. At RG we bought tickets on sundaymorning for the next 2 days. How does this work at the Australian Open?

Then I have 1 more question about how to get to the tournament. On the AO website it says that AO tickets holders "enjoy the FREE Yarra Trams shuttle services operating on route 70 from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena"
But I have never been to Melbourne or Australia. Can someone tell me exactly where these busses are? What is CBD? :o

I really hope someone can help me with these questions!

Thanks in advance!!!


I also posted this in the Upcoming Tournaments - Australian Open section of this website but I haven't gotten any respons yet. Since we're leaving in one week I hope someone here can help me.

You can buy your tickets from Ticketeck offices, there are quite a few around or the website for the days you want. Once you buy online, there is a section at the venue where you can pick them up, there will be a number for the tickets show ID and you will be fine.

Ground Passes get you into all matches besides Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena.

As for buses no need to use them and you will be closer to the venue with the 70 tram which leaves from Flinders St (the main station).

Sinerra
11-11-2011, 11:24 AM
Thanks so much for the information, Action Jackson!

Can I also buy the tickets online a few days before the tournament starts and then pick them up at the venue?

Henry Chinaski
11-11-2011, 01:37 PM
I'm going to Sydney/Oz Open in January so keep the info coming.

Some great stuff in here already

Action Jackson
11-11-2011, 02:10 PM
Thanks so much for the information, Action Jackson!

Can I also buy the tickets online a few days before the tournament starts and then pick them up at the venue?

Yes, you can but centre court tickets will more than likely be sold out, at the same time the matches in the first four days are garbage.

I'm going to Sydney/Oz Open in January so keep the info coming.

Some great stuff in here already

For Sydney

The venue is in the Olympic complex which is worth a view. Depending on where you are coming from, bring your own food not many places to buy stuff. Take the train to Lidcombe station, then go to a special platform for Olympic Park station. Get off there and walk 10 mins to the courts.

Consigliere
11-13-2011, 11:11 AM
i never do this because i live round the corner from a ticketek outlet but i think you can also print the tickets out yourself after you buy them from the website.

Luinir
11-28-2011, 09:02 AM
any rome tips? i am going next year, booked my flight etc.

one question: they are selling tickets through ticketone.it i am planning about taking full week ticket for supertennis arena + other courts (excluding campo central) and campo centralo ticket for saturday and sunday. i will be there by sunday and stay there for 8 or 9 nights. my question is that full week ticket for supertennis arena is 145 euro for behind the baseline and they are shipping to turkey for 50 euro! i don't want to take my tickets right now. i want to take my tickets from venue. is this possible? i mean can i book my tickets right now from the website and can i take take them when i go for the tournament? i need a fast reply, cause i am going to take tickets today. thank you in advance.

Action Jackson
12-03-2011, 05:11 AM
any rome tips? i am going next year, booked my flight etc.

one question: they are selling tickets through ticketone.it i am planning about taking full week ticket for supertennis arena + other courts (excluding campo central) and campo centralo ticket for saturday and sunday. i will be there by sunday and stay there for 8 or 9 nights. my question is that full week ticket for supertennis arena is 145 euro for behind the baseline and they are shipping to turkey for 50 euro! i don't want to take my tickets right now. i want to take my tickets from venue. is this possible? i mean can i book my tickets right now from the website and can i take take them when i go for the tournament? i need a fast reply, cause i am going to take tickets today. thank you in advance.

Not sure how it works for Rome, but if you should be able to book them online. From all the tournaments I've been to there are windows where you pick up prepaid sales.

bjurra, the poster he goes to the Rome event quite a lot.

bjurra
12-03-2011, 02:46 PM
Not sure how it works for Rome, but if you should be able to book them online. From all the tournaments I've been to there are windows where you pick up prepaid sales.

bjurra, the poster he goes to the Rome event quite a lot.

Last time was in 2010 but that was for the womens event so I didnt exactly worry about tickets being sold out...

Nole fan
12-03-2011, 09:19 PM
I'm going to the Australian Open 2012. Do ground passes cover all matches except those on Rod Laver?
And what is better day session or night session? can you upgrade your ticket once you know which players play and where?
thanks folks

Action Jackson
12-04-2011, 02:41 AM
I'm going to the Australian Open 2012. Do ground passes cover all matches except those on Rod Laver?
And what is better day session or night session? can you upgrade your ticket once you know which players play and where?
thanks folks

Scroll up, what ground passes cover has already been said a few times.

Depends on what you want to see, as for upgrades it's possible, but have to get it done early in that day.

Als
12-06-2011, 01:05 PM
Hey there,

Just a couple of quick questions...I'd be so grateful if you could help with these. I'm traveling to the Australian Open for the first time in January and I would love to stay in the official players hotel, it'd be really cool. Does anybody know which hotel this is? Also, does anyone have any helpful tips for the tennis event, as I've never been there before.

Many thanks,
Als.

Action Jackson
12-28-2011, 12:45 PM
Haha, stalker alert.

geri234
03-13-2012, 02:24 PM
Hi all,
I plan to go to Madrid in the week of the Mutua Madrilena tournament and I want tot know some details if u know:
1. where is the location of the tournament?
2. how nuch does it cost per day/ per week and where can I buy the tickets?
3. are there any cheap recommended hotels or hostels close to the place of the tournament?

thanx for ur help.
Gal

Tennis-Life
03-13-2012, 02:40 PM
^^ Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1 :spit:

Hope this helps http://www.madrid-open.com/en/tipos-de-entrada/

Action Jackson
03-13-2012, 02:41 PM
^^ Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1 :spit:

Hmm, lots of lurking.

masterclass
03-13-2012, 02:42 PM
Hi all,
I plan to go to Madrid in the week of the Mutua Madrilena tournament and I want tot know some details if u know:
1. where is the location of the tournament?
2. how nuch does it cost per day/ per week and where can I buy the tickets?
3. are there any cheap recommended hotels or hostels close to the place of the tournament?

thanx for ur help.
Gal

Their web site (http://www.madrid-open.com/en) should tell you everything you need to know, except cheap hostel info. For that, this web site (http://www.esmadrid.com/en/hotels-madrid) might be a place to start.
Good luck!

Respectfully,
masterclass

Kiedis
03-13-2012, 02:46 PM
Hi all,
I plan to go to Madrid in the week of the Mutua Madrilena tournament and I want tot know some details if u know:
1. where is the location of the tournament?

Caja Magica (Magic Box), in the South-East of Madrid
http://maps.google.es/maps?q=caja+m%C3%A1gica+madrid&hl=es&ie=UTF8&ll=40.385259,-3.625488&spn=0.220192,0.528374&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hq=caja+m%C3%A1gica+madrid&radius=15000&t=m&z=12&lci=transit_comp

2. how nuch does it cost per day/ per week and where can I buy the tickets?
http://www.worldticketshop.com/tennis/masters_series_madrid_tickets

3. are there any cheap recommended hotels or hostels close to the place of the tournament?
http://www.hotelisismadrid.com/en_rooms-hotel-madrid.htm

maskedmuffin
05-20-2012, 05:11 AM
hi folks:

perhaps mods can assist which is the best place to place this thread, but i may be in london during that second week of wimbledon and am curious how the "queue" operates?

Since there is no play middle sunday (weather permitting), how early would i need to camp out to have a chance at the centre court tix? I believe there are 500 of those, and 6k grounds pass.


The only link i could find was this one from 2001 (http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/01queue.htm)

Greatly appreciate the feedback from folks who have done this in the recent past.

duchuy89
05-20-2012, 05:38 AM
I love Wimbledon.
Good luck for you.

abollo
05-20-2012, 06:35 AM
In RG a person can only have tickets for max. 2 days only in the center court? Is that true?

Sinerra
05-20-2012, 01:35 PM
hi folks:

perhaps mods can assist which is the best place to place this thread, but i may be in london during that second week of wimbledon and am curious how the "queue" operates?

Since there is no play middle sunday (weather permitting), how early would i need to camp out to have a chance at the centre court tix? I believe there are 500 of those, and 6k grounds pass.


The only link i could find was this one from 2001 (http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/01queue.htm)

Greatly appreciate the feedback from folks who have done this in the recent past.

I went to Wimbledon last year and queued for ground passes in the first week. The first three days of the tournament we got to the queue at 7.40 AM. There were already about 2000 people there queuing for ground passes. Half an hour later there were about 4000 people there. At 8 AM there were about 20 people in the queue for center court tickets for the next day. Around 9 AM there were about 50 people there for center court tickets. But that was the first week of the tournament. Since the matches are better the second week, I think there will be a lot more people. Also, when the weather predictions are good, there will be a lot more people! Last year the weather on the second day was really good. Getting to the queue at the same time as the other two days, there were about 2000 people more! (there's a number on your queue card, that's where I get the numbers from).
I havent queued for center court or for tickets for the second week, but I hope this info will help you a bit anyway. Or maybe other people :)

In RG a person can only have tickets for max. 2 days only in the center court? Is that true?

I went to RG in 2006. Back then you could only apply for tickets for a maximum of two days. I went there with my mom 3 days, so I applied for 2 days on my name and 1 day on my mothers name. Eventually we got tickets for only one day (first day). But they were center court tickets!
The first day of the tournament we bought tickets at the register at the tournament for the next two days. For the second day there were only ground passes available, for the third day we got Suzanne Lenglen tickets. But it should be on the RG website for how many days you can buy tickets. But in 2006 you could only buy for 2 days.
If you want groundpasses or SL court tickets you can buy them there. It nothing like queueing at Wimbledon. We got there at 8.30 AM (gates open at 10) and there were only about 50 people waiting. But then again, this was 2006 ;)

maskedmuffin
05-21-2012, 05:33 AM
thanks for the advice Sinerra. It appears that one has to queue up saturday night for the 2nd monday tix to have realistic center court chance!!!

wow. good to know.

FedererGrandSlam
05-21-2012, 08:29 AM
thanks for the advice Sinerra. It appears that one has to queue up saturday night for the 2nd monday tix to have realistic center court chance!!!

wow. good to know.

Personally, I wouldn't go through the trouble unless you really want to see Murray, Federer and/or Nadal.
The second Monday has all 16 4th round matches so you will do just as well with a Court No.2 ticket which you will probably get by just queueing overnight.

Even a Ground ticket is great value as it will give you access to Courts 3, 12 and 18 where Singles matches will be scheduled - see here: http://2011.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/schedule/schedule15.html

nenfil
07-29-2012, 03:34 PM
I created a thread in Citi Open but It was deleted so I guess tT wasn't right place for that.

I'm in PItssburgh, PA, atm. I couple hours I will head to Washington for two or three days. I was planning to see Citi Open for one day but as I'd rather wait for order of play release before purchasing a ticket I wanted to ask If anyone by any chance know If I can buy a ticket in the day of competition with cash? On what time ticket offices are open?

Also it says that sessions starts on 4 pm on Monday. What does it mean? That there are no matches held on centre court before 4 pm? what about other courts? I'm suprise because Its usully 11 am or noon.

Deathless Mortal
07-29-2012, 03:36 PM
It wasn't deleted, it was moved here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=12262926#post12262926
A moderator already answered your questions.

sweetkit
04-26-2013, 07:56 PM
Hi!
I'm going to Roland Garros for the first time and would really appreciate if you could help me out with some questions I have.
Some questions are regarding attending a tennis tournament in general. I found a thread on the matter, but it seems to be quite outdated, so excuse me for starting a new one.
Most importanly, I'd like to hear from someone who's been to RG in recent years.

1) Would it be ok to have a Chatrier court tickets purchased up until the OOP for the following day is released, and based on the OOP to go or to sell the tickets through viagogo.fr? Could the tickets be sold in such a short term? I sense, they could, and they will, but... I don't know. If you've ever used that ticket exchange website, please do tell from your experience.

2) What if my fave plays on Lenglen (and I don't have tickets for that court), would it be possible to find something on the same viagogo?

3) Cont. of 2) Would it be possible to buy (or exchange Chatrier to Lenglen) tickets right there "from hands" (at the second-hand market)? I realise that's not legal, but maybe works? How serious are they about checking IDs at the entrance?

4) If you have some useful tips, in general, about attending Roland Garros please do share. Such as where to buy better food or what outside courts are more comfy to go to, or just anything you feel may be useful.

5) How do you stalk your favourite players at such events? :D I mean, me and my friend just must see Federer close. I suspect that might be possible during a practice session. How do you know when and where it may be? Do those practices happen on the outside courts?

Hope there will be some answers, and that the information in this thread will be helpful not only for me, newbie, but also for the others who are going to Paris this May. :)

Mountaindewslave
04-27-2013, 06:45 AM
Hi!
I'm going to Roland Garros for the first time and would really appreciate if you could help me out with some questions I have.
Some questions are regarding attending a tennis tournament in general. I found a thread on the matter, but it seems to be quite outdated, so excuse me for starting a new one.
Most importanly, I'd like to hear from someone who's been to RG in recent years.

1) Would it be ok to have a Chatrier court tickets purchased up until the OOP for the following day is released, and based on the OOP to go or to sell the tickets through viagogo.fr? Could the tickets be sold in such a short term? I sense, they could, and they will, but... I don't know. If you've ever used that ticket exchange website, please do tell from your experience.

2) What if my fave plays on Lenglen (and I don't have tickets for that court), would it be possible to find something on the same viagogo?

3) Cont. of 2) Would it be possible to buy (or exchange Chatrier to Lenglen) tickets right there "from hands" (at the second-hand market)? I realise that's not legal, but maybe works? How serious are they about checking IDs at the entrance?

4) If you have some useful tips, in general, about attending Roland Garros please do share. Such as where to buy better food or what outside courts are more comfy to go to, or just anything you feel may be useful.

5) How do you stalk your favourite players at such events? :D I mean, me and my friend just must see Federer close. I suspect that might be possible during a practice session. How do you know when and where it may be? Do those practices happen on the outside courts?

Hope there will be some answers, and that the information in this thread will be helpful not only for me, newbie, but also for the others who are going to Paris this May. :)

a lot of your ticket questions are hard to answer and some frankly better investigated by actually emailing and asking the employees at THE ticket sites who are probably fairly used to these things, in fact they probably have a FAQ (frequently asked questions)

as far as seeing Roger close up! yes they do generally have it publicly listed when big players are practicing and there is often a big audience (you'll be able to find this information easily when there) BUT a warning tons of people show up to watch so you'd have to get there very early

Chirag
04-27-2013, 11:06 AM
Any tips for the US Open ? Like where to buy food and which seats are the best to buy

Mr. President
05-01-2013, 03:59 PM
Hey everyone

I will be in France this year for exchange and given that both my favourite players are playing Basel, it is a must watch tournament for me. Having never watched an ATP Tour match live before I had a few queries and was hoping you guys could help me out:

1) How long before the tournament starts should I book the tickets (the cheapest ones) to avoid disappointment? I will be reaching europe in september and thus will it be wise to buy a ticket then?

2) Why are the tickets for the last three days of the tournament not shown on the site? Are he tickets for the finals weekend generally sold later?

3) What if I buy a ticket now but don't want to go later? Can it be sold/traded somewhere?

Sorry for the very basic questions but I have absolutely no clue about this hence was forced to ask it here.Help will be greatly appreciated :)

motorhead
05-01-2013, 04:03 PM
3)can it be sold/traded somewhere?



of course you can....

thread belongs in the off-topic section though.

florentine
05-01-2013, 04:07 PM
2) Why are the tickets for the last three days of the tournament not shown on the site? Are he tickets for the finals weekend generally sold later?

)

Because they were all sold out on Monday,the 22nd within a quarter of an hour..

tennisprince
05-06-2013, 10:16 AM
Im going for the first time and Im super excited. What is the general rule, how quickly do you have to be there to queue for tickets? what are the chances of not getting a ticket. Also do people really camp there or can you not collect your ticket number and come back?

Please tell me folks :) And also waht was your experiences like, im fairly new here.

Ash86
05-06-2013, 10:22 AM
You need to be in the queue around 7 am for ground passes in the first week. For Centre/Court 1 people usually camp overnight. You can't leave the queue once you're there so no possibility of taking a ticket and coming back later. It's not as painful as it sounds though -- if the weather's good the atmosphere's usually fun with people enjoying themselves while waiting.

I've gotten ground passes in the past and think that's a better move in the first week - lots of great matches on the outer courts, you can watch the matches on centre on the big screen on henman hill and later in the evening there are always returns as people leave centre/court 1 so you can get tickets for £5/£10 to watch the later matches.

tennisprince
05-06-2013, 02:14 PM
I just want to know what other people's experience has been like and how long you have to wiat or be in the queue to get decent enough tickets.

Your feedback would really help me :)

Anyone else going this year?

Motoflou
05-06-2013, 02:27 PM
Sorry, I usually just parachute in and immediately get arrested.

Have fun!

Certinfy
05-06-2013, 02:40 PM
If you want ground passes queuing at like 6.30 in the morning should do.

If you want show court tickets, then well good luck spending overnight there...

latso
05-06-2013, 04:43 PM
I just want to know what other people's experience has been like and how long you have to wiat or be in the queue to get decent enough tickets.

Your feedback would really help me :)

Anyone else going this year?
yeah right...

just admit you're bragging :lol:

:envious: :D

Eden
05-06-2013, 05:00 PM
1) How long before the tournament starts should I book the tickets (the cheapest ones) to avoid disappointment? I will be reaching europe in september and thus will it be wise to buy a ticket then?

I would suggest you to contact the ticket center via phone for more information - you find the number on the tournament homepage.

I hope you will be able to get tickets so that you can attend your first live matches :yeah:


Maybe this thread can be merged with this one:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=155364

decrepitude
05-06-2013, 08:31 PM
I haven't been for the last couple of years, but we used to get ground passes arriving at between 7.30 and 8am. It depends on the day of course, in the first week it is very busy because there are so many matches being played.

Burrow
05-06-2013, 08:44 PM
Massive pain. Sleeping over in tents (and consequently having a complete shambles in more ways than one), being woken up at 6am to queue for a ridiculous amount of time and when you get in you're restricted to a certain part of the facilities, having to wait even more hours for the matches to start. In a demented sort of way it's quite a good experience. The prices are ridiculous. I walked down the road to the local shops to buy anything, as I'm not stupid enough to get ripped off for £7 for a slice of pizza or £7 for "pimms". Who drinks that rubbish anyway?

Wing Man Frank
05-06-2013, 08:46 PM
Pay a homeless man to queue up for you.

Sorted.

Burrow
05-06-2013, 08:49 PM
I nearly got busted for getting my queue number then leaving to go into another part of London for 5 hours or so then came back to the end of the queue to some guy interrogating me. Just do that and write a fake doctors note or something.

B-Nard
05-06-2013, 10:09 PM
I've attended the Australian Open and had a blast. Prepare for awesomeness.

pesto
05-06-2013, 10:38 PM
You probably need to queue overnight for show courts. Ground passes are actually pretty cool up until fourth round, or thereabouts. There's lots going on. Later in the day, you can try the ticket resale booth near court 18, where you might get tickets for show courts after their original purchaser has left the grounds.

If you're there by 8am, you'll probably get a ground pass. In 2010, on the second Monday, which was a beautiful warm sunny day, we got there at 9am and got tickets 7892 and 7893 of 8000 available.

The queue is very well organised. You get given a number, and then sit in a field until your batch is called forward. On a nice day, it can be a perfectly pleasant way to spend a morning, if you have a paper, or a book, or a pack of cards.

While prices for food are expensive inside, they will let you take in your own supplies, including a bottle of wine per person (but no knives, corkscrews etc). So pack a picnic and eat it on Henman Hill, watching the big screen.

Looner
05-06-2013, 10:47 PM
I just want to know what other people's experience has been like and how long you have to wiat or be in the queue to get decent enough tickets.

Your feedback would really help me :)

Anyone else going this year?

Sooo... You have to be there at about 12pm on the day before for the first four days (I have experience for Tues and Thurs) to get CC tickets.

Make sure you bring a tent and a sleeping bag. It would also be nice if you have someone looking after your stuff but there's always stewards walking around.

tripwires
05-07-2013, 01:27 AM
Massive pain. Sleeping over in tents (and consequently having a complete shambles in more ways than one), being woken up at 6am to queue for a ridiculous amount of time and when you get in you're restricted to a certain part of the facilities, having to wait even more hours for the matches to start. In a demented sort of way it's quite a good experience. The prices are ridiculous. I walked down the road to the local shops to buy anything, as I'm not stupid enough to get ripped off for £7 for a slice of pizza or £7 for "pimms". Who drinks that rubbish anyway?

Pimms, when done right, is awesome.

I scored a pair of CC tickets to the second Monday of the tournament through the British Tennis Members ballot, so I won't be queueing. :dance: But those who are queueing - have fun. :D

ProdigyEng
05-27-2013, 10:46 PM
Hi guys,

It's not fully certain that I am going yet, but I am thinking about travelling from the UK to watch some of the Rotterdam ATP 500 tournament in 2014. Since I will have to save up starting now to make this trip possible, I have a few questions to ask to ensure I can get enough money together for the trip.


What is the best mode of travel across to Rotterdam from the UK, based on your past experiences?
Does the tournament do ticket packages for several number of days?
How much on average do tickets cost?
Are the Hotels around Rotterdam cheap, any recommendations?
How far are the hotels from the Ahoy Arena in general?

Trollicki
05-27-2013, 10:49 PM
I don´t know how soon you need this info, but I can look into it for you next week if you want.

ProdigyEng
05-27-2013, 10:50 PM
Not in a massive rush, but would like to plan ahead to make sure I can try and have the money ready.

GSMnadal
05-27-2013, 10:51 PM
Come chill with me in Utrecht, hour from Rotterdam :p

Serve&Volley01
05-27-2013, 10:52 PM
Take the Ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland (pretty close to Rotterdam)

Ahoy stadium is literally just across the Erasmus bridge, take the tram to it from Rotterdam central. I stayed at the Hotel Maritime during my stay by the Erasmus bridge. Be sure to try the raw herring while you are there and go on the pancake boat tour by the Euromast.

The year I went to it (not this year) Federer trashed everyone there :/

Trollicki
05-27-2013, 10:54 PM
Alright, I´ll see what info I can find next week. From the top of my head, the things I do know:

Travelwise, either take a low budget flight (Eindhoven has quite a few connections with GB) or take the ferry from Newcastle/Hull, depends of what is cheaper of course.

I believe they do ticket packages, not sure though.

For a SF three years ago I paid 40 euros. The final was 50 euros if i remember correctly.

Stay in hostels mate, much better alternative. Ahoy is in the south side of the city, no hotels in the immediate vicinity as far as I know, but the city centre is not far away, about 10-15 minutes by tram.

GSMnadal
05-27-2013, 10:58 PM
Agreed on the hostel part. I've stayed in quite a few of them (not in NL obviously) and every single time they've been great. A flight should be doable for around 100 euros I think, depends on where you're coming from. Eindhoven usually is the cheapest.

Trollicki
05-27-2013, 11:01 PM
And one more thing: set your expectations low as far as sightseeing is concerned. Rotterdam is a fairly boring city.

GSMnadal
05-27-2013, 11:04 PM
And one more thing: set your expectations low as far as sightseeing is concerned. Rotterdam is a fairly boring city.

Well, if you're planning to go sightseeing, don't do it in Rotterdam. Not that the rest of the Netherlands is very spectacular in that department.

As for the tickets:

http://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/abn-amro-world-tennis-tournament-2014-tickets/108361?language=en-us&brand=nl_abnamro&tm_link=tm_header_lang2

Here you can see what it'll be

The Prince
05-27-2013, 11:07 PM
Just pointing out that Janowicz perhaps won't be ranked high enough to directly get in, by that time. :p

Trollicki
05-27-2013, 11:08 PM
True, but Utrecht and Amsterdam are still nice to see and have a more relaxed atmosphere IMO. The rest of the country is forgettable, there I agree. Except for Maastricht, but that is much too far away :lol:

Serve&Volley01
05-27-2013, 11:22 PM
I agree Rotterdam is mainly a business city with corporations/office skyscrapers. Amsterdam has the red light district, Delft has the art/culture.

I saw people in Amsterdam getting a 15/20 min quick one for 49 Euros. I thought those were good prices. Beware the really crappy overpriced cannibas at the coffee shops there. I got really really sick. I was there last year to see Murray in Dubai final with a bunch of my mates. Murray lost in straights to Fed god dammit andy. Face-palm* :(