The Frugal Fan's Guide to the US Open
by Jonathan Zeller, 08/15/2012
Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Rejoice—it's almost US Open time. Tennis fans the world over want to find out whether Serena Williams and Andy Murray can carry over their Olympic momentum into the grand slam event. And pop aficionados are itching to hear Carly Rae Jepsen (whose "Call Me Maybe" is your favorite song) perform at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on August 25. In fact, no matter who you are, there's a good chance you're about to contract a serious case of US Open fever: more than 650,000 people attended last year, and more than 53 million watched the event on TV, both to see great tennis and to be part of a sport that has produced icons—like the Williams sisters, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova—who have ascended from mere sports stardom to full-blown celebrity.
Think this glitzy affair must be so expensive that it's out of reach for Joe and Jane Tennis Fan? Think again. You don't need a Bentley limo to get to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center—you can take the 7 train instead. For proof, check out our roundup of events that make the US Open a bona fide bargain. Just make sure you grab your tickets beforehand, since many sessions sell out quickly. Read on for details.
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