Thumbnail image for us open.jpgThe biggest sports and entertainment event of the summer returns to New York as the world’s best tennis players descend upon Flushing Meadows in Queens for the 2011 US Open. Beginning on Monday, August 29th through Sunday, September 11th, defending champions Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters will attempt to repeat their 2010 triumphs in this major in front of one of the liveliest crowds in all of sports.
If you live in the tri-state area or are planning a trip to NY in August, you should definitely check out these kid-friendly, free events:
On Tuesday, August 23rd, a week before the main draw tournament, the qualifying rounds will be completely FREE to the public. Now everyone can enjoy a true US Open experience, as for the first time, the entire USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will be up and running for the qualifying rounds. Fans can enjoy world-class tennis and entertainment, wonderful restaurants, special events and attractions, all without having to buy a ticket to the US Open.
On August 26th, the Friday before the main draw tournament starts, the USTA will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people hitting a tennis ball with a racquet at 9am at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. Over 500 people are expected to come out and join US tennis star Mardy Fish as they attempt to join the record books. This event, which is co-hosted by the USTA and Wilson, is free, open to the public and fans are encouraged to come and be a part of this amazing event.
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