This question involves some ordering of preferences. Would you rather see a top-five player up close, or would you rather just binge on tennis from gates open to gates close? (Tennis writer P.J. Simmons has an information-heavy, granular approach to assessing your needs, which is worth visiting if you’re looking for a highly curated experience.) In addition, the US Open has a great variety of ticket options available that won’t hurt your wallet.
The day sessions involve tennis on all courts, whereas night sessions are held in Louis Armstrong Stadium (for the first six nights) or Arthur Ashe Stadium, typically featuring big stars. The new Louis Armstrong Stadium, which opened in 2018, featured some of the biggest names in tennis last year, including Naomi Osaka, Juan Martín del Potro, Maria Sharapova and Stan Wawrinka.
If you’re hoping to see one player in particular, you might want to watch the US Open app like a hawk in order to figure out when they’re playing. Ticket prices escalate as the field gets smaller, so if you’re in it for tennis volume and you don’t mind seeing a great player take on a humongous underdog, the first week of the tournament is one of the best values. Fan Week, which is also held on the Flushing grounds and is free to the public, is also a great way to see interesting young players and qualifiers.
However, there’s nothing like sitting close for a huge match, a semi or a final, and feeling the on-court emotions radiate throughout the stadium. So while lower-level match tickets at Ashe might not ostensibly scan as a great deal, the splurge is worth it—that value is immense.
If that idea doesn’t register for you, every single seat at Louis Armstrong Stadium has a great view of the action for a fraction of the price.