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USTA Open Fan Week returning with tennis, star-studded events and activities

Aug. 2, 2023 By Carlotta Mohamed

US Open Fan Week, a predominantly free week of activity, will begin with the start of the 2023 US Open Qualifying Tournament on Aug. 22 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 

Each day of Fan Week will be anchored by a signature event that runs the gamut from tennis stars and legends to a food festival, a concert and includes the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, the largest grassroots tennis event in the world.

Entry to the grounds is free each day of Fan Week, with the US Open Qualifying Tournament taking place from Tuesday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 25, on the field courts of the US Open. The 128-draw tournament determines the final 16 men and 16 women competitors to gain entry into the Main Draw of the US Open. 

The Main Draw begins on Monday, Aug. 28.

Fans can also enjoy featured practices in Grandstand, Louis Armstrong Stadium and Arthur Ashe Stadium. Access is free to the featured practices, and fans can watch how the biggest stars in tennis prepare for a Grand Slam event. 

Carlos Alcaraz during the Tennis Plays For Peace event at the 2022 US Open, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in Flushing, NY.

To gain entry to Arthur Ashe Stadium and the Ashe Stadium Experience, fans will need to download the free Fan Access Pass – a digital pass that grants special access to fans during US Open Fan Week. Registration is open now at fanpass.usopen.org, with the new ability to download your pass to your mobile wallet for easy access at Fan Week. 

This year, Fan Access Pass experiences include access to the Arthur Ashe Stadium Experience, access to the Media Day Fan Event on Friday, Aug. 25, VIP seats to a number of events, including Grandstand practices, and Tuesday’s Legends of the Open exhibition.

Also new this year will be an expanded distribution of Wilson youth tennis racquets.  Last year, 1,000 free racquets were given to kids on Kids’ Day. This year, to celebrate 45 years of partnership with the US Open, Wilson is donating 10,000 junior racquets to be given away to kids during Fan Week. Adults must register for a Fan Access Pass to pick them up on-site. Check back in August for additional reservation details.

All US Open concessions will be open during Fan Week, as will the majority of the on-site sponsor booths and activities to ensure all those attending US Open Fan Week can enjoy a true US Open experience.Last year nearly 112,000 fans attended US Open Fan Week, including more than 35,000 in a record-setting Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

FAN WEEK SIGNATURE EVENTS 

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m. 

Legends of the Open presented by Moderna (Free event) 

Louis Armstrong Stadium

Venus Williams attempts the Dude Perfect Kiddie Pool Challenge during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the 2022 US Open, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 in Flushing, NY.(Darren Carroll/USTA)

A free-to-attend exhibition match featuring James Blake, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki.

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 7-9 p.m.

Stars of the Open Exhibition Match to Benefit Ukraine Relief  (Ticketed event)

Louis Armstrong Stadium

Carlos Alcaraz during the Tennis Plays For Peace event at the 2022 US Open, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in Flushing, NY.(Mike Lawrence/USTA)

A ticketed exhibition match featuring some of the biggest names in tennis to benefit Ukraine relief. Participants are Carlos Alcaraz, Elina Svitolina, Frances Tiafoe, John McEnroe, Chris Eubanks and additional players to be announced.

Thursday, Aug. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Louis Armstrong Stadium (Concourse)

Flavors of the Open (Ticketed event to Benefit USTA Foundation)

A general view of fans waiting to take photos with Dude Perfect during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the 2022 US Open, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 in Flushing, NY.(Mike Lawrence/USTA)

Returning for a second year in 2023, “Flavors of the Open” is a chance to experience the US Open’s wide-ranging culinary offerings. Attendees can interact with a record-number of celebrity chefs and food offerings.

Chef Participants: Alex Guarnaschelli, Josh Capon, David Burke, Pat LaFrieda, Masaharu Morimoto, Kwame Onwuachi, Melba Wilson, James Kent. 

Player Participants: Bryan Brothers, James Blake, Caroline Wozniacki.  

Friday, Aug. 25, 12-2 p.m.

US Open Media Day (Free event)

Arthur Ashe Stadium

Carlos Alcaraz speaks in an interview during Media Day at the 2022 US Open, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 in Flushing, NY.(Dustin Satloff/USTA)

The game’s biggest stars will participate in US Open Media Day inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. For the second straight year, a portion of the event will be completely focused on the fans, with those inside Arthur Ashe Stadium hearing directly from the players (Fans must register for this event via Fan Pass; Visit USOpen.org for more details).

Participants: Carlos Alcaraz, Iga Swiatek, Frances Tiafoe, Coco Gauff, and more to be announced.

Sounds of the Open presented by CHASE (Free ticketed event)

South Plaza, 8-9 p.m. 

A free concert (artist to be announced) on the Fan Week Center Stage as the Qualifying Tournament concludes, turning the South Plaza into an open-air concert venue. LANY, Leon Bridges and DNCE have performed in past years.

Christopher Eubanks on the Fan Week Stage during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the 2022 US Open, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 in Flushing, NY.(Mike Lawrence/USTA)

Saturday, Aug. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (Free event)

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Grounds

The long-running Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which honors Arthur Ashe’s legacy of instilling the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence alongside promoting the sport of tennis to young people, will take place on Saturday, August 26, with kids and family activities all throughout the grounds.

The Net Generation Kids’ Zone presented by Emirates around the grounds at the 2022 US Open, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in Flushing.(Allison Joseph/USTA)

Sunday, Aug. 27 

Open Practice Day (Free event)

Dude Perfect high fives a kid during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the 2022 US Open, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 in Flushing, NY.(Mike Lawrence/USTA)

Watch players practice as they prepare for the US Open main draws throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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