For the first time ever, I will be attending a pro tennis tournament... and it's the U.S. Open! I am very excited and eager to make the best of my experience.
I'll be traveling as part of a day trip by bus from south-central PA. Departure is at 7:00 AM and we'll depart the grounds circa 6:00 PM - so, no evening tennis (alas!), but a rather full day nevertheless. I'll have a reserved ticket to Arthur Ashe stadium for third-round matches this Saturday, August 30.
I have seen this recent question
, I have read L. Jon Wertheim's 2014 guide
for fans, and I've also seen the official US Open guide
What else should I know before I go to make the most of this visit? I plan to bring sunscreen, an empty collapsible water bottle, my phone, and likely a book; the bag policy looks restrictive, so I am planning to wear cargo shorts (practicality before fashion!); I'll pick up a program and draw sheet; I'll pay the premium for food and drink while on the grounds (any suggestions? I'm not too picky); I'd like to walk around the grounds (will I be able to watch matches on courts other than Arthur Ashe with my Ashe ticket?); etc. I'd love to see a mix of men's and women's, and singles and doubles, matches.
Thanks in advance for any tips!