Karolina Pliskova, Brisbane 2019

Rallying from 6-4 5-3 down, only one game from defeat, Karolina Pliskova battled back to defeat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 7-5 6-2 and clinch her second Brisbane title, her 12th overall. She defeated  Yulia Putintseva, Marie Bouzkova, Ajla Tomljanovic and Donna Vekic en route to the final.
The first time Pliskova won the Brisbane title in 2016, she went on to make the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Hopefully for her, she’ll best that performance this year.
Her opponent in the final, Lesia Tsurenko caused a huge upset ousting US Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4 in the semifinals. Despite her loss, the Japanese will return to her career-high number 4 ranking.

Elina Svitolina was the defending champion, but lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich – in a repeat of last year’s final – in the second round.

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Photo credit: Andrew Robertson

Kei Nishikori NikeCourt Vapor X

The NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X LTR PE “Nishikori” pays tribute to Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the most successful male Japanese tennis player in tennis history.
The wave print on the upper references Nishikori’s hometown of Matsue, which translates roughly to “Water City.” The sock liner print is an ode to Japanese cherry blossoms. “NikeCourt” appears in Katakana syllabary on the shoelaces.

Kei Nishikori NikeCourt Vapor X

The NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X LTR PE “Nishikori” will release globally October 1 on nike.com and at select retailers.

Source: Nike

Roland Garros 2017

You managed to get French Open tickets? Here are a few tips to help you have the best of day at Roland Garros. Some advices might sound obvious, but forewarned is forearmed!

Be prepared

– verify you assigned correctly the name of the ticket holder on each ticket
– don’t forget your ID or passport with the name matching the name on your ticket
– check out the list of prohibited items: no cans, no glass bottles, no bottle over 1,5l, no stroller…
– check out weather predictions and prepare your bag accordingly
– bring some food and some water bottles you can refill at the drinking fountains
– print the order of play and write down the matches you’d like to watch
– have a look at the map of the grounds, and spot where the information stands, restrooms and drinking fountains are located
– follow @MyRG on twitter to know what’s going on inside the stadium

In the queue

– arrive early, you might have to queue a bit to enter the stadium (I had to queue 40 minutes the last days of the qualies)
– you can’t access directly your gate, you have to go through a security checkpoint before arriving at your gate and go through bag check, metal detector and body check
– be nice and polite with security guards, they’re only doing their job
– don’t jump the queue: 1. you’ll look like an asshole 2. people will make you understand (more or less nicely) where the queue starts 3. security guards will make you understand where the queue starts

In the stadium

– pick up Roland Garros daily program: it’s free, usually located near your entry gate and features the order of play, a map of the grounds, the schedule of animations…
– if you have any question, go to the information stand (near the Lenglen and the Chatrier)
– don’t lose your countermark ticket, especially if you have a seat on one of the show courts, you need to show it to the hostess to enter the court
– if you have a bit of time, have a walk around the grounds, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere and you might also see players at practice

Watching matches

– don’t take someone else’s seat. If someone took your seat, gently say: excusez-moi c’est ma place, and show him/her your seat number on your ticket
– put your mobile phone on silent
– if you’re a newbie tennis fan, I urge you to read Grandslamgal’s tennis spectator etiquette
– applaud the ball boys, linesmen and umpire when they enter the court
– you might be surprised that the crowd tends to boo and whistle a lot, sometimes you won’t understand why, and they probably don’t know why either
– the crowd likes its mexican wave too, sometimes they do la ola because they have fun and enjoy the match and sometimes because they are so bored they want to have some action
– don’t forget your bags when you leave your seat

To end up this post, a few usuful French words:
bonjour hello
s’il vous plaît please
merci thanks
droite right
gauche left
les toilettes restrooms
parlez vous anglais? do you speak English?
où est ma place s’il vous plaît? where is my seat please?

Enjoy your day at Roland Garros, and please share your story and pictures.

How to buy US Open tickets

Roland Garros is fast approaching, but it’s nearly time to book your tickets for the US Open! Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets. If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to answer.

The events

Roger Federer, US Open 2017
Qualifyings – 19 to 23 August 2019

Access to the qualifying tournament, the week before the main tournament starts, is free. It is also the best time to watch top players practicing.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – 24 August 2019

Kids and their families can enjoy free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, the live tennis and music show features exhibition matches and skills competitions with top players, as well as musical performances.
Learn more at http://www.arthurashekidsday.com/.

US Open – 26 August to 8 September 2019

Hot, loud, electric, the US Open is a tournament like no other, and has been the scene of some of the craziest tennis matches, like the infamous McEnroe-Nastase in 1979, or Jimmy Connors’ run to the semifinals in 1991.
The Billie Jean King center, home of the US Open, has transformed a lot in the recent years: Arthur Ashe Stadium now has an amazing retractable roof, a new 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium (also with a retractable roof) was completed in time for the 2018 US Open, the new Grandstand debuted in 2016, and 10 outside courts were renovated.

The courts

US Open
Arthur Ashe Stadium

With a capacity of 23,771 seats, the Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis facility in the world. With the retractable roof added in 2016, there’s no risk anymore to have to play the men’s final on a Monday or Tuesday! Check out Arthur Ashe’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Louis Armstrong Stadium

The new Louis Armstrong Stadium debuted in 2018 with 14,061 seats and a retractable roof. Check out Louis Armstrong’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Grandstand

The new Grandstand, a 8,125 seat stadium which opened in 2016, is the third largest stadium in the Center, and replaces the Old Grandstand, torn down in 2018. Check out Grandstand’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Outer courts

Outer courts allow you to see the players up close and personal.
Read more:
Finding the right court at the US Open requires a strategy
A day in the life of court 15

The tickets

Nadal, US Open 2017

Individual tickets

Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 3. American Express Card Members will have access to an early on-sale starting Monday, May 28, and running through Saturday, June 1.

The US Open sells separate tickets for day matches and night matches.
A day session ticket allows you to enter the grounds from 9.30 am (11 am on Finals weekend) and stay as long as you like. The first match starts at 11am.
A night session ticket allows you to enter the grounds from 6pm. Night matches start at 7pm.

There are 4 different types of day session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium along with first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all the outer courts.
Louis Armstrong Stadium: assigned seat in Louis Armstrong Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to the Grandstand and all the outer courts. Louis Armstrong tickets are only sold for the first nine days of the tournament.
Grandstand Stadium: assigned seat in the Grandstand Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to all the outer courts. Grandstand tickets are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.
Grounds Admission: provides first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all the outer courts. Grounds Admissions are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.

and two types of evening session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a given evening.
Louis Armstrong Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Louis Armstrong Stadium on a given evening. Louis Armstrong tickets are only sold for the first nine days of the tournament.

Ticket plans

Each plan is different in that they each cover a different number of day and/or evening sessions. You will be automatically invoiced for the same seat(s) the following year and opt to keep the same seat(s) for the duration of your plan or even request an opportunity to upgrade.

Arthur Ashe plans:
full series: all sessions, Monday 26 August to Sunday 8 September. From $2,200.
first week: 9 sessions, Monday 26 August to Friday 30 August. From $550.
opening sessions: 5 sessions, every first-round session, Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 August. From $360.
evening sessions: 14 sessions, all evening sessions plus Finals weekend. From $1,100.
pre-holiday: 4 sessions, Wednesday 28 August to Friday 30 September. From $270.
holiday weekend: 7 sessions, Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September. From $550.
holiday evening: 4 sessions, Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September. From $330.
championship week: 8 sessions, Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 September. From $750.

Ashe plans include first-come, first-serve access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand and all outer courts.

Louis Armstrong plans:
full series: 15 sessions, including 6 evening sessions, Monday 26 August to Tuesday 3 September.
day sessions: 9 sessions, Monday 26 August to Tuesday 3 September.

Armstrong plans include first-come, first-served access to Grandstand and all outer courts.

Grandstand plan:
– 8 sessions, Monday 26 August to Monday 2 September. It includes first-come, first-served access to Grandstand and all outer courts. $675.

Pricing shown is for reference only from 2016.

Official travel packages

Learn more at www.tours4tennis.com or call 1-800-258-3664 or 1-858-675-3555.

Booking limits

For individual tickets, there is a limit of:
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual day session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium day session tickets in total
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual night session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium night session tickets in total
– 8 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets per session
– 16 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets in total
– 8 Grounds Admission tickets per session
– 16 Grounds Admission tickets in total

There is an 8 ticket limit per account for ticket plans, with the exception of Grandstand where there is a 4 ticket limit per account.

How to order tickets

Crowd at the US Open

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office

You can buy tickets directly on site. Starting July 12, the Box Office will be open every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm until the start of the tournament.

Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster  is the only authorized seller for US Open tickets online. Tickets are on sale here.

Resale

The USTA has partnered with the US Open Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster, to serve as the exclusive resale partner for the US Open. Ticket holders now have the opportunity to resell their unused tickets in a secured fan-to-fan environment.

Photo credit: Chih-Yao Hsu (1), Shinya Suzuki (2,5), Faberg Tour Experience (3), Marianne Bevis (4)

How to buy French Open resale tickets

You didn’t manage to get the tickets you wanted for the upcoming French Open? You’ve got a second chance: the resale tickets. And actually a third chance with the last minute tickets sale opening on May 7.
Don’t use unofficial reseller sites like viagogo or stubhub because: a) you can never be sure tickets solid on those sites are actually valid tickets b) you’d buy them at a higher price than their face value.

There’s in fact no difference between ordering resale tickets or “normal” tickets.

1. Connect to your Roland Garros account

.. or set one up if needed

2. Click on Order, select a day and court

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

3. Select an offer

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

4. Validate your order

… or select more tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

5. Select additional services

… like parking or food. If you want my two cents: bring your own food and take the metro to get to the stadium.

6. Enter your payment details

How to buy French Open resale tickets

and that’s it. You’ll soon receive a mail with all the details of your order. Don’t forget to assign each ticket to a ticket holder!

If you have any question, feel free to ask below, I’ll do my best to answer.