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Posted: August 21, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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I like to think of my show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, as the quintessential New York show. There are many things I relish about The Big Apple, particularly that it is a city of extremes. You can chow down on a $295 burger at Serendipity 3 or enjoy the best falafel sandwich in the world for $2.50. At Mamoun’s naturally. Next week, the United States Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the 2012 season, kicks off in Flushing, Queens. Tickets go for $50 to thousands of dollars per session, depending on what day you go and where you’re seated. But, like I said, New York can crush your wallet or sometimes it can be very kind. That’s why this week is my favorite part of the US Open.
You can head out to the USTA Billie Jean King National Center — take the 7 train for just the cost of a subway ride — over the next few days, and you can watch many of the players who will be in the tournament next week play in the qualifying rounds. For FREE. And, you can sit thisclose to many of the courts and enjoy high quality tennis without setting you back any dough. The players in the qualifying draw just missed the ranking cutoff for the main draw. Now, they battle it out for three rounds for the chance to make at least $23,000 (first round prize money).
And, to help you out further, here are a couple of matches and players you should check out if you go out there today. Former world #1 Rafael Nadal hasn’t played tennis since his surprise second round loss at Wimbledon. You can see Lukas Rosol, the man that sent him packing, as he takes on Kamil Capkovic today. Magdalena Rybarikova, who is seeded no. 1 in the women’s qualifying draw (essentially she was the highest ranked player not to make the main draw), takes on French veteran Julie Coin, who isn’t afraid to come into the net. I expect Alex Kuznetsov-Karol Beck match to be a barn burner. Check out Aravane Rezai, who was ranked as high as No. 15 in the world, take on China’s Saisai Zheng.
And if you cannot, make it today, go tomorrow. It surely is one of the best values in New York. In all of tennis actually. Have fun!
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