The last Grand Slam of the season, the U.S. Open always attracts the top talent looking to flush out their rankings and purses—not to mention their endorsement deals—before the break. This year, the top seeds are Novak Djokovic, the current Australian Open and Wimbledon champ, and Caroline Wozniacki, but don’t rule out defending champion Rafael Nadal (Kim Clijsters, last year’s women’s winner, withdrew due to an injury). While the finals are mega-exciting, perhaps the most fun can be had by coming out early and enjoying the terrific amenities of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. StubHub is the best bet for tickets, as they tell you how many they are offering for each day (prices start at $9 for early matches and $19 for the later events). More information at usopen.org.
Aug. 29-Sept. 11, 2011