On Thursday August 22 Fred Howley will lead a group to the qualifying tournament for the last spots in the US Tennis Open at Flushing Meadows ; it is completely free. (rain Date Friday August 23
Because the parking and logistics are cumbersome, we'll take public transportation. MEET AT 11:10 A.M. at the information booth at the upper level at Grand Central Station and take the "7" subway train to the matches.
If you do want to drive down on your own and try to find us, I've put the directions by car off the Open website at the end of this memo and FredI will look for you at Court 11 at 1:00 PM. (We will probably arrive at the Open t around noon and grab a bite inside the comlex at a food court before heading to the matches.) .
The Open is very security conscious ; a list of items they prohibit is listed below. Any questions of any kind , call the Open at[masked]-6200.
All the matches are played on the outer courts, rather than in the stadium or grandstand. Naturally, the top-rated players do not need to qualify so they won't be playing but it is possible they might be practicing.
Because there is little shade and rain protection, a forecast a day or two ahead of either weather in mid or uppter 90s or a significant chance of rain will postpone until Friday. Right now the weather forecast for Thursday is upper 80s s with a 10% chance of rain. If weather should change, watch for an email either dnesday night or Thursday morming- hopefully by 8:30 AM
If you are coming, please let Fred know at [masked] .
IF YOU WANT TO DRIVE (NOT RECOMMENDED)
FROM LONG ISLAND: Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West to Exit 22B - College Point Blvd. At first light, make a right on College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.
FROM CONNECTICUT/WESTCHESTER (OPTION #1): Take I-95 to the Whitestone Bridge to the Whitestone Expressway South. Stay to the left and take the Van Wyck Expressway. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.
FROM CONNECTICUT/WESTCHESTER (OPTION #2): Take I-95 to the Throgs Neck Bridge to I-295/Clearview Expressway South. Exit I-295/Clearview Expressway South at Exit 4 – Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West. Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West to Exit 22B - College Point Blvd. At the first light, make a right on College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking
The following items are prohibited and MAY NOT be brought onto the premises:
sealed packages of any kind;
ALL knapsacks/ALL backpacks ;
hard coolers or like containers;
glass bottles or cans;
aerosol cans or noisemaking devices;
commercial video cameras or recording devices;
computers or laptops;
food (except in limited quantities, or for medical, dietary or infant purposes);
weapons (regardless of permit);
pets (unless a service animal);
flags, banners or signs;
any materials constituting unauthorized advertising or promotion;
laser pointing devices;
bicycles; scooters of any type; in-line skates; roller skates; skateboards;
and any other items deemed unlawful or dangerous by the USTA and/or US Open personnel, in its sole discretion