The United States Open’s five-year, $600 million renovation of the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is complete, so there are no new stadiums to debut or roofs to unveil at this year’s tournament. But the Open has expanded its programming for Fan Week, which began Monday and is free to the public. (Those Fuku fried chicken sandwiches and Honey Deuces, though, you’ll have to pay for.) Here are some of the activities on the schedule.
How to get there: Take the 7 subway line or the Long Island Rail Road to Mets-Willets Point.
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.
An Extra Day of Qualifying
The qualifying tournament started Monday, a day earlier than in years past, and runs through Friday, with 128 men and 128 women competing for 16 spots in each main draw. The players entered in the qualifying tournament this year include veterans like Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Shelby Rogers, Donald Young and Nicolas Mahut. There are young Americans like Taylor Townsend, Tommy Paul and Hailey Baptiste. There are local players like Long Island’s Noah Rubin and Christina McHale of North Jersey. The women’s draw includes a pair of cancer survivors: Vicky Duval, who had Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a teenager, and Nicole Gibbs, who recently returned from treatment for salivary gland cancer.
How to watch: ESPNews, ESPN+
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.
Watch the Stars Practice
Throughout the grounds, top players will be preparing for their opening matches, and not just in front of the small galleries at the practice courts. On Tuesday through Friday beginning at 10 a.m., some ATP and WTA stars will practice at the Grandstand, which seats more than 8,000. Each day’s practice schedule is available on the U.S. Open website. Maria Sharapova is one of the featured players on Tuesday.
For the first time, fans will also be able to watch players practice at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is usually closed to the public until the tournament begins. But fans wishing to attend those practices need to register for a Fan Access Pass on the U.S. Open website.
Wednesday-Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Watch the Legends Play
Unlike the other Grand Slam events, the U.S. Open holds its Legends matches during qualifying week. From Wednesday to Friday, the Grandstand will host a series of matches featuring, among others, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick and Tracy Austin.
Evening entertainment options include D.J. performances from 6 to 8 p.m., and free concerts at 8 p.m. by LANY on Wednesday, Brett Eldredge on Thursday and Leon Bridges on Friday.
Attend the Draw Ceremony
Who will play Serena Williams in the first round? What about Roger Federer’s opponent? Fans can find out at the draw ceremony in the South Plaza of the National Tennis Center. The ceremony is expected to feature appearances by ESPN tennis analysts and the defending singles champions, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Go to the First ‘Open Pride’
The first official pride event for the LGBTQ+ community at Fan Week includes a panel discussion about being out in pro sports, with the former N.B.A. player Jason Collins, the former M.L.B. player Billy Bean, the figure skater Adam Rippon and the tennis players Billie Jean King and Brian Vahaly.
Friday, 11 a.m.
Listen to the Stars at Media Day
For the second year in a row, fans can watch players’ news conferences at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Among those expected to speak are Djokovic, Williams, Federer and Rafael Nadal.
How to watch: ESPN3