Countdown to the US Open

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With one week left to go, tennis fans are gearing up for what many - including Andy Roddick’s coach – claim will be one of the best US Open tournaments in history.  Nadal is back after recovering from knee injuries and looking strong.  Andy Murray is now ranked No. 2 in the world and Federer’s newly found fatherhood seems to suit him well.

What has made this grand slam different than past years?  Well the recent US Open series tournaments have produced rare matchups in the series history.  The top 8 ranked men in the world all reached the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal for the first time since 1972.  Then in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Financial in Cincinatti No. 1 Federer faced No. 2 Murray while No. 3 Nadal battled No. 4 Djokovic.  This was also the strongest playing field in Cincinnati’s history.  Accecpting only 44 men and 45 women directly, the lowest ranked man on the premliminary list was No. 44 while the lowest ranked female was No. 49.

Results of those previous tournaments:

Rogers Cup – Montreal, Canada
Men’s Singles: A. Murray (defeating J. Del Potro)
Women’s Singles: E. Dementieva (defeating M. Sharapova)
Men’s Doubles: D. Nestor/N. Zimonjic (defeating B. Bryan/M. Bryan)
Women’s Doubles: N. Llagostera Vives/M. Martinez Sanchez (defeating S. Stosur/R. Stubbs)

Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women’s Open – Cincinatti, OH
Men’s Singles: R. Federer (defeating N. Djokovic)
Women’s Singles: J. Jankovic (defeating D. Safina)
Men’s Doubles: M. Bhupathi/M. Knowles (defeating M. Mirnyi/A. Ram)
Women’s Doubles: C. Black/L. Huber (defeating N. Llagostero Vives/M. Martinez Sanchez

This week, the world’s top players are taking a break while others are using the Piolot Pen as the last warm-up tournament before next week’s grand slam.

Don’t miss out on what could potentially be a historic year for the US Open!  Tickets to the US Open are still available for all sessions.  This is also the last week to purchase rain-out insurance.

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Wimbledon Kicks Off Today!

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In it’s 132nd year, the Grand Slam tournament of tournaments begins with all the fanfare of previous years despite the economic downturn.  As the oldest and most prestigious tournament in tennis returns to the All England Club, record crowds are expected this year at the grass courts.  The Telegraph reported that thousands of fans are expected to join the already increased applications for the annual ticket ballet.  With applications up 20% compared to last year, tennis fans prove their loyalty to the sport.

From today until July 5th tennis stars from across the world will compete for the coveted title. So who are the top ten seeded singles players?

Current Rank Men’s Singles Women’s Singles
1 - Dinara Safina
2 Roger Federer Serena Williams
3 Andy Murray Venus Williams
4 Novak Djokovic Elena Dementieva
5 Juan Martin Del Potro Svetlana Kuznetsova
6 Andy Roddick Jelena Jankovic
7 Fernando Verdasco Vera Zvonareva
8 Gilles Simon Victoria Azarenka
9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Caroline Wozniacki
10 Fernando Gonzalez Nadia Petrova

You’ll notice that the #1 seeded player, Rafael Nadal, is not on the list.  Bad knees were the cause of his early exit from the French Open and now even earlier cancellation for Wimbledon. As Nadal nurses the tendinitis in his knees, Federer is the favorite to win but must get past Murray and Djokovic before doing so…

 Our partner NBCSports.com will be offering free on-demand live streaming of the matches but for a better view, be there!  We’ve got Wimbledon tickets available.  Can’t justify the cost or time flying overseas?  Head New York to the US Open in late August. We’ve got tickets starting as low as $32!

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Struggling to find a great Father’s Day gift for dear old dad?  TicketCity can make finding something your Dad will really enjoy easier than ever.  From sports and concerts, to a gift card that he can use for any event, we’ve got you covered.  Take a look at some of our most popular events right now that your dad might enjoy:

10.  US Open Golf  Tickets are still available for this week’s event, and yet another potential Tiger and Phil battle.

9.   Aerosmith/ZZ Top  If your Dad’s a rocker, surprise him the chance to experience the A to Z Tour.

8.  College World Series  Todays games will take us one exciting step closer to the championship in Omaha.

7.  Billy Joel & Elton John  Cleveland, Boston, Seattle and Southern Calfornia still remain on their tour calendar.

6.   US Open Tennis  One of the best times of the year to visit NYC if your Dad’s a tennis fan.

5.  Eric Clapton  Get ‘em before he’s gone; tour dates only continue throughout June!

4.  NFL Football  Tailgates and touchdowns aren’t far away; be sure your dad is there to see his team this season.

3. Bruce Springsteen  Who doesn’t love The Boss?  A gift sure to please any father.

2.  College Football  Game tickets, season tickets end even some bowl tickets are available now.

And finally, our most popular Father’s Day gift…

1.  Ticket City Gift Cards  Good for all of the events above or any other event your Dad chooses, this gift is sure to please!

And remember for whatever event your father might enjoy, he’ll always need someone to go with him.  So this Father’s Day make your gift a present for yourself or the family as well.  Plan an experience for the whole family to enjoy. Need help with some more ideas?  Visit www.ticketcity.com or call 1-800-SOLD-OUT and one of our sales associates will help you find the perfect gift to make this Father’s Day one that Dad will remember!

Best Values For Unforgettable Sports Experiences in 2009

 

Attending championship events doesn’t have to break the bank.  TicketCity offers these tips to experience unforgettable sports events this Spring at budget-friendly prices.

 

Sony Ericsson Open

Tickets from $29 & up

March 25-April 5, 2009

Miami, FL

Calling all tennis fans, here’s your chance to see your favorite players at a fraction of the price of the US Open or Wimbledon.

 

Men’s NCAA Final Four Championship Game

Tickets from $150 & up       

Sunday, April 6

Detroit, MI

Compared to years past, more seats with better views at Ford Field means being there for the Final Four is within your reach.

 

Masters ½ Day Tournament Badge

Tickets starting at $450 

Thursday – Sunday, April 9 – 12

Augusta, GA

Golf’s premiere green jacket event becomes affordable when you opt for half-day badges or practice rounds, which start at just $75.

Kentucky Oaks

$85 & up

Friday, May 1st

Louisville, KY

This locals’ event often proves to be even more fun than the weekend’s Derby headliner – and it will cost you 40% less.

Regular Season Major League Baseball

$10 & up

April – June

Various Dates

At these prices, America’s game is affordable fun for the entire family.  Queens and the Bronx are sights to see this Spring with the unveiling of new stadiums for both the Yankees and the Mets

 

Get your tickets today for these events and more at TicketCity