US Open Week 1: Q&A with tennis blogger Brian Stacey

Do you think there will be any early upsets like at Wimbledon?
It’s always my fear buying tickets to a tennis event that everyone I want to see will be long gone by the time I sit down to watch the semifinals. I’m sure if you’ve bought your US Open tickets for the second week, you’ve been fearing another Wimbledon-style upset fest. I think we’ll see one or two upsets, but not the bloodbath that was week one of Wimbledon.

IMG_1090On the men’s side, I think the likeliest upset is David Ferrer getting knocked out by Ernests Gulbis in Round 3 – if not before then. Ferrer hasn’t had a great summer and I don’t think an open draw is enough motivation to get him through. He took advantage in Paris only to get rolled by Rafa in the finals. That may get in his head a bit here too. As for earlier upsets, I think the top seven will have no problem making it through the first two rounds.

On the women’s side, I think Kvitova’s good run in New Haven could spell trouble for her second round match against Andrea Petkovic. Petko’s been slowly coming back from injury and, before her absence, was a real presence at slams. I think Petko takes it in three long sets. Ana Ivanovic has a tough second round against Varvara Lepchenko. Lepchenko will have the home crowd behind her and her heavy hitting could be a bit much for Ivanovic.

Roger Federer goes in seeded 7th – how badly does this hurt his chances?
Whether he goes in as the seventh seed or the 107th seed, I think Federer’s chances are always good. Sure, on his worst days, he can lose to 116th Sergiy Stakhovsky, but on his best days, Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The problem with being ranked outside the top four is that Federer has found himself in Rafa’s quarter. Does this destroy his chances? Surely not, but it does make the path significantly harder. At least he’d have an easier Semifinal to rest up for either Djoker or Murray in the finals. Possible matchups aside, Fed’s biggest obstacle isn’t his seventh seed but his back. If he hasn’t fully healed, that could be problematic from the first point of the tournament.

Which American has the best chance at making the finals?
Obviously Serena on the women’s side has the best chance. She’s on fire this summer and probably more motivated than ever to make sure she doesn’t end the season with one lonely slam title. She’s got a tough draw, but if she can make it through Sloane Stephens in the fourth round, she’s golden until the finals against rival Victoria Azarenka.

There’s no way to be anything but bold on the men’s side, so I’ll be very bold: Ryan Harrison. If he makes it through Nadal in the first round, this could be the breakout slam we’ve all been expecting from him. That confidence, along with his big serve and heavy baseline hitting could be just what he needs to see his first major final. Long shot? Definitely, but it really is for all the US men this year.

What are Radwanska’s chances of breaking through?
You could argue that winning one of her three Premier titles would be a breakthough. Or, taking a set off Serena in the 2012 Wimbledon final. But, with so many slamless #1’s, I think it’s fair to say it’s not a breakthrough until you’ve earned that grand slam title. Unfortunately for Agnieska Radwanka, she’s had a rough summer and I’m not sure it’s going to translate to a good run at Flushing Meadows. She’s likely to hit a very tough R4 against Wimbledon Finalist Sabine Lisicki before a quarterfinal matchup against Li Na (or Jelena Jankovic if she finds her form, which may be more worrisome than Li Na). After that, she’d have the semifinals against Serena and Final against Azarenka. With her consistency looking shaky this summer, I’m not sure she has it in her.

Brian Stacey is a longtime tennis fan who joins TicketCity for the two weeks of the US Open to to talk all things tennis & answer your questions via social media during the tournament. Brian tweets his thoughts over at @Roddickulous and blogs when time permits. He still believes that Andy Roddick will win a Wimbledon title and has eternal optimism about US Men’s tennis. When not tweeting about tennis, Brian works to bring the best credit card offers and advice over at CreditCardGuide.com.

2013 U.S. Open tickets 12% More Expensive than 2012

Just about one month in advance of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, many sessions have sold out for America’s Grand Slam event. But with seven countries represented in the current ATP Top 10, it is international flavor, which has created big demand for a taste of U.S. Open tennis tickets.

US Open PricesOverall, 2013 U.S. Open Tennis tickets are averaging $348 per seat, 12% higher than last year’s figure.  Sessions 1-22 of the U.S. Open run through the Men’s and Women’s quarterfinals. The odd-numbered sessions mark the daytime sessions, which kick off at 11am. The even-numbered sessions are those in the evening, which begin at 7pm. In terms of average ticket prices, it is no big surprise that tickets get progressively more expensive as the tournament goes on. However, get-in prices remain relatively inexpensive and rather consistent throughout the first 22 sessions.

Although one might think that U.S. Open tennis tickets to the Men’s Final would be the most expensive session of the tournament, it is actually only the second most expensive. Session 24, containing the Men’s Semifinals and Women’s Doubles Final on Saturday, September 27th, is currently the most expensive session ticket of this year’s U.S. Open, at an average price of $799 dollars and a get-in price of $145.

U.S. Open tennis tickets to the Men’s Final check in at an average price of $744, with a get-in price of $130. In last year’s tournament, fans got to see Andy Roddick, the last American to win the U.S. Open back in 2003, make it all the way to the fourth round before falling victim to 2009 Champion Juan Martin del Potro. Following the loss, Roddick retired from professional tennis. Without an American in the top 19 of the ATP World Tennis Rankings, it looks like tennis fans will once again have to wait yet another year for an American to become the first to win the U.S. Open since Roddick.

Understanding US Open Tennis

If you’ve never been to the US Open, picking the right tickets can be a bit confusing. Between the different courts, times, sessions and locations, it’s definitely enough to make your head spin. But have no fear–TicketCity is here to help!

The infographic below explains the options to give you a better understanding of this championship event that tops many people’s bucket lists. Still have questions? Feel free to give us a call at 1.800.SOLD.OUT for personalized assistance seven days a week. We’d love to be your personal ticket service.

The Week in TicketCity Search – June 11th

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Texas Stars Hockey

College baseball fever is in fully swing, as terms from the ongoing post-season send it to the top. Here in Austin the final Super Regional games play out this weekend, and then it’s on to Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium for the College World Series. The combination of searches for all these terms made for a big win for College Baseball.

For a surprisingly strong #2, we have our local AHL franchise, the Texas Stars. Though the Blackhawks can put the Stanley Cup on their mantle for a year or so, the Stars are still engaged with the Hershey Bears for the second oldest trophy in pro hockey, the Calder Cup. The Bears have a long history with the Cup, scoring the most wins, 10, in AHL history.

The usual concert performing suspects appear at 3 and 4, flipped once more. Wicked rounds out the top 5, returning likely due to touring shows starting up in Dallas and Houston over the next couple months.

The bottom 5 is a mix to returning favorites and championships, with the World Cup and NBA Finals clinging to the lower half, while the recent release of US Open tennis tickets has fueled some interest there. And, for some reason, Phish is back.

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2 - Texas Stars
3 3 Justin Bieber
4 2 Lady Gaga
5 - Wicked
6 - Phish
7 - US Open
8 5 World Cup
9 - NBA Finals
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The Week in TicketCity Search – September 4th

Another fairly big shake up, though one that isn’t all that unexpected. The Texas Longhorns take college football to the top of the countdown, as this weekend is Texas’ season opener against Louisiana-Monroe right here at DKR Memorial Stadium. Local Austinites are welcome to drop by the TicketCity tailgate, located on San Jacinto, 1 block South of MLK. Look for the large blue TicketCity trailer, large green TicketCity truck, tents, and banners. Good times are had by all, as photos from last year’s inaugural tailgate indicate.

A recent stranger to the top 5, Miley Cyrus returns, while demand for Taylor Swift tickets only ebbs a bit, and she drops to #3. Lil Wayne and U2 eclectically round out the top 5. The US Open just got underway this week, so the United States primer tennis championship found its way into the bottom 5. The tournament is 2 weeks of the best tennis in the world, and there’s more than enough time to secure some great tickets to the later rounds.

Finally, our newcomer this week is bit more recognizable stateside than Kings of Leon were last week. That would be Kiss. Though Kiss haven’t exactly been absent the touring circuit for some time, they haven’t released any new material in 11 years, since Psycho Circus, which, naturally, I remember more for the first-person shooter tie-in game than the album itself. (Have fun Wikisurfing from there, I recommend Ion Storm to start.) The new album, Sonic Boom, is set to drop in October, so interest in the band’s upcoming tour is spiking in anticipation.

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2 10 Miley Cyrus
3 2 Taylor Swift
4 - Lil Wayne
5 - U2
6 - US Open
7 1 Wicked
8 - KISS
9 6 Dallas Cowboys
10 5 Alabama Football