The US Open is officially underway, and the best tennis players in the world will battle at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, Queens for their chance at hoisting the fourth and final Grand Slam trophy of the year. With 22 sessions left to play, a massive demand for tickets still exists on the secondary market. The average secondary market price for 2015 US Open tickets on TicketIQ is now $470.39.
Perhaps the biggest upset during Day 1 on Monday was Kei Nishikori’s elimination at the hands of Benoît Paire, who took out the fourth-seeded Japanese star 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4. Nishikori made it to last year’s final against Marin Cilic. Ana Ivanovic, a former No. 1-ranked female player, and Karolina Pliskova, this year’s eighth seed, were also eliminated on the Women’s side by Monday night.
With 12 days of action still left, expect to pay big as the tournament inches closer to the respective finals. According to TicketIQ the average price for Women’s final tickets onSeptember 12 is now $993.75 and the get-in price is $164. It is the first time that the Women’s side is more expensive than the Men’s, as Men’s final tickets the following day average $927.21 and the cheapest ticket is $187.
That notable price jump is likely due to Serena Williams’ pursuit of the calendar year Grand Slam. Should Williams claim this year’s US Open title, she would become just the fourth female player to achieve such a feat. Only Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf have done so in the past. A US Open victory would also cement the 22ndGrand Slam win of her career, which would tie her with Graf for second most all-time behind Court’s 24.
With Serena Williams on Brink of History, 2015 US Open Tickets Up 25% From 2014 on Secondary Market
Just over a week remains before the 2015 US Open Tennis Championship begins at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. The final Grand Slam of the year will be chocked to the brim with storylines, none greater than Serena Williams’ quest to become just the third female player to claim all four majors in the same calendar year. Reigning Men’s champion Marin Cilic will look to defend his title against the world’s best over the two-week affair in Flushing, and ticket prices are remaining firm on the secondary market.
Over the 24-session affair between August 31and September 13, the average secondary price for 2015 US Open tickets on TicketIQ is $383.16. That marks just a 1.3% climb from last Friday’s average of $378.22. Last year the tournament averaged a $304.35 ticket, marking a 25.9% year-over-year jump.
Session 1 US Open tickets now average $196.35 and the cheapest ticket available is $74. Session 2, which will also be held on August 31, own a secondary market average of $174.33 and a get-in price of $32.
If searching for Men’s and Women’s Final tickets, expect to pay big. According to TicketIQ the average secondary price for Women’s Final tickets, which honor theSeptember 12 match, now average $825.17 and start at $145. The Men’s Final will be held one day later, and the average secondary price for Men’s Final tickets is $854.97. The cheapest ticket for the tournament’s finale is $187.
A US Open win would put Williams in coveted company. Only three other players have won all four Grand Slam majors in the same year. The last to do so was Steffi Graf in 1988, who was preceded by Margaret Court in 1970 and Maureen Connelly Brinker in 1953.