With the U.S. Open just days away now NYC is buzzing with, well, tennis and the game's biggest names. If you are in the big apple over the next few days check out these opportunities to see the stars and grab a little court time yourself -- FREE. Yes, that is not a word usually associated with tennis in Manhattan but tis true:
Wednesday, August 26th
"DIRECTV ESPN U.S. Open Experience."
Location: Bryant Park at 42nd and 6th Avenue (temporary DIRECTV built courts)
Meet Venus and Serena Williams, James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, and John McEnroe. The honored guests will play exhibition tennis beginning at 11:00 AM through 1:00 PM. Afterwards the public can test their on-court skills with the help of on site USTA pros.
"Nike Tennis Pros Provide Tips and Guidance to Local Youth/2009 U.S. Open Styles Unveiled "
Location: 23rd Street and Broadway (temporary Nike built regulation court)
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and John McEnroe will meet and challenge local tennis youths and the general public with the experience of returning a pro serve (machine fed). Appearance schedule: 10:15 am-10:45 Roger Federer, 1:30-2:00 PM Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. Athlete styles for the U.S. Open will be revealed.
Sunday, August 30th
"Prince Presents the 2009 Central Park Tennis EXO3bition"
Location: Central Park Tennis Courts, 98th Street /Center of the Park
Prince players Gael Monfils, Bob and Mike Bryan, Daniela Hantuchova, Sam Querrey and more will be on hand to meet, greet and even play with fans. Win prizes and test out the new EXO3 racquets. 12 noon to 2 pm. Loads of freebies and good music.