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Tennis fans, the time has come. The U.S. Open is upon us so prepare for the city and the web to be abuzz with names like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and of course, Serena Williams. New Yorkers can also expect unusually crowded seven trains filled with fans en route to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to watch players battle it out for grand slam greatness.

For urbanites who want to witness the amazing rallies but don’t want to head to Queens to do so, there are options all around Manhattan to watch the matches. High rise hotel Eventi will offer screenings of the tournament both inside and outside, via a giant screen in their outdoor plaza. Dempsey’s Pub in the East Village will be celebrating by offering drink specials for the two week tournament. There are also a host of other hotels/ restaurants in various parts of the city that will be offering viewings and specials including the W New York, the Peninsula New York, Virgil’s Barbecue and The Westin New York at Times Square. So whether you are a diehard fan who is ready to watch as many matches as you can at Flushing Meadows or you are scouting for places to watch the games and enjoy drink specials simultaneously, the US Open is sure to offer an entertaining couple of weeks for city goers.

-by Johanna Silver 

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