2012 US Open Tennis Championships
Tennis fever will once again take over New York City next week as the US Open begins play in Queens on Monday, August 27. Did you know?
- Nearly 713,000 people attended the US Open in 2010 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, the biggest tennis stadia in the world, with 20 outdoor courts and a 245,000-square-foot indoor facility.
- The tournament has risen in popularity each year as attendance has increased by 11.5 percent, or an average of 1.3 percent, per year between 2001 and 2010, and generates $750 million in economic activity.
- New York also has plenty of tennis facilities for the not-quite-pros; the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation manages 79 tennis centers across the five boroughs, containing a cumulative 594 courts.
- Besides being the headquarters for the US Open, Queens also boasts the most tennis facilities (27) and courts (194) of any of the boroughs. That means that there is one tennis court for every 11,587 residents—well below the City average of 13,880. Of course, this is a count of City-managed courts, so doesn’t include those at gyms or other private facilities.
For a more in-depth look at tennis in NYC, check out our StatsBee post on the 2012 US Open.