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Why You Need to Plan Early for this Years U.S. Open

Maybe you’re a die-hard tennis fan. (Box seats at Arthur Ashe every August, obviously.) Or maybe you’ve just heard the little news that Serena Williams could beat Steffi Graf’s 27-year record. (The last time any tennis player won all major titles in a calendar year was 1988.) Either way, this year’s U.S. Open is a hot ticket. So we made a little cheat sheet for ensuring you don’t miss out.

When is it? The tournament goes from Monday, August 31, to Sunday, September 13. But specifically, the women’s final (at which Williams will likely play) is on Saturday, September 12. 

Again, why is this year such a big deal? In 2015, Williams has won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. If she clutches the U.S. Open, too, she’ll join an elite group of only five players in history, men and women, to do so.

How much are tickets? For the women’s final, seats start at $128 and courtside spots are running about $3,000.

What about non-final games? You can try your luck at the quarterfinals or semifinals, which start at $54 a seat. There’s no guarantee of which match Williams will play in, but if you miss her, there’s also a good chance of watching Maria Sharapova, who’s currently ranked No. 2 in the world.

And potential celeb spotting? Anna Wintour, of course. (She practically helicopters in from fashion week every year.) Other U.S. Open regulars include Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Spacey, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Sally Field and Alec Baldwin. But let’s be honest--we’re all crossing our fingers for Bradley Cooper in a three-piece suit.

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