Tickets for the U.S. Open women’s singles final have sold out before the men’s singles final, according to ESPN.
The USTA believes this is the first time that the women’s final has sold out before the men’s final, reported ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Thursday. USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier told Rovell that although ticket records are less reliable over time, the USTA was confident in stating that this is the first time that ticket demand for the women’s final outpaced the men’s final. The ESPN report did not include the amount of money spent on tickets, but Arthur Ashe Stadium has a capacity of 22,547.
On their part, ticket buyers are likely banking on history being made at the women’s final this year.
When the U.S. Open starts on Monday, Serena Williams, the tournament’s three-time defending champion, will enter the field seeking her 22nd Grand Slam title, which would tie Steffi Graf for second on the all-time women’s Grand Slam rankings. Should Williams make it to the final, as eager ticket-buyers are likely hoping for, a win would give the sport a true calendar-year Gland Slam for the first time since Graf did it in 1988.
Williams, however, isn’t sweating it.
“I really don’t have much at stake, I don’t think of it like that,” she said to reporters at the U.S. Open draw on Thursday. “I think of it as having the opportunity to come here and defend my title. I love winning here, I love playing here and that’s all I want to do.”
Williams winning her 22nd championship is all American tennis fans want, too. The women’s singles final is slated for Saturday, Sept. 12, but don’t expect to get in Arthur Ashe Stadium on the cheap. Tickets for the match are trading at three times their usual value, according to ticket market tracker TiqIQ.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the U.S. Open’s women’s singles final is schedule for Sunday, Sept. 13. The final is in fact set for Saturday, Sept. 12.
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