When it comes to superstars and their tennis, it’s truly a game of love. Consider some fans who were spotted at last year’s US Open: Charlize Theron, Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Jeremy Piven, Kelsey Grammer, Josh Brolin, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Will Ferrell. (And wasn’t that Serena Williams at Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ star-studded nuptials?)
For those who need their celeb fix before the tournament ends on Sept. 11, have no fear. Chris Widmaier, managing director of corporate communications for the United States Tennis Association believes that A-listers will make it onto the JumboTron this year as well. “It’s really about famous people watching famous people,” says Widmaier. “Tennis players are very popular. They embody athleticism, celebrity and fashion and have a broad appeal.”
According to Widmaier, certain days and nights draw more boldface names than others. You’ll see more stars during the finals weekend and night games during the second week. Celebs have been known to swing by on Labor Day weekend while going to or from the Hamptons.
Another reason the US Open is such a mecca for stars? It’s a public event where they don’t have to worry about mingling with, well, the public. Arthur Ashe Stadium is equipped with two rings of prime balcony suites that hold up to 20 people each and contains luxurious indoor seating, a private restroom and plasma TVs. (That’s where Donald Trump usually resides.)
For those who just want to eat like a celebrity, suite holders and those with courtside seats have access to private club level restaurants like ACES and Champions. At ACES, guests can indulge on dishes like the Plateau Royale, a decadent tower of chilled shellfish or sushi rolled by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. For meat lovers, Champions serves up classic steakhouse and seafood fare.