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Ahead of U.S. Open, Queens Qualifies as The Place to Be

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The U.S. Open starts on Monday, but the qualifying rounds this week also draw tennis fans from all around the world to Queens. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

With the Unisphere from the Worlds Fair visible outside the South Gate of the National Tennis Center in Flushing, you know for sure that you are in Queens. It's where the U.S. Open has been played for decades.

"It's been since 1915. First in Forest Hills and now obviously here at the National Tennis Center since '78. So what better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary than to welcome Queens," said Daniel Zausner of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

That's why for the first time the U.S. Tennis Association held Queens Day during the qualifiers for the U.S. Open, which starts on Monday. There were musical performances, and activities for kids with cultural institutions like the Queens Museum and New York Hall of Science. It was a chance for Queens to show visitors what the borough is all about.

"If they can see it they can take it somewhere else and they can say there's a lot of things going on in Queens," said Lily Urzua of the Urzua Queens Center of Performing Arts.

Tennis fans love the qualifying rounds because they can see big stars practicing for next week while up and comers try and get into the mix. And the best part of course - it's all free.

"There's so many of those things if you for look for them in the city that you can do that are fun that you don't have to pay for, in a city that's so expensive," said one tennis fan.

"There are a lot of very good players. So for us it's incredible. So it's free, the best way, no?" said another tennis fan.

If you want to check out this year's U.S. Open tickets are still available including for Saturday's Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

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