Briella TomassettiAug 27, 2018, 6:31 pmAug 27, 2018, 6:33 pm

Tennis fans head to Queens for day 1 of US Open

International sporting event attracts thousands

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QUEENS — Thousands of fans braved the heat and humidity at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for day one of the U.S Open on Monday.

At 13 years old, Seth Vieira of New Windsor dreams of one day competing in the U.S. Open, but for now, watching some of his favorite tennis players hard at work is just as exciting.

"It's really a great game because it's a little bit of everything. It takes concentration. It's not just about hitting the ball hard. It's about mental toughness and all those things," Vieira says.

For some, getting to Flushing Meadows was half the battle. While many people opted to take mass transit, other commuters drove to the stadium. But they say traffic wasn't the problem.

"Parking was a little bit of an issue, to say the least. We had to circle around for 20 to 30 minutes just to find a spot. But we're here," Magda Rana of Franklin Square says.

If you park in Lot H, all you have to do is find a spot, walk up to the shuttle station, and then catch the bus which takes you right to the south gate of the stadium. There is also general parking available at Citi Field where you can then take the pedestrian boardwalk over to the east gate.

Visit the U.S. Open's official website at usopen.org for more information about parking and transportation to and from the stadium over the next couple of weeks.

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