As the last Grand Slam event of the year, the US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York draws tennis fans from around the world. It’s a massive event, from the size of Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main stage, to the action on other courts, shops, food outlets and crowds checking out all of these. A more personal experience would be to have a major player in that action as a guide. For a starting price of $35,000 during the first days of the event, August 28 to September 1, this guide can be tennis star Sloane Stephens with up to four of the player’s tickets to her first match, a signed gift from the player and special offers overnight stay at The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue as part of a package called “The Langham Loves Tennis.” 5% of the proceeds from this pack will also benefit the Sloane Stephens Foundation, a non-profit organization started by the tennis star that uses tennis and education to change the narrative of poverty, health inequity and educational underdevelopment.
The hotel’s portion of the package includes four nights on these dates in the 1,905-square-foot two-bedroom Empire State View Penthouse Suite with full views of the landmark, Roche Bobois furnishings, Maison Lacroix and Paul Smith fabrics and art by Alex Katz along with a full kitchen . Access to The Langham Club, the hotel’s guest lounge with five meal presentations, is also available for four people daily. (Additional nights or upgrades to the top floor Empire State Presidential Suite are also available at an additional cost.)
Guests start with a meeting with Stephens to talk tennis, get inside information about the tournament, perhaps ask for advice on forehands. The meeting takes place at the Langham which has been her hotel of choice while in town for the Open in recent years. Both are favorite experiences. “There’s no place like New York!” Stephens says. “I have really special memories of winning here in 2017 and I always have family and friends here to support me. The crowd at the US Open is unlike any other crowd throughout the year – they are loud and they love good tennis. The challenge can be finding peace and downtime in the city that never sleeps, but that’s where my stay at The Langham comes in. The US Open is always a busy time on the calendar, so it means a lot to come back every night to such a calm environment. The staff are so thoughtful and kind, and I love stopping by The Langham Club after practice for snacks.” Before the tournament starts, she also tries to get out to the Metropolitan Museum, a landmark she recommends to all incoming guests when they’re not out on the courts in Queens.
To order this package, call The Langham, New York at +1 212 695 4005.And a special way for tennis fans to get to New York: XO in partnership with Langham is offering seats on a shared jet charter from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in South Florida along with preferred hotel rates and a 40% discount on executive ground transport. Events from other cities are also available.