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Free U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament Begins Tuesday

By Nigel Chiwaya | August 21, 2012 11:49am

FLUSHING — The biggest starts in tennis won't start play at the U.S. Open until next week, but there is still plenty of action happening at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and it won't cost fans a cent.

The U.S. Open qualifying tournament began Tuesday at 11 a.m. And while tickets to the rest of the tournament start at $95, the qualifying rounds, which run until Friday, are free to the public.

The qualifying tournament, which features 256 lower-ranked men and women trying to play their way into the final draw, is held on the smaller courts surrounding Arthur Ashe Stadium at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

A total of 64 matches will be played on Tuesday. The final draw of the U.S. Open will be announced on Thursday, and the full tournament begins Monday.