Inside the “US Open Casting Call” at Radio City Music Hall

Inside the “US Open Casting Call” at Radio City Music Hall
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June
8, 2009- Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY — Lines formed all the
way around Radio City Music Hall almost toward Roc Center just to take
part in the USTA’s Third Annual US Open Casting call. Youngsters 12 and
under vied for the chance to perform at this year’s US Open live at
Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Night Sessions of the US Open.

This event was held to kick-off US Open season as tickets to the US Open went on sale to the general public today.


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A very long line begins…

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and goes on…

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and on…

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After making it into the music hall, participants registered….

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….then waited for their turn to audition in the “holding area”

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Next
it was the celebrity judges table. Meet the US Open Casting call
judges, from left to right: musical artist “Lil Mama,” actor Mark
Indelicato from the ABC television show Ugly Betty and American Idol
season 3 runner-up Diana Degarmo. Participants were required to sing
“America the Beautiful” a cappella. Final selections will be announced
in July.

US Open tickets are now available to the general public by either visiting www.usopen.org or phoning 1-866-OPEN-TIX. This year’s US Open runs from August 31-September 13.

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From USTA Public Relations:

2009 US OPEN TICKET SALES OFF TO BRISK START

OPENING DAY SALES SECOND BEST IN HISTORY

American Express Pre-Sale Sets All-Time Record

White Plains, NY, June 8, 2009
– – The first day of ticket sales to the general public for the 2009 US
Open, was the second best opening day in US Open history.  With nearly
35,000 tickets sold, this marks only the second time that opening day
ticket sales topped 30,000 tickets.

The 2009 total tops the 2007 opening day mark, which was a record at that time.  Only first day sales in 2008 were higher.

“We
are gratified that tennis and sports fans view the US Open as a
‘must-see’ event,” said Lucy S. Garvin, Chairman of the Board and
President of the USTA.  “Considering today’s economic climate, the US
Open proves it has staying power.”

In
the six days leading up to the public on-sale date (June 2-6), the US
Open pre-sale for American Express members set the all-time sales
record of more than 31,000 tickets sold in 2009.