It's your worst nightmare. You trekked out to Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York, to see your favorite tennis players for the annual tournament in August and September, but the rain won't go away.
Rain delays are not uncommon at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, but to get completely rained out of a session is tough luck. The tournament staff makes every effort to let the show go on in case of wet weather, but if an all-day rain occurs, you might end up watching the Open next year.
If the weather looks bad on your scheduled U.S. Open day, go to Flushing Meadows regardless. It's likely that the grounds crew will have tennis swinging. If it's a real downpour, check the TV news and Open website for announcements. But don't risk missing your day at the famed event because of a little moisture.
When Your Session Is Rained Out
Should your session get rained out, you will likely be able to exchange either for another session this year or get the same session at next year's Open. There are limits to these options and note there are no refunds or credits.
If your tickets are for an early session that gets canceled due to rain, you'll have a chance of getting tickets for later in the week. But you would have to be in Flushing Meadows right away to attempt an exchange at the box office and beat the other folks in the same boat—that probably means standing in the rain.
You may be in an unfortunate situation if a match in your session has been completed. Your eligibility to exchange or get credit for a ticket depends upon the time of day (or night), how many minutes were played before cancellation, which stadium you are at, and the type of ticket. See the official inclement weather policy for the nitty-gritty details.
When the Finals Get Rained Out
"The Inclement Weather Policy does not apply to sessions #21 through #24." That means officially you're out of luck. However, the U.S. Open management would most likely honor tickets for a rescheduled final. They're just keeping their options open.
Alternative Activities in Flushing
Are you wondering what to do because the match you planned to attend has been delayed or canceled?
Fortunately, the U.S. Open is only one subway stop from one of the largest Chinatowns in New York City, and Flushing's Chinatown is full of tasty options. To satisfy weekday hunger, head to the popular and bustling food court on the lower level of the New World Mall on Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing. Dabble in affordable delicacies from over 30 vendors serving up Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese cuisines. You can also shop your way through over 100 retail stores in the mall.
For a flower-filled excursion only five minutes from the mall by car, the 39-acre Queens Botanical Garden on Main Street in Flushing is worth a stop, with a history dating back to 1946. Adults and children will love the educational workshops and tours; your family might even catch a seasonal festival or a cultural event. Depending on the time of year, their hours on Tuesdays through Sundays vary.