One lucky winner will receive 100,000 Starpoints, two courtside seats to the U.S. Open Tennis Men’s Final on September 9 and two nights in the Presidential Suite at the Westin New York Grand Central.

Register for the SPG sweepstakes and receive one entry. Earn an additional sweepstakes entry for each night you stay at a Starwood Hotel property from July 8 to August 15, 2013.

Sweepstakes is only open to U.S. residents.

Last year I was invited to the US Open courtesy of Starwood Preferred Guest and American Express as part of the SPG Amex Stars campaign.

Seeing Serena Williams play tennis was a blast.

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Westin New York at Times Square is a large hotel near the theater district of New York. Numerous Broadway theaters are within a few blocks of the hotel. The Westin Hotel address is 237 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue. Most of the 40 large Broadway theaters are located between West 41st and West 52nd Streets also with addresses in the 100 and 200 blocks. Read More…

As part of this 2012 SPG Amex Star blogger gig I received free access to the official American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cardmember  event at the 2012 US Open.

There was not much information provided to me prior to the event and I had no idea what to expect. My understanding is 85 tickets were sold exclusively to SPG Amex cardmembers for $165 per ticket for the September 5, 2012 event from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Turns out that was a pretty good deal in my opinion after attending the event and seeing what was provided with the Amex SPG cardmember deal for the US Open event.

$165 for the SPG Amex event included lower promenade seating at Arthur Ashe Stadium ($105 value), a gift bag (SPG cap, SPG luggage tag) and a cocktail reception with Lindsay Davenport, former #1 ranked tennis player in the world and the 1998 US Open Women’s Singles winner.

Lindsay is also a Californian. 

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This past week I had the opportunity to fly to New York, stay two nights at the Westin Times Square Hotel and attend the US Open Tennis Tournament courtesy of SPG American Express. The first half of the New York City experience was the tennis tournament where I saw Serena Williams win the Women’s Singles Quarterfinals September 5 from the nosebleed seats.

Actually all the seats offer good views of the tennis action. The higher up the seats, the closer you are to the big screens at the top of Arthur Ashe Stadium in the US National Tennis Center.

Serena Williams went on to ultimately win the US Open tennis tournament Sunday, September 9.

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Serena Williams v. Ana Ivanovic Sep 5, 2012 US Open Quarterfinals.

More about the SPG Amex Star experience in a separate post with a full review of the SPG American Express US Open hospitality event and the tennis events from Section 317 seen in this photo, and Section 6 Courtside seats the next day.

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