Dear Members of the Media:
The USTA is currently accepting applications for media credentials for the 2013 US Open through an online application. This
online form simplifies the application process and ensures timely and accurate processing of applications. The deadline
for submitting applications is Friday, May 17, 2013.
All members of the media who are approved to receive a 2013 US Open Media Credential will receive an e-mail notification
acceptance packet. That packet will include a variety of information including details on booking hotel rooms and
ordering telephone services.
Below you will find instructions and the link to continue the application process. Please read all
instructions and guidelines thoroughly as the process has been modified from prior years.
Thank you for your interest in covering the 2013 US Open. We look forward to reviewing your application and will
be back in touch with you regarding your status in the coming weeks.
One application should be completed by each media outlet; multiple applications from the same outlet will not be
accepted. Freelancers (writers & photographers) must be on assignment with a media outlet for credential
consideration. Media Credentials for the US Open Tennis Championships are reserved for working journalists only. In
order to be considered for a Media Credential, you must be a bona fide news gathering organization that produces and
publishes original content. Applications for or related primarily to: (1) documentaries and/or films; (2) books
(biographies, autobiographies, instructional guides, etc); (3) websites that are fanzines, that do not post original
content based on news gathering criteria, and/or that are fan/enthusiast blogs only, will not be accepted. All
photographers applying to cover the US Open Tennis Championships are required to use professional photography
equipment only. Photographers using equipment with the ability to collect or record any film, video, digital video
or audio recordings ("recorded material") may not, at any time, collect or record recorded material of any live
tennis action, including practice sessions.
Each media outlet that submits an application must agree, and must cause each of their attendees to agree, to the
credential Terms and Conditions listed below.
WHO COMPLETES THE APPLICATION
An editor/producer/director must complete the application listing all attendees on one application. Applications from
individuals, independent of their outlet's editor/producer/director will not be considered.
An assignment letter is required from every organization for every attendee indicating the person(s) from their
organization assigned to cover the US Open. Assignment letters must be on original, watermarked, company letterhead. They
should be mailed to Jeanmarie Daly, USTA, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604.
GENERAL RELEASE FORMS
All new attendees applying for credentials for the 2013 US Open must complete and sign a general release form. If you
received a media credential for the 2011 or 2012 US Open you DO NOT need to fill out a general release form for 2013.
General release forms can be mailed to Jeanmarie Daly, USTA, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604 and must be
received before an application can be processed.
[Click here for PDF of Consent Form]
All new attendees and those with photos older than two years will need to submit a new photo. If you have
previously received a US Open credential and have a current photo on file, you do not need to send a new photo.
New applicants and those with outdated photos will have the opportunity to upload a jpeg photo during the
application process. Please note that all photos must be headshots only.
The USTA will allocate work stations based on availability with priority given to those media organizations filing
on a daily basis or using digital editing equipment. Due to the demand for work stations, we will reallocate
non-used space on-site.
Parking passes are available on a limited basis to local media and media staying outside of Manhattan during the
US Open. For those staying at the designated media hotel(s), where bus transportation is available to and from
the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY the USTA will limit parking passes and
recommends the use of public transportation.
Please be aware that there will be a coordination process on-site for all RF transmitting devices including: walkie
talkies, wireless microphones, wireless LAN systems, wireless camera devices and all wireless networking equipment. Please
note that individuals are strictly prohibited from setting up their own wireless (WiFi) networks.
Please note that the USTA reserves the right to approve or deny accreditation for any reason in its sole and
absolute discretion. Completion of the application does not guarantee accreditation.
The USTA will make the final decision on all credential applications based on available space, size, scope,
history of tennis coverage and circulation of each media outlet.
If the USTA approves your credential application, you will receive an information packet, including hotel
reservation information and a link to purchase tickets for your personal use. If you have been assigned a
workstation, you will receive a telephone order form.
Each person approved for accreditation must pick up and sign for his/her own credential on-site at the
Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center. The USTA will only accept a government issued photo ID (driver's
license or passport) to claim your credential.