Good news, tennis junkies: The 2009 U.S. Open iPhone app is the next best thing to being courtside.
Available now from the App Store, this American Express- and IBM-sponsored freebie serves up tournament news, live scores, and schedules. It lets you view the draws on an interactive bracket and read player bios.
Alas, you can't watch live video of the actual matches, but the app does offer prerecorded videos of the players, special events, past highlights, and the like. A photo gallery is on tap as well.
You may not be able to watch the Open, but you can listen to it live courtesy of USOpen.org radio, which streams from within the app. (A tennis match on the radio? Better than nothing, I guess.)
Anyone lucky enough to be in Flushing for the actual matches can view a venue map, seating charts, and even dining and transportation options.
Bottom line: This is a must-have app for anyone with even a passing interest in the U.S. Open. Game, set, match!