NEW YORK (PIX11) — With the US Open kicking off next week, tennis fans can get in on the action at a pop-up tennis court in Times Square Thursday, organizers said.

Fans will get the opportunity to play a free game on the court and even meet some star athletes at the event sponsored by waterdrop, a hydration brand, according to a company spokesperson.

The event runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crossroads of the World. Balls and racquets will be provided and no sign-ups are required.

After the action, fans will have an opportunity to check out waterdrop’s hydration station to sample the company’s “Microdrink” beverages, organizers said. Those who recycle on the court get a free waterdrop drink.

If you can’t make it to the pop-up, fans can watch the top tennis players practice for free during US Open Fan Week. The practices start Tuesday and will be at the US Open site in Flushing, Queens.

Mira Wassef is a digital reporter who has covered news and sports in the New York City area for more than a decade. She joined PIX11 News in 2022. See more of her work here.