another fine day at the open

me photographed by the official us open sponsored car.  and yes, thats a beer in my hand.Once again, me and baby bro took our annual day trip to Flushing Meadows for the US Open day session. Hoping there would be some good matches on the schedule yesterday-especially on the men’s side for me :)-and indeed…James Blake would be playing-I hadn’t been able to see him play yet (last year I got to see Andy Roddick, 2 years ago I got to see Rafael Nadal-who unfortunately was playing the night session this time!) This year, we definitely got our money’s worth…

First, proving the latest news, that the Grandstand court is the cool place to be…it was almost impossible to find 2 seats together, in the shade, with an unobstructed view (even if it wasn’t close enough) but grandstand courtfinally we did. First match we saw was of wildly dressed American player Bethanie Mattek, whose attire of the day seemed to be inspired by the beach volleyball team-or at the very least her sports bra was, with the top over that just as a formality (this pic can explain better than i can) After a while, we took to calling her “Britney”-all those “B” girls are the same :-p Anyway, she was done in straight sets (complete with “a couple of screaming outbursts, one of them including an expletive that invited a warning from the umpire” in the second set)

…then came the match on the Grandstand court that we really wanted to see, that of Brit player Andy Murray. And it was a great first set, both players really on their game, but Murray was broken quickly in the 2nd set. We had to leave during that set to get over to Ashe stadium, as the James Blake match was about to start…

james blake…and it was underway by the time we got some more, uh, refreshments and found our seats. Blake didn’t look to be having a good day at all though…he was making quite a few errors and let the first set get away from him. Did appear more dominant in the next set and took that one…then with the third set just barely underway, his opponent retired with a back injury. Damn! If only we had known…we would have been better off staying for the rest of the Murray match, as apparently that turned out to be an exciting one!!

We wound up staying for one more match-women’s #1 Ana Ivanovic had her match moved over to Ashe stadium. This was probably the best match of the day that we saw…Ivanovic was playing a French qualifier ranked #188th, but she was having her work cut out for her…as she made a lot of errors and lost the first set. She managed to make less errors and save herself by winning the second set…but lost the 3rd set (even after her opponent squandered 2 match points by double-faulting!)-leaving us to witness an upset (according to the press, “one of the biggest upsets in tennis history!”) that no one would have called!!

Finally leaving at 6:30, we called it a day and headed on the 7 train back home. Til next year!!

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One thought on “another fine day at the open

  1. excited about the del potro match? this guy came in with 4 straight tournament wins…would his streak end tonite?!?!As for Ivanovic….she is overrated— I know it is a Nadal/Fed/Novak domination but Roddick all the way!

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