18 September 2011

US Open recap - Saturday 3 September

Labour Day Weekend at the US Open! I grew up glued to the TV during the long weekend in the US and to actually be on the grounds during this time was amazing. I knew it was going to be busy as it had been hard to get any tickets and the gorgeous weather ensured the place was pumping.

Today was a superbly special day as my mom arrived into NYC late Friday night and now I was going to take her to see her first live tennis ever! We had a grounds pass for the day and Arthur Ashe night session tickets so was going to be a full day!

We started out with some doubles action, watching the adorable Jurgen Melzer and his partner Philipp Petzschner take on the Israeli due of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram. It was really fun watching my mom watch her first tennis match so close up. We ended up heading to Grandstand after a bit which is where we stayed for most of the rest of the day as what a lineup! Tommy Haas vs Juan Monaco! Jo Wilfried Tsonga vs Fernando Verdasco!

We got to watch Andrea Petkovic first and this woman is so growing on me. I think she has one of the best personalities out there and is so engaging. She looked great against Roberta Vinci who has had a fantastic year. After the win, Petko did her dance (which I admit to growing tired of) and flirted with MaliVai Washington. The crowd loved it!

Then it was time for the men. I was so stoked to see Tommy Haas - it's awesome that he's still hanging around as the crowd just loves him. My mom and I have always been big Tommy fans so it was a dream for us to both see him play what could be one of his last grand slam matches. Tommy fought well but Pico was better in the end and took it in four sets. But what applause Tommy got at the end - was a fantastic atmosphere and was one of my top moments at the US Open.

The next match: Jo Willy Tsonga vs Fernando Verdasco. Other than their appalling Adidas attire (why, Adidas, why?) these guys are such fun to watch. Tsonga is a character and well, one never knows what to expect by Fer. The Grandstand court was really excited for this one, but it wasn't as close a contest as we hoped - Fernando is just not in a good place and Jo Willy has had a great year.

We then raced to Arthur Ashe to see a bit of Novak Djokovic vs Nikolay Davydenko but we didn't stay long. The crowd erupted every time Kolya won a point but he didn't come close to threatening Nole much so we called it a night.

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