After being stuck in a queue for nearly an hour at Laguardia (hint for the future - book a taxi!) I dropped my bags at my accommodation and raced to Flushing Meadows. It had been a long nine years since I had last set foot on the grounds of the US Open and it felt completely new. But at first sight I got tears in my eyes when I laid eyes again on Arthur Ashe Stadium. I made it - fan slam!
I raced to Louis Armstrong to see John Isner play Marcos Bagdatis as it was the most interesting matchup left since it was about 7 or 8pm when I arrived. I had to queue for ages though as I arrived late in the second set which ended up going to a long tiebreaker won by John 13-11. John would pull it out in four and I rushed around to see what else was going on along the grounds. I made it to see the last few games of Ana Ivanovic/Nenad Zimonjic's mixed doubles match (they lost). There, of course, was a decent crowd standing around to watch. Of the little I saw, of course Ana was being picked on and nearly every shot was hit to her! I was astounded to see in person how tiny Ana looks - eat a cheeseburger Ana!
So it was a short first day at the US Open, but with seven days ahead of me I wasn't worried about missing tennis. Little did I know what Mother Nature was going to throw our way!