On Monday, my mom and I made a spontaneous decision to go to the US Open. I found tickets on StubHub and we made it in time for the evening session at 7 am.
I had no idea who was playing until we got there. Turns out it was No. 16 Victoria Azarenka who I watched in the finals last year. I was excited to watch someone I actually knew. Plus, I really like her braids and want to wear my hair like this on my runs from now on.
We got there about an hour early so we walked around the grounds and got food. I’ve been to Flushing Meadows many times – as a kid we would always go for Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day. But this was the first time I watched an actual game in the stadium.
Side note: One year at Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day the Baha Men were performing (remember Who Let The Dogs Out?) and I was super excited about that.
Anyway, here are more photos:
Action shot during warm-ups:
Cool panoramic shot I took:
Before the game we also checked out this interactive lounge sponsored by American Express and open to Amex cardholders. It was pretty cool! We got to post with racquets for a “rally shot” which actually was a 180 degree photo/video. I wish I could post it as it moves around because it was so cool. There were cameras set up in a half circle to take a picture at every angle. Here’s one angle:
Then we took an interactive photo with the digital Sloane Stephens.
Overall it was a fun night! I told my mom we should go to a game each year. I wish we could go during the next few days but 1) it’s more expensive since it’s the final rounds and 2) I have work
I don’t know many tennis players and am only just learning the rules but it was an awesome game. The other girl was the “underdog” and people were cheering like crazy for her. She kept it close and worked hard until the end…those are the best types of games as opposed to blow outs. I’ll be watching the finals for sure!
Do you like tennis or watch the US Open?
Have you ever been to the complex?
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