Labor Day weekend trip – Saturday 8/30

When we got up around 7:15 am, it was overcast. We were thinking that it had better not rain. (The policy at the US Open is that if no matches are played when the session is cancelled, then you get a replacement ticket to a session next year or a later session the same year if available. If there is one match completed, then you’re out of luck…)

We are all creatures of habit. We follow the exact same routine every year. On Saturdays, we eat breakfast at a particular place, so of course we ate at that place. Then we walked to the subway station and took the subway to the US Open at Flushing Meadow and arrived there a little before 10 am (which was well ahead of our usual arrival time).

Let me digress and explain how the tickets work. There is a “day session” and a “night session.” There are separate tickets for each session, and we had tickets for both sessions (though in the past, when we only had day session tickets, we just would stay on the grounds and not leave.) For each session, one can buy a grounds pass (which allows access to all courts except Arthur Ashe Stadium, the primary stadium where the top players almost always play) or an Arthur Ashe pass, which allows access to everything. We had Arthur Ashe passes for both the day and the night sessions.

After we went through the security screening, we followed our routine and went to the Ralph Lauren shop and bought souvenirs. I bought a US Open Polo shirt and a US Open hand towel.

Since the matches didn’t start until 11:00, we walked around the grounds for a while.


We also went to watch players practicing at the practice courts.

The first match we went to watch was American Sam Querrey, a 20-year old from Thousand Oaks, California (where my brother works) vs Ivo Karlovic, the tallest player in men’s tennis at 6′ 10″. Querrey won that match in straight sets (but lost his next match on Labor Day against the #1 player in the world, Rafael Nadal of Spain.)

Fortunately, the sun came out just in time for us to see Nadal play Viktor Troicki of Serbia. Nadal won in straight sets.

We watched several other matches after that, including Serena Williams beating up on Ai Sugiyama of Japan, and the American doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan beat Dominic Hrbaty and David Skoch.

That concluded the day session. We went off to eat dinner at the food court, then went to watch the night matches

In the first night match, Olympic gold (correction: silver) medal winner Dinara Safin defeated Timea Bacsinszky.

The second match featured two American buddys, Mardy Fish and James Blake. Blake was favored to win, but Fish played a great match and won in straight sets.

The match ended past midnight. After that we took the subway most of the way back to our hotel. However, there was some construction work being done, so the subway line we needed to get back to our hotel was not operational past 9:30. We ended up taking a cab back. It’s amazing how fast one can get a cab in New York – it took us about 5 seconds to get one.

All in all, it was a great day of watching tennis, consuming alcoholic beverages, and eating ice cream. We ended up getting back to our hotel around 2:30 am.

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2 Responses

  1. Correction: Safina won the silver and Dementieva won the gold.

  2. Oh yeah,. Thanks.

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