Monday, September 05, 2016

US Open 2016 - More Tennis Than You Can Shake a Racket At

Another US Open is behind us, and while I could probably go another 365 days or so without sitting through another tennis match, I have to admit I had fun. A lot of fun. It really is a thrill to watch amazing athletes perform, all while chowing down on waffle fries and ice cream.

A few highlights: watching Jack Sock beat Marin Cilic (USA!, USA!, USA!). Peering over the edge of Arthur Ashe stadium and watching Stan Wawrinka fend off a match point in a tiebreaker and then turning around and watching Venus Williams crush Laura Siegemund on the court below (USA!, USA!, USA!). Sitting in the second row while Joao Sousa and Grigor Dimitrov battled it out. Getting dinner from Soom Soom, which had surprisingly authentic, fresh and delicious pita, falafel and hummos. Waffle fries and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream (yes, I mentioned this above, but it bears repeating). Watching from the second row as Tsonaga warmed up for his round 3 match against Kevin Anderson. Watching del Potro sweep Steve Johnson in a night match, just about 7 years after watching him in our first professional tennis match we'd attended. Hanging out with friends who were attending the Open for the first time.

It wasn't all highlights. We had two matches that ended early due to retirements, including a Novac Djokovic match, a player we were very much hoping to see in action. But the unpredictability of the Open is definitely a feature and not a bug.

I better start resting up now, as we're almost certainly going back next year. Whoo!

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