Photo by myself from Center Court at Flushing Meadows, Queens.
I had the good fortune of attending the US Open, Thursday night. Above, fans craned their necks to watch the match between Andy Murray (Great Britain) and Mattias Bachinger (Germany).
It was blustery and very cold up in the stands, but below on the courts, the players were sweating. The competitive play means you don't know who you will wind up watching until the day of the match. Murray, ranked eighth, wound up winning three straight sets. He will face Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, next.
The men were followed by a game between Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) and Sorana Cirstea (Romania). Bouchard won the first set but lost in the second in a tie break. It was so cold by that time, we had to leave (along with about half of the crowd!). Very few people were physically or psychologically prepared to sit outside in what felt like 60 degree weather, with high winds.
I had an excellent time and will follow the remaining of the games on tv. Flushing Meadows is a relatively short train ride away from Manhattan. Ticket prices range from affordable to insane.
Check out the US Open website, here.
A snapshot from the Murray match. Murray is on the opposite side, in blue.
Dozens of tables are out for folks to enjoy all the different food vendors. In the background, the big screen cycles through matches being played on the various courts.
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