Crashing the U.S. Open

Posted on September 2, 2008

A funny thing about us New Yorkers is that we’re often terrible at exploring our own backyards!

For years, every time I watched the U.S. Open on TV, part of me smirked, knowing the action was just 15 minutes away from my house. And yet, it was only yesterday that I finally got to see a match in person for the first time (thanks Dave!). And boy did we get lucky – Monday’s night session at Arthur Ashe included the fourth-round match of none other than Serena Williams herself!

I could probably write a small novel about how awesome the evening was, but they say a picture’s a thousand words, so I’ll let my Nikon do some of the storytelling!

Sunset at Arthur Ashe Stadium 

As usual, we were in the nosebleed section, but with every cloud comes a silver lining – I wouldn’t have been able to get shots like these if I’d been courtside! There was a great turnout, making actually getting to our seats a bit of an ordeal. One of our friends actually got dizzy, and had to find seats lower down (or so he says…)

Serena on the Serve! 

Not surprisingly, Serena was in good form that night, easily defeating Severine Bremond 6-2, 6-2. That serve of hers is no joke!

Well-Played! 

When asked about playing against her sister in the Quarterfinals, Serena was frank in saying: “It sucks”. Supposedly the two are 8-8 against each other – a shame they’re meeting so early, but that’s the luck of the draw, I guess.

Unisphere and Observatory Towers 

The grounds, as usual, were absolutely beautiful as the night fell. My friends were amused by my sneaking to the top of the stadium between sets to get this shot. Wish I had my tripod and all my gear with me for a proper night shoot, but the USTA’s pretty paranoid about bringing bags inside the stadium. Plus, lugging all that gear from the parking lot, up all those stairs would have given me a heart attack – sometimes less is truly more.

If you haven’t had enough, you can check Flickr for the rest of the album.

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