2017 US Open: My Day 1
After arriving at La Guardia Airport around 11am, navigating my way through their convoluted rental car process, driving to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and figuring out where to – temporarily (thank you to the nice policeman who let me leave the car next to his!) – park my car so I could pick up my credentials and parking permit, I finally got to settle in and watch some tennis yesterday around 1pm, just in time to see American CoCo Vandeweghe earn her spot in the Semifinals!
There is an energy at the US Open that’s somehow different from other tournaments I’ve attended. I don’t know if it’s because it’s our Home Slam or because it’s New York, but it is something special and electric to experience.
Forget about the fact that we now have 4 American women in the US Open Semifinals for the first time since 1981 (the year I graduated high school). Forget about the fact that, until late last night, we had the hope of seeing Roger and Rafa finally meet at the Open. Forget about the fact that we have a former college player in the men’s semis (WTG Kevin Anderson!). Like I said, I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s there and I feel it.
Today is going to be an incredible day – OF FREE TENNIS!!!! – filled with wheelchair players, doubles, juniors, and the American Collegiate Invitational. With yesterday’s rainy weather, no junior matches were played, so the schedule is jam-packed starting at Noon, and I’ll be jumping between Courts 4, 5, and 6 early in the day to Courts 10-17 later on.
For the latest on results in the Juniors, check out today’s ZooTennis post here. I had the pleasure of running into Colette yesterday afternoon and am looking forward to spending some time with her the rest of the week!
I will continue to do Facebook Live posts, so be sure you “like” our page at Facebook.com/ParentingAces/. As I mentioned before, if you’re on the Grounds, please hit me up and let’s find a time to meet. You can message, tweet at, or text me, and I promise I’ll respond!
Here is my Facebook Live video at the end of yesterday: