This marked my third year at the Open. Back in 2009 I finally said “You know what? Just go.” I had dreamed about seeing my favorite players play since I watched my first ever tennis match on TV (2002 Wimbledon final between Venus and Serena Williams, Serena won). Each year a learn a little more, see a little more, and my experience becomes a lot more exciting.
Having been to the day sessions the last 2 years, I decided this year I would go to a night session. If experience played a part this year, it would have been in my decision to see the night session and not a day session. Why, you ask? Well in 2009, I paid $222 for a day session the first weekend of the U.S. Open. I saw Nadal, Venus and Serena back to back to back, followed by tons of tennis on the outside courts, as well as Venus and Serena’s doubles match on Louis Armstrong stadium! Before the doubles match was Juan Martin del Potro’s 4th round match (he went on to win the title that year). Obviously, it was a great day of tennis, totally worth the $222. Last year, I also got a day pass to see Federer, Wozniacki and Zvonareva during the day and some others on the outside courts for $179. Again, totally worth it. This year however, having seen most of the big guns play, I decided to buy a night session for day 2. This time it was Nadal and Serena (my faves), and some others like 2004 champ Svetlana Kuznetsova. Billie Jean King and Chris Evert also were in Arthur Ashe Stadium. All for the whopping price of $29!
This year I was actually supposed to work at Arthur Ashe Kids day but some technicalities about the title of the job ended up making it not happen. Then, Hurricane Irene came and ruined the whole party and canceled AA Kids day anyway.
Overall, it was a really nice night session at the U.S. Open, and I am really excited to continue my streak of appearances here! Check out some photos I took while I was there, below!