No one would ever call me a big sports fan. (Unless they were being sarcastic.) But there is one sporting event that I love and that I have gone to for the last several years: The US Open. Most of the year, the game of tennis doesn’t even cross my mind. But that all changes when the US Open rolls around, and I was very happy to be able to attend on Day 5 of the 13-day tournament.
There’s so much going on at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens that the US Open feels more like a festival than a sporting event. And maybe that’s why I like it so much. You’re hardly trapped in your seat, as you can go to any one of several courts where matches are being played. There are also lots of refreshment stands and souvenir shops — there’s even a Ralph Lauren store, as that’s the official outfitter of the US Open.
And, oh yeah, the tennis is great too. Last year, I was lucky enough to watch the women’s finals of Serena Williams vs. Jelena Jankovic. What an amazing match! It was not an easy win for Serena. This year, although I didn’t see any big names, I still saw some terrific tennis. I saw Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland. And I saw a very close (and long) match between Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, with Schiavone winning in the end.
Below are some photos of the matches. The US Open is worth traveling to whether you’re just taking the subway from Manhattan to Queens, or you’re taking a plane from across the country.