Judix2 travels to USOpen, Estonia & Poland travel blog

Nosebleed Section

Dolgopolov

Plitsova

Vandewhege

Nadal

Federer


Today we are going to be at the Open all day as we have tickets for both the day and evening sessions. We learned on the way out to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center that you should stand at the beginning or the end of the subway platform. If you stand in the middle, the cars are full and you have to stand for the 13 stops. Before going to our seats at Ashe Stadium, we stood in line for Court 17 to watch Berdych and Dolgopolov. I thought Berych appeared to be moving gingerly and he did lose the first set. We left at that point to get to our seats in Ashe so we could see Pliskova who is ranked #1 play the American Nicole Gibbs and pick up lobster rolls to eat in our seats. At this point Judi and I both discovered the "sport" mode on our cameras and we had a lot of fun trying to take pictures of the players from our nosebleed seats. We had a great day of matches ahead of us. It started with Federer and Youzhny. This one was exciting as it went 5 sets with Roger prevailing. We had time before the night matches started at 7 and weren't that hungry (we had Ben and Jerry ice cream pie slices* a little earlier) so we ended up splitting a really good hamburger with waffle fries and some wine. There were no tables available so we asked a couple ladies if we could share theirs. They were from Syracuse and come down for the Open every year with several ladies, two of which joined us a little later. We had a delighful chat with them and talked alot about the Indian Wells tournament with which they were very familiar. We're pretty sure we've got them talked in to coming out for it soon. For the night session we watched CoCo Vandeweghe play Ons Jabeur from Tunisia (CoCo won in 2 sets) and Nadal play a young kid Taro Daniel who plays for Japan even though he was born in New York and lives in Spain. His mother is Japanese while his father is an American. He was not intimidated at all by Nadal and actually won the first set. Nadal ended up winning in 4 sets but he had to really work for it. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of this young man. We actually ended up going back to the hotel at the end of the second set as it was 11:30. We figured it would probably be at least 1 a.m. before the match was over and then we'd have to deal with trying to get on the subway with the rest of the fans. So we got home in time to watch the 4th set in our pajamas and were probably asleep before those still there made it to the 7 train. JB

*about a 3" round of ice cream dipped in chocolate in 3 different varieties



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