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Pablo Carrena Busta





Casa Enrique


September 1 - New York US Open day 3 of our package deal. We have day tickets only for today however we can stay on the grounds as long as we like, just cannot go into the main stadium (Arthur Ashe) for the evening matches. The gates open at 9:30 but matches do not start until 11:00; so after a somewhat leisurely breakfast we head off to the metro stop for the 30 minute ride to the venue along with a few hundred of our fellow tennis fans. The days matches we have tickets for are: Petra Kvitova/Caroline Garcia; Denis Shapovalov/Kyle Edmund; Venus Williams/Maria Sakkari. However we can wander around to other courts to see more tennis! Upon arrival we decided to check out Louis Armstrong Stadium (just to say we had been there). It was the first match of the day so not too crowded yet. We watched the first set of Nicolas Mahut and Pablo Carreno Busta (the eventual winner) before heading over to Grandstand court to see Marin Cilic and Diego Schwartzman play. As Cilic is a well known and popular player the court was packed including standing three deep at the back of the stadium. We did luck out and obtained two seats during a changeover. We watched until the completion of a set (Schwartzman won in four sets) before heading off to lunch and on to our reserved seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the day matches. We decided to have a sit down lunch at an Italian restaurant (Cafe Spiaggo) located above the Mercedes Benz exhibit. We decided to have a glass of wine with our caprese salad and penne pasta - an excellent choice! Now it's time to go claim our seats for the day matches. Petra Kvitova won her match quite easily (6-0,6-4). The second match Kyle Edmund called the trainer a couple of times and retired in the fourth set to Shapovalov - Shapovalov is a young (18) excellent player who we expect to see a lot more of and winning a major or two. Venus Williams won the third match in two sets (6-3,6-4). We attempted to watch Sam Querry (an American) playing on Louis Armstrong after our matches finished; however everyone else decided to do the same so we found a bench and watched on the big screen for a while. We were getting hungry and it is Friday so it must be Mexican food! Prior to leaving California we had watched an Anthony Bourdain program on Queens and the recommendation to try Casa Enrique, a Michelin rated Mexican restaurant near us. We arrived at 6ish and there was a one and one-half hour wait!! Deciding to get an order to go we ordered margaritas while we waited. Waiting outside we engage in conversation with a couple sitting at the only outside table who had also been to the tennis tournament and a couple of gentlemen sitting on a bench waiting for their table. The couple were finishing and suggested we might be able to get their table if no else wanted it - so we changed our order from to-go to dine-in and sipped our margaritas while we waited for our enchiladas! They were not disappointing and we returned to our hotel thanking Anthony for the recommendation! - JC

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