|The approach to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.|
I took my son to the US Open Tennis Championship in Queens on Friday. It was the first visit for both of us. We went to an evening match with Roger Federer playing against Sam Groth of Australia. I know that Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue, is a big fan of Roger Federer (do I detect a bit of a crush?) so I suspected she would also be in attendance and I was right!
I thought it would be fun to compare our very different experiences at the same event.
Anna wore this:
|Anna was right to bring a sweater. It was breezy and cool!|
I wore this:
|Great minds: Anna and I both wore blue.|
Anna probably got there this way:
|I am quite certain Anna took a town car (and driver) to the US Open.|
I got there via:
|The 7 Train to Queens.|
These were Anna’s seats:
|Anna probably sat in the red zone, courtside!|
Here was the view from mine:
|What a fun crowd in the lower promenade!|
One thing we had in common was that we both had a great time!
|Groth prepares his blisteringly fast serve!|
|Roger Federer and Sam Groth shake hands after their match on August 29, 2014.|
Roger won, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, in just under two hours. It was a lively match and, I have to say, easy on the eyes (from what I could see on the big screen) with such good-looking competitors. It was definitely Hottie vs. Hottie! Sam Groth’s serve hit speeds of 142 mph and up, regularly, and sometimes Roger even managed to return them!
I’d heard the night games at the US Open can get rowdy (for tennis) and now I understand why. You take the energy of New York City, sprinkle a bit of alcohol on it (I saw plenty of people swilling champagne, mixed drinks, and beer as they walked around before the game!), put it in a big stadium on a gorgeous late summer night, and add one of the best tennis players of all time? You got yourself one fun and sometimes loud crowd. The chair umpire had to ask us all to be quiet on many occasions!
I hope Anna did the wave with us but somehow I can’t see it.
|Roger in a post-game interview. He is beloved in New York!|
Let me know if you have ever been to the US Open and if you have, what you thought of the event!