I have never been exposed to tennis before, aside from my 2 week stint in Pee Wee Tennis Camp when I was six. Lucky for me, twenty years later, I got to experience a little bit more of the tennis world when my boss gifted me two tickets to this year’s U.S. Open in New York. Embarrassingly, I had no idea what the U.S. Open was… (it’s most definitely NOT a traveling flee market…) Rather, it was one of the largest and most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world! With tickets in hand, P and I drove the 3.5 hours south to Queens, New York, excited but not knowing what to expect. On the way down, I was educating myself and P on how the game of tennis was played, and by the time we entered the large U.S. Open park, we had an understanding of basic tennis vocabulary and famous tennis players.
This was certainly the event! ESPN cameras in every nook and cranny of the park. Heinekin drink stands. Oyster bars. A Moët & Chandon terrace. Ben & Jerry ice cream carts. And of course, about twenty something tennis courts, all packed with tennis aficionados.
P and I ended up spending most of our time in the Louis Armstrong Stadium – which was just big enough where we felt like we were at a championship tennis match, but small enough where we had a great view of the game.
Tennis was so much more graceful and artistic than I had ever expected. The way that the players glided across the court was hypnotizing. After about half an hour of watching, I was able to follow along, and the matches became much more enjoyable. I loved clapping and cheering along with the rest of the tennis fans and stuffing myself with waffle fries and ice cold lemonade! The U.S. Open was an amazing experience, which has initiated my love for the game. Tennis lessons may be in the works!