Watching world class tennis in person is amazing. Nadine & I got to attend the final 4 days of the 2013 US Open. The marketing line for the event is “Nothing beats being here” and they nailed it. Watching on TV is fun and certainly has its advantages (convenience and cost high on that list), but the experience is more than what is happening on center court.
Of course there are the big events: the 54 volley rally between Nadal and Djokovic or the 5 set marathon in the semi final. But some of my favorite matches were the ones that weren’t widely covered:
The Champions Doubles final featuring the McEnroe brothers where we got to sit in the first couple of rows to witness great tennis up close.
Junior singles finals that went 3 sets. And where the ball boy tossed me a ball after the match (it is the little things)
And wheelchair matches where the level of competition was as high as on any court at the tournament.
It may be awhile before we make it back, but we are glad we got to go once.