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Miracles do happen.

Yes, miracles do happen...cus it happened to me.

Imagine your 1st ever Slam experience, getting to see your fav player play live just once, for the 1st time...getting to see a lot of players for the 1st time. Imagine your last night before going home and you'd dearly love to have seen your fav play one last time...but you don't have a night ticket for Ashe.

Imagine those magic words, an angel says...'I have a spare ticket, would you like to come in with me?'

No, this wasn't some fanciful dream. It happened.

This was a lot of firsts for me....1st time in New York (a great experience in itself), 1st Slam, seeing guys I've only ever followed on the net and seen pics of etc.....

And I had a ball But the biggest thrill of all, I have to admit, was to get to see Rafa in the flesh (and what flesh) both on the practice court and playing (you can check out my pics on his section). I counted myself lucky to get seeing him play at all, considering his knees (poor baby).

Anyways, Fri came and it was my last day and night at the Open. I was just going to content myself with watching on the big screen out on the Plaza and I got talking to a woman by the fountain (one of the many very friendly folk I struck up conversations with over the week). I was bemoaning the fact I couldn't get to see my beloved Rafa play just one more time before going home and she asked me if I was on my own.

Then she said those magic words. 'We have a SPARE TICKET (their daughter wasn't able to come with them), would you like to come in with us!' I don't think they've ever seen anyone so grateful, grovelling and babbling thanks all night long in all their lives

And so, I got to get onto Ashe for one more night match to see Rafa against Tipsaravic. How's that for a happy ending to an absolutely wonderful and memorable experience! So, Mary and Chuck, if yous are out there reading this....thank you, thank you again, you wonderful, generous people

Now, wasn't that a nice 'feel good' story to warm the cockles of your heart!
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Yes, miracles do happen...cus it happened to me.

Imagine your 1st ever Slam experience, getting to see your fav player play live just once, for the 1st time...getting to see a lot of players for the 1st time. Imagine your last night before going home and you'd dearly love to have seen your fav play one last time...but you don't have a night ticket for Ashe.

Imagine those magic words, an angel says...'I have a spare ticket, would you like to come in with me?'

No, this wasn't some fanciful dream. It happened.

This was a lot of firsts for me....1st time in New York (a great experience in itself), 1st Slam, seeing guys I've only ever followed on the net and seen pics of etc.....

And I had a ball But the biggest thrill of all, I have to admit, was to get to see Rafa in the flesh (and what flesh) both on the practice court and playing (you can check out my pics on his section). I counted myself lucky to get seeing him play at all, considering his knees (poor baby).

Anyways, Fri came and it was my last day and night at the Open. I was just going to content myself with watching on the big screen out on the Plaza and I got talking to a woman by the fountain (one of the many very friendly folk I struck up conversations with over the week). I was bemoaning the fact I couldn't get to see my beloved Rafa play just one more time before going home and she asked me if I was on my own.

Then she said those magic words. 'We have a SPARE TICKET (their daughter wasn't able to come with them), would you like to come in with us!' I don't think they've ever seen anyone so grateful, grovelling and babbling thanks all night long in all their lives

And so, I got to get onto Ashe for one more night match to see Rafa against Tipsaravic. How's that for a happy ending to an absolutely wonderful and memorable experience! So, Mary and Chuck, if yous are out there reading this....thank you, thank you again, you wonderful, generous people

Now, wasn't that a nice 'feel good' story to warm the cockles of your heart!
To be completely honest, no, not really.

Not really a miracle
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Re: Miracles do happen.

It would've been better if you got to see the GOAT Federer
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Re: Miracles do happen.

Two replies that aren't going to encourage someone with only 35 posts to their name to add to that tally.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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Re: Miracles do happen.

Oh dear....you've lost your joy of life somewhere along the way, haven't you!

'Not really a miracle!' Well, it was for me....cus things like that don't happen too often....and made me realise that the spirit of goodness and generousity is still alive and well in this ole selfish, 'what's in it for me' kind of world.

Guess you've gotta walk a mile in my shoes first before you can really appreciate it!
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Federer?
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I'm very hapy for you. It was obviously a wonderful experience And you got to meet some nice, regular people - which doesn't always seems to be the case here. Don't let the neg. responses turn you off
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Oh, don't worry about me, Sjengster...I've got a thick skin and I've been reading on the board here a long time, so it's nothing really less than I expected! But thanks anyway.

And actually, adeegee...I did get to see the Man himself, his 1st match against Capdeville. I'm one of those rare creatures that's a fan of both Rafa and Rog, so I was on a win-win situation.
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And actually, adeegee...I did get to see the Man himself, his 1st match against Capdeville. I'm one of those rare creatures that's a fan of both Rafa and Rog, so I was on a win-win situation.
I was only kidding, I'm a Rafa fan if you hadn't noticed

Glad you got to see him
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Sounds like you had a great time Carino! I went to the USOpen for the 1st time this year myself (though only for one day) and I can relate to the feelings you described (my 1st tournament too ). It's great that you got the free ticket . It has happened to me too a couple of times for concerts and theater performances.
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And yeah, Barbadosan, thanks...got to meet a lot of nice, regular folk at the Open who were only too happy to be helpful and friendly to a person on their own, far from home.

And don't worry, won't let the neg responses put me off. Like I said, I've been reading here far too long to not know what to expect!

Guess I should just stick with the nice, regular and friendly folk I've meet here then!
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Hi adeegee. Meant my reply in the nicest of ways, of course. Just assuring you that - 'where there was Rafa, there was Roger also' After all, those 2 roll of the tongue together, don't they! So yeah, I definitely had me a bit of R & R!
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I'm one of those rare creatures that's a fan of both Rafa and Rog, so I was on a win-win situation.
Pleased to meet you, fellow Rare Creature!

Great to read about your experience - that surely must've been wonderful.

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