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Adam's US Open Practice + Main Draw Report and Pics.....(first set of pics added)

I've started uploading my pics, you can find all the albums here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee84

If anyone wants the proper full size images they can ask

Thursday 21st August (2nd round qualifying and practice).......

Novak Djokovic - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...cticeThursday#
Marat Safin and Tommy Haas - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...SOpenPractice#
Rafael Nadal - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...cticeThursday#
Roger Federer - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...cticeThursday#
Rafael Nadal (2nd) and Feliciano Lopez - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...cticeThursday#
Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...cticeThursday#
Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. Ricardas Berankis - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...fyingThursday#
Nicolas Massu - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...fyingThursday#
Viktor Troicki - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...cticeThursday#
Phillip Petzschner - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...fyingThursday#

Sunday 24th August (practice day).......

Paul-Henri Mathieu - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Radek Stepanek - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Dmitriy Tursunov - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Fernando Gonzalez and Carlos Moya - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Viktor Troicki - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Simone Bolelli - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Marat Safin and Guillermo Canas - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Luis Horna - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Nicolas Almagro - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Robby Ginepri - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Rafael Nadal - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Feliciano Lopez - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Vince Spadea - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Thomasz Bellucci and Jose Acasuso - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Ernests Gulbis - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
King Oscar Hernandez - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#
Flavio Cipolla - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...ticeDaySunday#

Monday 25th August (practice + round 1).......

Luis Horna - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...racticeMonday#
Igor Andreev - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...racticeMonday#
Rafael Nadal (practice) - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...racticeMonday#
Rafael Nadal (match) - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...NadalUSOpenR1#
Agustin Calleri - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...racticeMonday#
Simone Bolelli vs. Stanislas Wawrinka - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...rinkaUSOpenR1#
Andy Roddick - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...racticeMonday#
Fabio Fognini - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...gniniUSOpenR1#
Andre Sa - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...racticeMonday#
Juan Martin Del Potro - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...racticeMonday#
Oscar Hernandez vs. Thomasz Bellucci - http://picasaweb.google.com/adeegee8...lucciUSOpenR1#

Tuesday 26th August (practice + round 1).......

Andreas Seppi - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...SOpenPractice#
Gael Monfils - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...SOpenPractice#
Fernando Verdasco - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...SOpenPractice#
Paul-Henri Mathieu (and Mats) - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...SOpenPractice#
Rafael Nadal - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...SOpenPractice#
Radek Stepanek - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...SOpenPractice#
Jeremy Chardy vs. Frederico Gil - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...coGilUSOpenR1#
Flavio Cipolla vs. Jan Hernych - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...rnychUSOpenR1#
Fernando Verdasco signing - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...dascoUSOpenR1#
Jamie Murray and Max Mirnyi - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...SOpenPractice#
Thiago Alves vs. Paul Capdeville - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/adeege...villeUSOpenR1#




I went to qualies on Thursday but the matches were hugely uninteresting so I won't bother with a report

I'm not gonna be able to upload pics until I get back next week (apologies for the misleading title) but I assure you there will be lots.

Practice day was interesting today, not that easy to tell who's playing well but it's interesting to see players interacting with fans.

- Rafa and Federer's practices are amusing, both of them look annoyed with their games. I wouldn't say either of them are the most entertaining in terms of personalities to watch practice, but they both have a lot of fangirls here who applaud every winner they hit

- Djokovic is a lot more fun to watch, him and his coach play little games and involve the crowd quite a lot. I'm still neutral towards him and realise why people don't like him, but I think underneath the arrogance he's a funny and good guy who just likes to show off a little bit

- Safin really went up in my estimation today. He's usually been a bit of an ass when I've watched him previously, but today he was in one of his best ever moods. After practice today, he got swamped by fans and signed for a long time. Then he headed off but just before he got in the exit a lady asked for a photo with her daughter who was in a wheelchair. Safin waited patiently while they set up the picture, and by that time another load of fans surrounded him and he stayed quite a lot longer. It makes a change when he's better off the court than on, his forehand is looking as horrible as ever

- Del Potro is hitting the ball ridiculously hard. I swear, I watched him at Wimbledon and since then he must've added at least 5mph to every single shot. He's creaming the ball. I was sceptical because he's mainly only won MM tourneys, but he did look damn good.

- Davydenko is about as popular as a hot drink at the USO. If there's a tiny crowd of about 2 or 3 people watching a practice court, you can almost be sure it's him

- Tsonga doesn't look in the best of shape, don't expect him to go far (watch him romp to title now ).

- Simon was ripping Gasquet a fat one today. Gasquet should probably realise it's possible to practice with someone who isn't from the same country as him (he was with Benneteau later on as well).

- Bolelli always manages to impress me in practice. He was hitting the ball beautifully. I was going to predict a good run but I see he's playing Stan who also looks good, tough match to call imo.

- Andreev had a hugely productive day today, sitting in the corner of a court on his laptop while girlfriend Maria Kirilenko produced a truly dire display

- Tursunov puzzles me. He's as miserable as hell on court. Then he comes off the court and still looks miserable but is actually very friendly and funny.

- Vinnie Ice had the most amazing outfit on today. I wish I could post my pictures now he had an American flag bandana, but his t-shirt was just it had a picture, I think it was supposed to be him with "hip hop" written above. He looked like an incredible mess. What a guy.

- Steve Darcis either practiced about 84 times today or has an identical lookalike

- Competition for worst shot of the week is between Djokovic's volleys, Safin's forehand, Mirnyi's forehand or Moya's backhand.






I don't really like the men's schedule for tomorrow. I'll go to Rafa's match of course, and Murray. But both should hopefully be one-sided. I think Wawrinka-Bolelli will be the best match of the day. Hernandez-Bellucci is a must of course. Other than that, there isn't that much. Lopez-Melzer could be funny, it could be headcase heaven Vanek-Bohli might possibly be the worst grand slam match ever.

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Poor Davydenko

Thanks for the report. It means much while we are waiting for the tournament to start

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Steve Darcis either practiced about 84 times today or has an identical lookalike
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- Vinnie Ice had the most amazing outfit on today. I wish I could post my pictures now he had an American flag bandana, but his t-shirt was just it had a picture, I think it was supposed to be him with "hip hop" written above. He looked like an incredible mess. What a guy.
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Awesome mate, hope you have a good one. You wouldn't believe how jealous I am, wish I could be out there!
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Great stuff, thanx for sharing, please keep on reporting and if possible more in detail (I'm abusing, I know)

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I saw adee-gee getting his picture taken with The King today.

(They aren't very good but I also took some pix.)
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I don't really like the men's schedule for tomorrow. I'll go to Rafa's match of course, and Murray. But both should hopefully be one-sided. I think Wawrinka-Bolelli will be the best match of the day. Hernandez-Bellucci is a must of course. Other than that, there isn't that much. Lopez-Melzer could be funny, it could be headcase heaven Vanek-Bohli might possibly be the worst grand slam match ever.
The men's schedule isn't bad.

Fourth match up on Court 11 is particularly exciting. (Which if any MTF-er really wants to find me, go to that court and it shouldn't be hard )

Although I'm sure you'll be watching Kleybanova and Cirstea all day

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Interesting stuff! Thanks!

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Good stuff Adam and all hail the King.

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Thanks for the report, Adam! Have a great time!
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