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My DC tourney experience

I guess this should go in here instead of GM. I'll just post my little reviews and pics (when I get to them) in this thread and update it day by day.
I wanted to go yesterday, but I couldn't see driving 2 hours there then 2 hours back to see one match, but I am kicking myself for it after all the rain we got today. I got there around 1:30 I think, started walking around because I like to check things out before I settle down, and found Marat Safin and Tommy Haas practicing in one of the courts in back. Quite a large crowd, but I managed to squirm my way into a seat in the bleachers for about 20 minute or so, got some good pictures, then went to the stadium to watch Johansson and Giraldo. Watched about 5 games then decided to move around again. It was very cloudy, very humid, and I decided to watch Sa and Dev Varman on the Grandstand under the big shade that's covering the bleachers on one side. They were warming up and I saw rain drops and that was it. It just poured for quite some time, then let up, then poured some more, then let up, etc. When it let up a bit, I went to get something to eat, sat in the food court for another hour waiting for the rain to stop which it never did. After they announced play for the main draw was suspended, I left. Another 2+ hour drive home because the traffic was pretty bad. Oh, I almost got Marat's autograph when he finished practicing (right before I headed to the grandstand), he had quite a crowd around him. Hell, just seeing him practice up close made my day. Now I need to get a few pics up and I'll post them on here.
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http://www.imagestation.com/7931935/3898245309

My photos from today. Not much, but there wasn't much to watch.
Hold on folks, it's only giving me 1 pic and there are 8 in the album. I'm working on it right now!

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Now THIS should get you to the album and not just the first picture.
http://www.imagestation.com/album/pi...il-AlbumInvite
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Now THIS should get you to the album and not just the first picture.
http://www.imagestation.com/album/pi...il-AlbumInvite
Thanks for the pictures.

Also, do you know who that girl is that was seating with Marat and Tom during the practice?
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Also, do you know who that girl is that was seating with Marat and Tom during the practice?
The only woman I saw on the court was Haas's girlfriend. Safin's coach & trainer & Haas's coach were there too.
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Those are some nice pictures. And what can I say? Haas is a very fine looking man.
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I assumed the blonde girl was Tommy's gf, I couldn't see her well from where I was because she was sitting down. Like it matters to me, I am not there to see girlfriends. Just the hot guys with their shirts off, lol.
Today should be good IF it doesn't rain. I think I'll be running around from Grandstand to Court 1 most of the evening. I have to get my errands done this morning and try to leave by 1pm (and knowing me, that really means 1:30, lol).
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Updated my avatar. I tried to write "Marat" above his racket, but it is too small, damn. I don't think it's too bad for my first attempt at making my own avatar.
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I made it home in record time and I have to write this down before I completely forget because I'm already half asleep. First of all, the beltway sucks. It took me 3 hours to get to the stadium today, all because I was running a bit late and hit rush hour, and I had to stop and get film for my one camera because I forgot to put it in my bag (and that camera wasn't working half the time, but I didn't know that until later, good thing for the digital). However, it only took me 1 hr 45 minutes to get home, so there's the difference traffic makes. First thing I did when I went inside was check the outside courts. Found A-rod practicing, took some pics. Then went and saw Economidis vs. Klizan for a little bit, then to Bozoljac vs. Capdeville, I think that was where Vince Spadea sat in front of me for, oh, a minute before he left (I saw him yesterday too, he's everywhere). Then I walked around to get something really cold to eat because I was burning up in the heat and who did I find? Marat practicing. Monfils came to practice next but I didn't stay. I tried to follow the crowd of kids getting autographs but it was nuts, those kids are crazy! However, I managed to get Becker's autograph, thank you dude, I know my hands were a bit full and yes, I actually knew who you were unlike the idiots next to me who I caught on audio talking shit. Oh, and I missed getting Marat's little racket throw on video, damn. Then I went into the stadium to watch a few games of Kunitsyn vs. Grosjean, then back out to grandstand for Korolev vs. Mello. I was torn at that point because I wanted to watch that match and the dubs on Court 1, Booty and Stretch. When I felt Korolev had a hold on his match, I went behind that court to see the dubs, had a great seat but my back was killing me even if I had something to lean against. I watched a few games of Haase vs. Bogdanovic, then I went back over to Grandstand to watch the very end of Erlich/Ram vs. Kerr/Thomas. Then back to the stadium to watch Bhupathi/Henman vs. Lee/Russell, fun to watch. Then I stayed for 3 games of Falla vs. Kendrick because I knew how long a drive I had ahead of me. Tomorrow, I'm staying till the end! Hopefully I'll get to the pictures later on in the morning because I'm ready for sleep! I hope I didn't leave anything out. And I hate that this thread is all stretched out wide, it doesn't fit on my screen.
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Hey guys and gals, I added a bunch more photos to my album (look above). I haven't had time to caption them. I tried to put one photo of each player I saw because there are just too many. Some photos are a bit blurry and that was the only one I took. I'm also not good at night photography, been doing this for 15 years and still haven't figured out how to do it without using a flash. And I DO mark my photos. I know some people hate it, but you've apparently never had people take your photos and sell them as their own and that has happened to me a few times before. Now I am off to another very long, very hot day of tennis.
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Thanks for putting up the pics. It is really tough to take pictures at night, without a flash, of players in action with a digital camera. Nice pictures and reports, though. Looks like you were at a lot of the same matches I was.

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I think I've been to every match that's been played. Well, almost. I saw bits and pieces of all the singles except for Llodra vs. Haase. I actually got to see the entire Safin/Hernych match tonight. Thanks Marat, I could've been home an hour earlier if you didn't have a brain fart in the second set. I didn't see any doubles today, there was just too much going on at once. I think I'm starting to know the people who work on the side courts a little too well now, lol. So, I started out on my trip about 20 minutes earlier and it made a big difference, there was still traffic problems in the same spots but it wasn't as bad. I made it home in record time, 1 hour and 35 minutes (I think I've made it home faster only one other time and that was because I drove 90 the entire way on the beltway and part of another interstate, I have a bit of a lead foot, lol). I got there right around 4pm and walked right up to where Tommy Haas just finished practice and got his autograph. If I had my camera out of my bag, I could've gotten a picture too, he was being very fan friendly. I actually like going to court 2 during the day, the bleachers are in the shade! The shade on Grandstand isn't very good during the day, the sun still comes in at certain times, but it's a terrific idea, maybe they'll cover both set of stands next year. I got my daily dose of Spadea, saw him watching the Sweeting/Moodie match for a bit (yeah, I saw you ). I had a plan on how to cover the 3 outer courts. I went to court 2, then to grandstand, then to court 1, then to Stadium, then started all over again. It's crazy, but that's what I did. I think I'll have to do it again tomorrow, there's just too much going on at once. I also learned from the last couple of days and brought my own food and drinks, the food there is awful and very expensive, so save your money and bring it yourself! There was a point before the sun started going down that the sun started getting to me, so I had to find shade and get some water and a snack, then I felt better. I'm not used to the sun (as if you can't tell by looking at my pale fair skin, hey, I'm part Irish, blame my relatives) and it's like an icebox where I work, so heat and sun aren't my friend. I think I'm rambling but I'm tired. Anyway, I took a TON of pictures, some video (but who knows if I'll ever get that online), I did get video of Marat throwing his racket at the end of the second set (thanks Marat, I was waiting for it, lol) but that video needs edited down. Oh, and I finally got to meet the people in my box tonight! Random people have been just sitting anywhere they wanted to and a few times they were in my seat, so I sat either behind or in front of them, but I had to take a stand for my proper seat tonight. OK, not sure when I'll get to pics because I need to leave earlier tomorrow. Now I must sleep.
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I'm adding some pictures as I'm getting ready to leave since it takes forever to load them. Just wait till about 3pm ET to go look at them or it might delay loading them onto the album. I don't think I'll get all of them from yesterday up, but at least half of them. I totally forgot to add that I sat beside a player girlfriend and a couple of times coaches yesterday. Totally random. I wish I knew a few other languages because I want to know what they were saying. I think the last time I was at this tournament was 9 years ago, it was right after I had sprained my ankle and a couple were talking about me in French right beside me, kind of rude too, and they didn't quite realize that I knew French and I let them know it. So people, before you start talking shit about someone, know their situation because you have no idea what is going on.
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Ok, nevermind the waiting till 3pm, I finished uploading all of them. Just didn't get captions fixed. Enjoy. Let me know what you think of them.
I am heading out after I eat lunch.
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Made it home, more traffic tonight than usual after midnight. I got there about 4:15 because they were doing some road work on the exit I needed to get off of and the beltway traffic was horrendous again, I really need to find another way to get there. First match I went to was Odesnik/Del Potro, then to Karlovic/Korolev. There is absolutely nothing like sitting right beside Karlovic when he's serving. It's amazing to watch and nothing like seeing it on tv. And don't sit on the first row of the bleachers near the ends, he might take your head off. I love courts 1 & 2, you really are right there beside them. I watched the end of that match, to Korolev. Then went to see the end of the first set of Spadea/Moodie, then back over to court 1 for some of Becker/Isner, then I saw the end of the first set of Fish/Berrer (kind of crowded). Then watched a few games of Benneteau/Nishikori and over to the stadium for the end of Clement/Johansson. Watched the entire Bryans dubs, thanks Bob for trying to give me the shirt but the old man grabbed it, who knows why he wanted it anyway, the ladies I was sitting with wanted to clock him, lol. Like I tell everyone, PUT IT IN MY HANDS, I can't catch anything. Ok, so then I watched the first few games of Haas/Falla, then went to the end of Hanley/Ullyett vs. Bhupathi/Henman and that was it for me. I'm exhausted! Not sure when pics will go up, I have a lot of things I need to get done while I'm home. Sorry I'm not all in depth with my reporting, but my brain doesn't function well this early in the morning. It's already in sleep mode.
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