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Who's going?

~EMiLiTA~
05-05-2006, 11:59 AM
Hi guys,

Am planning on going to the US Open for the first time this year. Just wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions on hotels/area to stay in. 3-4 star hotel standard...and which areas would be best for transportation etc.

You can reply here or pm me. Any info would be much appreciated!!

Straby
05-05-2006, 01:14 PM
It's gonna be my first time to New York, so maybe I'm wrong here, but it's very hard to find a decent hotel in the center of the city (Manhattan) for a normal price. I've found myself a nice hotel just on the other side of the water, in Queens (Queens Boulevard, to be precise). Just 1 block away from the metroline that is going directly to Flushing Meadows. Maybe that's worth a look at. :)

cobalt60
06-02-2006, 05:41 PM
Have a question? I figured if I go I can stay near Grand Central and take a line straight in but if I stay on the east side what might be the best area?

smucav
06-04-2006, 07:15 PM
We'll Take Manhattan - for Less Than $200 a Night (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/travel/features/2006/nyunder250/gallery.html)

Readers' Choice: 8 More NYC Hotels Under $200 a Night (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/26/AR2006052600587.html)

Straby
06-13-2006, 04:10 PM
Thanks for the links smucav. :yeah:
Unfortunately a bit too late for me, as I've already booked my hotel.
And I've just bought my ticket for the 4th of September. Day session, Arthur Ashe stadium. :banana:

alfonsojose
06-22-2006, 07:29 PM
I'll be there Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th, morning sessions

savesthedizzle
06-22-2006, 09:59 PM
:wavey: I'll be going on days yet to be decided :)

~EMiLiTA~
06-23-2006, 12:55 PM
i'll be there for qualies as well as the first Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday

its.like.that
06-23-2006, 08:32 PM
I will most likely be there for the 2 weeks of main draw competition.

:smoke:

NicoFan
06-23-2006, 10:55 PM
I'm there! :woohoo:

First week of competition, as usual.

And the week before, the qualifying and practice days.

Straby
06-25-2006, 04:03 PM
i will be there on the 2nd monday (Sept 4), day session. :)

usopen
06-26-2006, 10:25 PM
I am looking to purchase extra Loge or Courtside tickets to all the matches. Please email me with exact location and price. :)
carl@carlcooke.com

alfonsojose
06-26-2006, 11:19 PM
Will be Agassi honored at first day night session?

~EMiLiTA~
06-28-2006, 02:23 PM
are the qualies free?

savesthedizzle
06-29-2006, 02:48 AM
are the qualies free?


Yes :) I went last year for a day and will go this year whenever I have days off from work.

dudi_fan
07-08-2006, 09:26 PM
They shud be...

dudi_fan
07-08-2006, 09:28 PM
go to USopen.org/tickects or call there 1-800 tickect number it's on the website..

dudi_fan
07-08-2006, 09:30 PM
OOO expensive.... but it's the BIG APPLE!!!!

alfonsojose
07-12-2006, 03:15 AM
New Yorkers, Which one is better (or faster) : Subway or LIRR. I don't know what to pick from/to JFK airport and Flushing :shrug:

thanks :D

cobalt60
07-12-2006, 11:34 PM
I am still deciding :)

NicoFan
07-13-2006, 01:42 AM
are the qualies free?

Hey Emilita!

As someone said, yes, the qualifying is free. And the guys that aren't playing in a tournament that week are there practicing.

Also Saturday and Sunday too are free.

Saturday is Arthur Ashe Kids Day. Gives me a headache until the kids go into AA stadium for the festivities. :lol: But then all the players come out and practice! ;) :lol:

Sunday is the best. Because all the guys are practicing, they're relaxed, great time to take pictures. And very few kids. Phew. ;) :lol:

NicoFan
07-13-2006, 01:46 AM
New Yorkers, Which one is better (or faster) : Subway or LIRR. I don't know what to pick from/to JFK airport and Flushing :shrug:

thanks :D

Hmmm...you'll have to ask another New Yawker becuase I didn't think the subway or LIRR went near JFK airport. I thought you had to take a bus from JFK to the Roosevelt station (called another name if you take the #7 train) in Jackson Heights, and from there take the #7 subway into Flushing Meadows. But ask NYCtennisfan. I'm sure he can help you. Sorrry...I always take a cab or car service when I go to the airports. :shrug:

NicoFan
07-13-2006, 01:49 AM
Will be Agassi honored at first day night session?

I don't think anyone knows for sure yet except the USTA.

If I remember right, for Pete, they didn't do it on the first Monday night session.

But I hope its the best celebration that the National Tennis Center has ever seen. :yeah: People love Andre in NY, so for both Andre and the fans, the USTA has to do a good job organizing this.

alfonsojose
07-13-2006, 07:19 PM
Hmmm...you'll have to ask another New Yawker becuase I didn't think the subway or LIRR went near JFK airport. I thought you had to take a bus from JFK to the Roosevelt station (called another name if you take the #7 train) in Jackson Heights, and from there take the #7 subway into Flushing Meadows. But ask NYCtennisfan. I'm sure he can help you. Sorrry...I always take a cab or car service when I go to the airports. :shrug:
Airtrain :D
http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/mta/airtrain.htm

antoniogarcia91
08-02-2006, 05:32 AM
hi
someone can tell me when is the kids day in the arthur ashe stadium ??
is the fisrt saturday or second in september or agust??

kety333
08-02-2006, 02:11 PM
asked is if mario ancic will play on US open,what baddd...we in croatia are so sad....mari get well soon!!

antoniogarcia91
08-02-2006, 04:13 PM
hi
someone can tell me when is the kids day in the arthur ashe stadium ??
is the fisrt saturday or second in september or agust??

fenomeno2111
08-09-2006, 12:03 AM
New Yorkers, Which one is better (or faster) : Subway or LIRR. I don't know what to pick from/to JFK airport and Flushing :shrug:

thanks :D
From JFK is really hard to get public transportation, if you can fly to LaGuardia then take the bus down and there you can take a train. go to the mta website...

Straby
08-12-2006, 01:28 PM
A short question:

I've booked my tickets a while back through the internet on ticketmaster.com and decided to pick up my tickets at Will Call. Is there a certain location around the Flushing Meadows ground where I can pick them up?

Thanks for the help. :wavey:

Pigpen Stinks
08-12-2006, 03:17 PM
I believe it's right next to the main ticket booth. So, if you're coming by train or walking over the boardwalk, it will be to the right of the main entrance gate. You can't miss it.

Straby
08-12-2006, 03:22 PM
Ah, thanks. I'm coming with the subway line #7, so I shouldn't have a problem finding it. :)

Fee
08-12-2006, 07:11 PM
Two answers:

Arthur Ashe kids day is the Saturday before the tournament starts (the 26th?).

Will Call is located next to the main ticket windows, so you could miss it. When you come out of the subway follow the crowd down the path (the boardwalk) and then head to your right when you get to the bottom. If you go on the first day there will be a humongous line for tickets. Ignore that. Go through, past, or whatever you have to do to get as close to the windows as you can where you can see the Will Call window (there's a sign above it) and go straight up to it. Rarely more than 5 or 6 people there. Smart plan, going with will call tickets. Have your photo ID, the credit card you used to buy the tickets, and whatever print out you had when you purchased them on line, just in case they somehow misplace or misfiled your order.

Wear your sunscreen, have fun. :)

Straby
08-12-2006, 09:51 PM
Fee to the rescue. :p

Fee
08-13-2006, 01:23 AM
Word. ;) I had a relatively horrible experience there last year and would not wish that on anyone.

3abbes
08-15-2006, 11:54 PM
how do we get v cash other than betting?

Fee
08-16-2006, 02:53 AM
not sure, look in the FAQ or in the Forum about the Forum. You can find that on the main page, at the bottom. :)

tennismaestro
08-17-2006, 01:08 PM
I am not going.. I must settle for watching on the tv.
I would love to watch it live!

savesthedizzle
08-21-2006, 03:29 AM
I'll be at the quallies for sure on Thursday ;) The first week of play I'm going in whenever I get a day off from work. :lol:

TMJordan
08-21-2006, 03:31 AM
I wana go........fack.

andyroxmysox12191
08-21-2006, 05:09 PM
So I have a question. I am going this year but only for a day sadly. The days that I can go are the first day and Sept 3rd....so I'm wondering which day would be better to go.

Originally I was gonna go the first day but it turns out that my family and I are going to NY the 3rd anyway so my parents could just drop my brother and me off there. It'd be lovely if I could go both days but :lol: I don't think my parents want to drive up there three times (we also have to drop off my brothers stuff at college a couple days before it starts) :p

So if anyone has thoughts, I'd love to hear them :D

Pigpen Stinks
08-21-2006, 07:29 PM
So I have a question. I am going this year but only for a day sadly. The days that I can go are the first day and Sept 3rd....so I'm wondering which day would be better to go.

Originally I was gonna go the first day but it turns out that my family and I are going to NY the 3rd anyway so my parents could just drop my brother and me off there. It'd be lovely if I could go both days but :lol: I don't think my parents want to drive up there three times (we also have to drop off my brothers stuff at college a couple days before it starts) :p

So if anyone has thoughts, I'd love to hear them :D

It kind of depends whether you prefer watching bigger name players play against each other, or if you prefer to see plenty of tennis up close. The first day you'll obviously get tons of action all over the grounds - a great chance to sit courtside and see lots of different players.

The 2nd Sunday is scheduled to be women's 4th round and men's 3rd round action. So, there will probably be 7 men's singles matches and 3 ladies singles matches on the day ticket. 3 of those singles matches are likely to be in Ashe Stadium which sucks, unless you're in a luxury suite or have really good seats. So, you'll have far fewer singles matches to choose from, and the quality of the matches in Armstrong and the Grandstand could be hit or miss. If you're a doubles fan, there will also be tons of doubles around the grounds. Not sure when the Juniors start. It could be that day, in case you're into that.

For me, I would pick the first day. One drawback on the first day is that there is no doubles. I'm pretty sure on that. I don't think they start any doubles until the 2nd or 3rd day.

napki
08-22-2006, 04:53 PM
Hey Emilita!

As someone said, yes, the qualifying is free. And the guys that aren't playing in a tournament that week are there practicing.

Also Saturday and Sunday too are free.

Saturday is Arthur Ashe Kids Day. Gives me a headache until the kids go into AA stadium for the festivities. :lol: But then all the players come out and practice! ;) :lol:

Sunday is the best. Because all the guys are practicing, they're relaxed, great time to take pictures. And very few kids. Phew. ;) :lol:
I'm in :bounce:

I can't take any more days off from work, so i'll be there only on the weekends. Can't wait!!! :D

andyroxmysox12191
08-22-2006, 05:39 PM
Thanks Pigpen Stinks :hug:
I think I'm stuck with the 3rd but honestly, I'll take any tennis right now :lol: Maybe next year, I'll go in the first week (:

Sunday is the best. Because all the guys are practicing, they're relaxed, great time to take pictures. And very few kids. Phew. ;) :lol:

Didn't see this earlier but I completely agree since I went in 2004 and it was perfect. Sunday is great and there really weren't that many kids around which I was glad even though I was younger then :lol:

The only two people that I didn't see and that I wanted to, were Roger and Andy. My guess is that they were out there earlier than I got there :shrug: But I saw Rafa (this was kinda before he was big and before girls were gushing over him lol), JCF, Marat (on the secluded court though), Mardy, Robby, Robredo, etc etc...it's a great day to see players and it wasn't that crowded so I also recommend going Sunday if anyone can get there (:

SwissMister1
08-22-2006, 10:15 PM
I'm going up there tonight, going to be a long drive, checking out Wed.-Fri. of qualies. Also probably Mon-Tues of 1st rd.

andyrox- I've been to the middle Sunday before, worked out ok. Grandstand and Louie Armstrong had almost all men's matches. I believe I was actually there later at night than the people who had night session tickets (b/c of very long 5-set matches on both courts while the night session matches went quickly) Juniors does start on that day.

SwissMister1
08-22-2006, 10:17 PM
I don't think they start any doubles until the 2nd or 3rd day.

Yup, the 3rd day, which is mostly doubles actually, very few men's singles matches are played on the 3rd day, and unless there was rain backing things up all are early in the day. So if you only want to see men's singles the 3rd day is not a good choice.

Pigpen Stinks
08-23-2006, 12:15 AM
Well, got off to a later start than I had hoped. It's at least an hour and a half drive for me, and left around 10:30. Not too bad with traffic except crossing the GWB. Was able to get a good parking spot in one of the mini lots near the Ashe Stadium entrance. 2 minute walk and I'm on the grounds just after noon.

Headed to court 7 first to catch the end of the Reynolds match. I know nobody prabably gives a crap about him, but I have an allegiance. He was up a set and 5-0 in the second and managed to serve it out. Good win over Boogersmuller. Hopefully he can make it to the main draw as his ranking is really in the shitter. One thing I hadn't noticed in the past about Reynolds - he has an exceptionally long chin. A cartoonist would have a field day making a caricature of him.

Next it was over to court 9 to catch the end of the Cilic-Korolev match. Same story as the Reynolds match. Koroloev won a tight first set and was rolling, up 4-0 in the second. Cilic looked like he was done by that point and Korolev closed it out at love. I don't think we'll be seeing either of these guys, especially Korolev, playing in qualie draws much longer. Korolev has what I would call a very Russian look. Reminds me a lot of Kafelnikov. Lord knows why the USTA put these two promising youngsters on a court with virtually no seating.

Then I headed to court 13 which does have ample seating for the Bolelli-Levine match. I grabbed a seat right behind the court with a bird's eye view of the match. Levine was serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the second, having lost the first in a breaker. He did well to hold serve and then pitched a shut out in the breaker. At the start of the third two kids sat down next to me that made me think of Beavis and Butthead. The one says to the other "That dude tooled me in the 14's. Yeah, Jesse, that's the one." Another thing I need to mention is that the metal bleacher seat was about 300 degrees. I had been sitting there a good 10 minutes and my butt was still on fire. Anyway, third set stayed on serve and Levine worked out of a love 40 jam at 4-4. He also saved a break point at 5-5, and ended up winning in another breaker. I don't see Levine being Top 100 material. Not sure how old he is, but I'm guessing he's a pro and didn't do college as I recall seeing his name in a bunch of futures draws. He's a bit scrawny and doesn't really have any weapons to speak of. Unfortunately, his serve is pretty lame. He did, however, have the balls to serve and volley on some of those key break points. Bolelli was a bit flashier but just made way too many mistakes off the ground. And any time he had to hit a running forehand passing shot, it was lucky if it made it to the bottom of the net on the fly.

I think I took a bit of a break at that point to walk around and cool off my butt. That was the last match that I would sit at for the day. Plus, I was dying of thirst. This year they smartly had the row of concessions open, so I grabbed a big water for $4.75. Then I walked toward the main entrance gate and realized that I was an idiot because the hot dog vendor right outside has water for a third of the price, and you can come and go as you please during qualies. So, I grabbed a dog with mustard and relish from him. Wasn't really too good, and definitely didn't fill me so I got some of those waffle fries back inside the center. As a tribute to my Belgian TT doubles partner I used some mayo as a condiment.

Walked into the Grandstand where some little kid was hitting with a coach type. Then Armstrong where Sharapova was screeching away playing a set with maybe Sugiyama.

Then back out to the action. Ulihrach - Martin Lee had just gone to a third set. Lee looks like he more belongs on a rugby field. Anyway, first point of the third set Lee serves a fault, then winces in pain and calls for the trainer because of his knee. Took about 10 minutes to get the trainer there, but he wouldn't treat him since they had started the game. I can't figure out those rules. The trainer was kind of a freaky guy. He got right up into Lee's face and looked at him like he was a boxing referee trying to determine if a fighter was able to continue. Well, a few points later Lee threw in the towel. Ulihrach pretended to be concerned as they shook hands the way a player pretends to be sorry when they win a point on a let cord. Then Lee comes to his chair and slams his racquet to the ground in disgust. That was pretty funny. Oh well, poor guy.

Didn't watch too much of any other matches, just a lot of glimpses. Junqueira-Meffert was kind of funny. Junqueira is a little guy. Looks more like a CPA than a pro tennis player, and he's lucky if he comes up to Meffert's shoulder. Caught a bit of Galvani's match. He hits a very flat ball off of both sides. Remembered a bit of that from his match against Dani 3 years ago. A woman at courtside that I assumed to be his girlfriend/wife was :smoke: Watched just a bit of Oudsema-Witten. Witten certainly has some firepower. Had seen him at Bingampton qualies last year and was impressed. Sela-Vico was interesting. Dudi has a little Jay Berger thing going with his serve. He puts his arm in the trigger position as he tosses the ball. And Vico reminded me of Kiefer. Very similar backhand.

Saw Hrbaty practicing on one of the outer courts with what I was sure was Murray at first. Same height, same build, same hair, maybe not so scary facial features, at least from the far side of the court. The I heard Hrbaty speaking to him in what I believe was Czech and I realized it wasn't Andy. I walked over to the other side and asked a guy if he knew who that was, and he said "No, but I know the other guy." I was like, yeah I know him too, that's why I was asking you about this guy.

Then over to the main practice courts where Tursy was hitting with Gabashvili. No shirt on Tursy, girls. Sorry, no pictures. One more trip to the Grandstand where Safin was playing a set with Berdych. Both hitting big, needless to say. Also saw Djokovic walking out to hit on an outer court.

I'll close with a new pet peeve of mine. It used to be the tennis fan that wears his tennis outfit and carries his bag to the matches, thinking that people might think he's an actual player. I think this has been rendered somewhat obsolete with security issues and not being able to bring those types of bags in anymore. Now we have a far worse enemy - the 40 something guy who thinks he's buff and struts around the facility shirtless. Even worse is one that wears skimpy little shorts. Viewing someone like this could be an alternative for someone in need of the Heimlich manuever.

SwissMister1
08-23-2006, 12:54 AM
great report. glad you reminded me about the hot bleacher seats - will bring a towel tomorrow. may try driving in but like you would have to take the GWB from my sister's place, so I'm not sure

stuey87
08-23-2006, 01:17 AM
Then back out to the action. Ulihrach - Martin Lee had just gone to a third set. Lee looks like he more belongs on a rugby field. Anyway, first point of the third set Lee serves a fault, then winces in pain and calls for the trainer because of his knee. Took about 10 minutes to get the trainer there, but he wouldn't treat him since they had started the game. I can't figure out those rules. The trainer was kind of a freaky guy. He got right up into Lee's face and looked at him like he was a boxing referee trying to determine if a fighter was able to continue. Well, a few points later Lee threw in the towel. Ulihrach pretended to be concerned as they shook hands the way a player pretends to be sorry when they win a point on a let cord. Then Lee comes to his chair and slams his racquet to the ground in disgust. That was pretty funny. Oh well, poor guy.

Thanks for the report.
So that's what happened to Martin :sad:
I hope he gets better soon, he would've beaten Ulihrach from a set all probably and had a big match against Dancevic.
Ah well not to be for the Brits in qualies (barring Goodall thus far).
Have fun watching if you go again!

AlexNYR
08-23-2006, 03:14 AM
also:

at noon - Gasquet hitting with Ljubicic in the grandstand and after sharapova, roddick with connors at armstrong

oberon
08-23-2006, 03:33 AM
I was there today also and the player who impresed me most was the Columbian Alejandro Falla.

Fee
08-23-2006, 03:46 AM
Jesse Levine is just under 18 I believe (he just played in Kalamazoo, so he can't be too old). :)

Thanks for the report.

shotgun
08-23-2006, 03:55 AM
I'll close with a new pet peeve of mine. It used to be the tennis fan that wears his tennis outfit and carries his bag to the matches, thinking that people might think he's an actual player. I think this has been rendered somewhat obsolete with security issues and not being able to bring those types of bags in anymore. Now we have a far worse enemy - the 40 something guy who thinks he's buff and struts around the facility shirtless. Even worse is one that wears skimpy little shorts. Viewing someone like this could be an alternative for someone in need of the Heimlich manuever.

hahahahaha

anyway, great report, thanks for that. ;)

njnetswill
08-23-2006, 04:04 AM
Thanks for the report.

I like your comment on Sharapova "screeching away". :p

alfonsojose
08-23-2006, 04:50 AM
It seems i'll be there Monday and Tuesday :D

Super-Fabio
08-23-2006, 02:42 PM
Thx :D

Simone :sad:

hwangz
08-23-2006, 09:19 PM
I want to attend the qualies this Friday, but I'm not sure if I'll make it in time. Can someone who's been there before tell me around what time it ends? Thanks!

SwissMister1
08-24-2006, 05:31 AM
Got to see my first day of qualies, great time. Here is what I saw

Carlsen v Stakhovski

Had to see the big Dane to start. Stakhovski isn't a bad player, a little slightly built and a game more tailored for clay courts. His downfall was that he really didn't get much of a look in on most of Kenneth's serves, once the rallies started it was about even.

Also watched a little of Paolo Lorenzi - Ivo Klec as it was on the adjacent court. Both guys played similar styles, Klec was losing his temper a bit. One game took the same time as about four or five games of the Carlsen match.

Safin and Gasquet practice

I stopped by the practice courts - it was great that two of my favourites practiced with each other. Not so great it was on those fenced in courts where you have to climb around bushes and trees and look through a fence to see. Safin did not have a separate coach with him. Richard's coach Eric Deblicker was talking to both guys a lot. It was funny watching the three of them talk about girls on the changeovers.

Koubek v Faurel

Watched the beginning of this match - Faurel looked like he was controlling the match, had good touch around the net, Koubek making a lot of errors, Faurel takes the first set, I leave and then it turns out Koubek ran away with the rest of the match. I like Faurel's backhand, nice style.

Koellerer v Heuberger

This match was great, I highly recommend watching Koellerer play as he is quite entertaining. The loud yell that accompanied his serve made me laugh. He did a lot of silly stuff like get a running start and kick balls over the net, dive for a volley and then pose lying on the court after. A lady that spoke German next to me was translating some of the stuff he was yelling when hed make errors. I talked to his coach (Martin Spottl) for a bit, nice guy. Overall a great Crazy Dani experience.

Peter Luczak v Younes El Aynaoui

Was suprised to see this match already going on. Younes got I believe a 5-2 lead in the second as he was hitting his classic forehand and moving better than last year. Then all of the sudden he choked it all away as he was missing everything. Looks like it is just about the end for him. He looked really down after the match.

del Potro v Vahaly

del Potro didn't have to do a lot to win here, Vahaly seems to have lost a lot on his serve, was using a weird motion and del Potro was able to easily return them. I would think d.p. would have a bigger serve for his size although he is young, good solid groundstrokes though, didn't come to net much as he didn't need to. One bad sign for del Potro is that he called the trainer and seemed to complain of heat exhaustion, had him put an ice bag on his neck. It was a very pleasant, not hot at all day, I don't get that one.

Marcel Granollers v Alex Calatrava

This was in Armstrong, don't know why they have one match there. Calatrava hits nice groundstrokes, but Granollers was getting a lot of looks at his serves and was able to serve and volley on his own serve. Granollers was playing a little bit more of a serve and volley game than many Spaniards, may have been the strategy for that match. Interesting that Calatrava was able to challenge a call and have it overturned, however it did not show up on the big screen as they don't have anything on those yet. I guess the chair ump just looks at his little monitor.

Then went to courts 8 9 and 10 which are adjacent to each other.

Becker v Fognini

The surface made a big difference here. Becker's game seems tailored for these courts, decent serve, big forehand, attacks well. Fognini seems much more at home on a clay court, fun to watch but Becker had too much power. Watched some of Luzzi v Fruttero, Fruttero doing a lot of attacking, almost had the match won in the second before I left. Galimberti and Stoppini both were watching the two matches on the adjacent courts.

Lapentti v Armando

Very clay court like match, tons of Ecuadorians in the crowd cheering on Lapentti, he played well, Armando up a break in the second before Lapentti broke back and took control of the match, Lapentti looked like he was in good form.

On the subway ride home happened to see Fognini, Stoppini and their entourages on the same subway car as me, I guess the ATP doesnt give everyone transport? Some cute girls with Fognini...

bossboss
08-24-2006, 05:55 AM
really very nice inside information .. keep on posting..

I used to live in NY in 1991 and i still remember the subway Line No 7 ... Purple Circle with a white 7 inside .. great memories

Puschkin
08-24-2006, 07:22 AM
Safin and Gasquet practice

I stopped by the practice courts - it was great that two of my favourites practiced with each other. Not so great it was on those fenced in courts where you have to climb around bushes and trees and look through a fence to see. Safin did not have a separate coach with him. Richard's coach Eric Deblicker was talking to both guys a lot. It was funny watching the three of them talk about girls on the changeovers.


:) :) :)

v__m
08-24-2006, 07:43 AM
thanks man


really good information here



Thanks SwissMister1 :)

*Ljubica*
08-24-2006, 08:31 AM
Thanks for the reports.

The Gucci one
08-24-2006, 09:03 AM
Good write ups mate I will check this thread again over the next few days.

Action Jackson
08-24-2006, 11:03 AM
Thanks for the reports and glad that the Koellerer show was entertaining and while I am happy for Luczak. I am disappointed for Younes as well.

SwissMister1
08-24-2006, 12:47 PM
glad you guys liked it. i'm going back for more later today, although the skies look threatening at the moment

Peter25
08-24-2006, 01:21 PM
Many thks for the report...great! :)

mj_mj88
08-24-2006, 01:34 PM
Hey everyone,

I will be going to the US Open for the first time this year. I was wondering, is there a way to find out when certain players will be practicing, and what practice court they will be on?

I always see posts from people who got to watch their favorite players practice, with pictures included and everything... and I always wonder how these people knew when and where to be....

I'm a huge Federer fan and I don't think I will be able to get into the stadium to see him play a match, but watching him practice would be awesome.

any help would be great... Thanks

basil333
08-24-2006, 02:56 PM
Watching players practice is a luck of the draw thing :)

As soon as you get to Flushing Meadow locate the practice courts and familiarise yourself how to get to them easily... then you will spend most of your time there walking round and round the practice courts waiting to see your player practice. Usually practice sessions last 1 hour, and the players often sit and watch the courts waiting to go on, so you will soon realise who will be taking over the courts. There will not be a handy list of who is practicing where, as this is private info for the players,

Players usually practice twice a day. Roger often practices on an "accessible" court and is often seen signing autographs after his session. You will have to work hard to see him and get his autograph - if that is what you would like to do - but it is definitely not impossible.

Have a great time!

physics
08-24-2006, 03:10 PM
The qualifying matches end at around 8 in the evening.

mj_mj88
08-24-2006, 06:09 PM
thanks basil....i guess we will just cross our fingers and hope for good luck.

does roger practice every day at the Open? I mean... are you more likely to catch him practicing and a day that he has a match.... or on an off day?

yes we hope to see him and take pictures!

Watching players practice is a luck of the draw thing :)

As soon as you get to Flushing Meadow locate the practice courts and familiarise yourself how to get to them easily... then you will spend most of your time there walking round and round the practice courts waiting to see your player practice. Usually practice sessions last 1 hour, and the players often sit and watch the courts waiting to go on, so you will soon realise who will be taking over the courts. There will not be a handy list of who is practicing where, as this is private info for the players,

Players usually practice twice a day. Roger often practices on an "accessible" court and is often seen signing autographs after his session. You will have to work hard to see him and get his autograph - if that is what you would like to do - but it is definitely not impossible.

Have a great time!

basil333
08-24-2006, 06:34 PM
thanks basil....i guess we will just cross our fingers and hope for good luck.

does roger practice every day at the Open? I mean... are you more likely to catch him practicing and a day that he has a match.... or on an off day?

yes we hope to see him and take pictures!

I cant speak for the US Open, only been once back in 2001 before all the tight security features were in place, but I have been to many other tournaments, Roger usually practices every day regardless of a match day or not. If you get the feeling he is going to come onto a court near you, stay there!

I took my neice to Roland Garros this year, Dominik Hirbaty was on his own "looking lost!" on a practice court next to a court Nicolas Lapentti was playing on, we were sitting at the back of the Match court - but more or less next to Dominik's bag - there was a fence between us and the bag (hope this makes sense!) and 20 minutes later Roger walked onto the court Dominik was on. Long story short - 1 hour later my neice got a signed photograph as she was in the most perfect place ever - but 40,000 people had crowded round this court too :) - she also managed to wish him luck and he was very sweet with her. GOOD LUCK and happy Roger hunting!

Lee
08-24-2006, 06:53 PM
Thanks for the report. Have a great USO!

shotgun
08-24-2006, 07:38 PM
thanks man

yeah Klec reminds me of Kiefer both physically and mentally.

mj_mj88
08-24-2006, 08:49 PM
great, thanks!

if he practices every day, that makes me feel like at least we have a chance.

i will let you know how it goes....if i get any pictures, i will post them

anyone else who had advice tracking down players... please let me know


I cant speak for the US Open, only been once back in 2001 before all the tight security features were in place, but I have been to many other tournaments, Roger usually practices every day regardless of a match day or not. If you get the feeling he is going to come onto a court near you, stay there!

I took my neice to Roland Garros this year, Dominik Hirbaty was on his own "looking lost!" on a practice court next to a court Nicolas Lapentti was playing on, we were sitting at the back of the Match court - but more or less next to Dominik's bag - there was a fence between us and the bag (hope this makes sense!) and 20 minutes later Roger walked onto the court Dominik was on. Long story short - 1 hour later my neice got a signed photograph as she was in the most perfect place ever - but 40,000 people had crowded round this court too :) - she also managed to wish him luck and he was very sweet with her. GOOD LUCK and happy Roger hunting!

di-10S
08-25-2006, 01:56 AM
well he practiced at 9am today. and i don't think he's a morning person so it was unusual (and before the gates open btw)
if they have a nite match they will practice on back courts during the morning and then warm up maybe 1/2 hour before match

i was stalking today and saw Agassi, Safin, Haas, Gasquet, Sharapova, Henman, Ginepri

hanabishi
08-25-2006, 02:35 AM
hey SwissMister1, awesome report!!! Maybe you should also post this on General Messages so more people can read it? :)

SwissMister1
08-25-2006, 03:15 AM
Shotgun - thats actually a pretty good comparison with Klec.

okay hanabishi, I'll put up day 3 there in a bit

LaTenista
08-25-2006, 03:21 AM
:lol: I think there's some footage somewhere of Scoville Jenkins riding the subway to Flushing Meadows, so doesn't suprise me that (especially qualifiers) would have to slum it with the regular New Yorkers. :p

Fee
08-25-2006, 03:27 AM
From my esperience last year, I am going to guess that Roger will always practice on the 4 courts closest to Ashe stadium. Last year those courts were mostly blocked by bushes, trees, and fence covers. There is one practice court that has bleachers and is much more open that Andy practiced on once and there was nearly a stampede when he came off the court.

Most players will have a warm up hit anywhere from 1 - 3 hours before their match (depends on the player and the time of the match) so that might give you an idea of what time to head over to the practice courts to look for him. I would not go out to the back courts looking for Fed, I doubt he will ever be there. If you are going on the first day, be prepared to be a part of a very large, poorly managed crowd.

Wear plenty of sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and let us know out it works out for you. :)

SwissMister1
08-25-2006, 05:02 AM
Ahh I guess the ATP is too cheap to pay the bridge tolls for vans from Manhattan for most of the players :lol:

Here is Day 3

I walked in to the center and headed over to Armstrong and saw Tommy Haas practice, pretty casual practice there. I was then going to watch Dancevic/Uhlirach but it turned out they weren't letting anyone in! Not sure what is the point of having a match in an empty stadium.

So I watched a bit of a few matches to start

Gremelmayr v Kryvonos

Kryvonos is a local kid from Queens and had some supporters out but ran into trouble as Gremelmayr plays a similar game to him but much better and is a lefty as well. Denis was quite solid today from the baseline, covered ground really well, and there was no doubt who was winning this match.

Wessels v Galvani

If you squint and look at some angles Wessels looks a lot like Chris Martin of Coldplay. He was certainly serving at the speed of sound today, even though he was hitting a lot of errors with his backhand. He broke at 4-4 in the second and that was the match, served it out easily. Galvani looked like a homeless man last year with his rumpled plain shirt and scruffy beard and now is cleaned up and has a clothing sponsor, so that is progress, but his returns were lacking today.

Kubot v Troicki

Fun match, Kubot was pretty solid from the baseline and decent at net. Troicki is quite funny, he was dressed wearing a collared button down white shirt with a front pocket, something you'd wear out with a nice pair of pants or something. When he got a call overturned against him late in the match, went up to the umpire and yelled out, "THIS IS A BULLSHIT!" and went on about the calls that werent overturned all match.

Witten v Andujar

This match wasn't very good, neither guy impressed me in the part I saw. Witten hits a hard ball and a decent two handed BH but is a little too stocky, doesnt move that well. Andujar comes in to net more than the average Spaniard.

Vanek v Weiner

Weiner plays mostly serve and volley, to some success, although Vanek came up with some good passing shots and was generally much better from the baseline, neither guy was playing particularly well though.

Llodra v Gulbis

I watched all of this match, actually a very fun well played match. Llodra served and volleyed well, had some great touch at the net and his backhand was better today. Gulbis certianly has talent. He looked like a pretty young kid and could use some more muscle but the talent and shots are definitely there. He already hits a surprisingly big serve and good groundstokes. Really he needs to learn to focus on the big points and match strategy and I think Gulbis has some very good potential. By the way, Mahut was watching this match with Llodra's coach a few seats away from me, pretty scary guy up close ;)

Korolev v Prpic

Was really impressed seeing Korolev up close. His forehand is a big cannon although sometimes that cannon misfires badly, he cut down on the errors today and played very well. He has huge shots and I think lots of talent, sometimes loses focus but I think he will be ranked quite high soon when he puts it all together. Prpic is a speedy consistent player but didn't have the firepower and was forcing his shots too much to keep up.

Lapentti v Healey

Watched a little of this match, Healey was just self destructing. The rains came really suddenly as it was only lightly spitting once or twice during the day. They called the matches, I peeked in the grandstand as I was leaving and saw Nadal and Lopez were still out hitting serves in the rain until they got stopped, Nadal stayed quite a while to sign stuff. I would have liked to have seen the rest of the matches but no way was I waiting around for a couple of hours there.

NyGeL
08-25-2006, 06:07 AM
Very good report, despite I was waiting to read something about Del Potro vs Arthurs match.

Thank you!!! keep going!

Super-Fabio
08-25-2006, 11:19 AM
Thx !!!!

hwangz
08-25-2006, 02:04 PM
Thank you!

mj_mj88
08-25-2006, 02:23 PM
wow, so you can't even see those 4 practice courts? because of fence covers and trees? that sucks....

I dont plan on going the first day....i am going on Thursday (Aug 31).... so hopefully it won't be too crazy that day....i am hoping roger has a match that day!

thanks Fee for your advice. it is good to know that he practiced last year at the courts closest to Ashe Stadium


From my esperience last year, I am going to guess that Roger will always practice on the 4 courts closest to Ashe stadium. Last year those courts were mostly blocked by bushes, trees, and fence covers. There is one practice court that has bleachers and is much more open that Andy practiced on once and there was nearly a stampede when he came off the court.

Most players will have a warm up hit anywhere from 1 - 3 hours before their match (depends on the player and the time of the match) so that might give you an idea of what time to head over to the practice courts to look for him. I would not go out to the back courts looking for Fed, I doubt he will ever be there. If you are going on the first day, be prepared to be a part of a very large, poorly managed crowd.

Wear plenty of sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and let us know out it works out for you. :)

mj_mj88
08-25-2006, 02:27 PM
di,

how do u know he practiced at 9am? do u work there? or maybe were u there watching the qualifiers? (i'm not even positive if they are playing the qualifiers right now... sorry if i'm wrong)

i think the gates open for the US Open grounds at 10AM right? we plan on getting there early... hopefully some players will still be around practicing.

it would be cool to see agassi too!



well he practiced at 9am today. and i don't think he's a morning person so it was unusual (and before the gates open btw)
if they have a nite match they will practice on back courts during the morning and then warm up maybe 1/2 hour before match

i was stalking today and saw Agassi, Safin, Haas, Gasquet, Sharapova, Henman, Ginepri

di-10S
08-25-2006, 03:17 PM
gates open at 10
yes there's qualifying going on
ask the guys in yellow security shirts or anyone w/clipboard- they know who has been/is going to practice

Deboogle!.
08-25-2006, 03:42 PM
del Potro v Vahaly

del Potro didn't have to do a lot to win here, Vahaly seems to have lost a lot on his serve, was using a weird motion and del Potro was able to easily return them. I would think d.p. would have a bigger serve for his size although he is young, good solid groundstrokes though, didn't come to net much as he didn't need to. One bad sign for del Potro is that he called the trainer and seemed to complain of heat exhaustion, had him put an ice bag on his neck. It was a very pleasant, not hot at all day, I don't get that one.
Vahaly is gonna have shoulder surgery next month, not really sure why he played the USO but on his website he said he wanted to play one time in case he can't play again after his surgery... so that explains nothing on his serve and a weird motion.

avocadoe
08-25-2006, 03:53 PM
thanks for the reports, always grateful for a bit of live input...

mj_mj88
08-25-2006, 07:23 PM
thanks, i'll remember that


gates open at 10
yes there's qualifying going on
ask the guys in yellow security shirts or anyone w/clipboard- they know who has been/is going to practice

SwissMister1
08-26-2006, 04:32 AM
Deb - wow, didn't know that about Vahaly. Good on him for going out there and gutting it out, I guess I may have seen his last match...

Scotso
08-26-2006, 04:35 AM
Some cute girls with Fognini...

Of course :hearts:

savesthedizzle
08-26-2006, 04:56 AM
Kubot v Troicki

Fun match, Kubot was pretty solid from the baseline and decent at net. Troicki is quite funny, he was dressed wearing a collared button down white shirt with a front pocket, something you'd wear out with a nice pair of pants or something. When he got a call overturned against him late in the match, went up to the umpire and yelled out, "THIS IS A BULLSHIT!" and went on about the calls that werent overturned all match.






YOU WERE AT TROCKI/KUBOT!! Me too. I was surrounded by Polish people and clapped for Viktor all by myself. :haha: about his shirt though.. when I saw him warming up in that I was convinced he was going to change into an actual tennis shirt at some point.. lol. Who plays in a button down shirt with a front pocket? He was not wearing that in Cincy as I recall. Viktor is great though, I love it when he takes all 6 balls on his racquet so he can compare and contrast all at once :p He says something is bullshit in almost every match he plays ;)

Viktor story! Me, my mom, Viktor and Novak's people are all sitting in a row at Nole's doubles in Cincy. After Nole and Verdasco lose a girl goes, "Hey Djokovic! Can I have your wristband?" and he tosses it to her when all of a sudden Viktor comes over and in a girly American sounding voice goes, "Hey Novak can I have a wristband too?!" Novak was fooled for a bit and actually looked up ready to toss one before Viktor started laughing :)

savesthedizzle
08-26-2006, 04:59 AM
It seems i'll be there Monday and Tuesday :D


Now that I have my work schedule it seems that I will be there Tuesday too :)

SwissMister1
08-26-2006, 05:30 AM
By the way I just typed in my report and lost it when I tried to post :( wasted like 20 minutes for nothing. Now I will have to do it again cant give up now

Viktor is a legend, I had no idea how great he is. Is Cincy the first time you saw him? I am definitely going to have to look out for him in the future. He is a genius.

SwissMister1
08-26-2006, 05:33 AM
Jess by the way are you making it for Nole v Young? You had better be on time as it wont be a long one. I'll be there as my friend got us tix for Mon and Tues

SwissMister1
08-26-2006, 06:05 AM
Okay here is my report again from a rain delayed Friday

Gaudio practicing on Grandstand

Gaston practiced with a pudgy blond lefty guy I am assuming is his coach. It is amazing watching him hit his backhand over and over up close. After his practice Blake and Fish came on and Blake went to his side and they talked for a while while rallying with the lefty and Fish on the other side, Gaston and James seemed pretty friendly

Federer/Wawrinka practice at Louie Armstrong

Pretty casual practice, they did some volleying drills as well, no Rochey there, didn't recognize the long haired guy that was with them. Roger's hair is fairly short now, he basically doesn't need the hairband anymore.

Pless v Levy

I started here and watched for a bit. Levy hits harder but was quite inconsistent, Pless didn't have to do much special and was running away with the match. I didn't stay long as it was too crowded - I have never seen a match with an Israeli player on the outer courts at the open that wasn't packed

Llodra v Goodall

Watched the first set here, both players S & V but Llodra comes in more than Goodall. Not sure what happened after the first set as when I was watching Llodra was clearly outplaying and outstrategizing Goodall. Goodall is good around the net and hits some good forehands, also he looks more intimidating than the stereotypical gentleman Brit.

Baghdatis/Youzhny practice

Both guys looked good in practice, a number of kids in Greek flags watching, funny because last year I watched Marcos v Tursunov at the Open with about 10 other people on a way outer court, how times change

del Potro v Koellerer

The rematch - great tennis until about 4-3 when I believe Dani hurt his shoulder. Best rally was Dani hit drop shot, JM came in and got to it, Dani hit lob, JM ran it down and hit a forehand, Dani hit drop shot, JM came in and got to it, Dani hit lob, JM ran it down and hit a between the legs winner returning it. After the shoulder injury and trainer came out that was basically it. Dani threw his racquet around and cursed the umpire in German a few times, I guess that is a good way to avoid code violation. After the match, the two did shake hands, I have pictures to prove, although it was a little heated out there, JM much more emotional today than last match I saw him, and Dani did yell out VAMOS! at the top of his lungs after a winner in response to JM's fist pumps. Dani spent a good 5 minutes just sitting in his chair after the match looking really dejected

Kendrick v Korolev

Good match, two hard hitters, got there in time to see Evgeny serve out the second, was really pumped up. Sat near Evgeny's dad, who is the stereotypical intense Russian dad, yelling stuff out to Evgeny frequently. Was very tight third set, both guys came close to breaking until Evgeny got broken at 5-6, was too bad as I hoped Evgeny would pull it out. Kendrick after the match threw his racquet to some kids that were screaming for him the whole time.

Russell v Luczak

Happened to sit in front of John Fitzgerald who was wearing a 2001 Davis Cup Florianopolis shirt - way to live in the past, Fitzy...was weird hearing him yell out "Aggressive defence, Looch!" several times. Got there for second set, assumed Luczak would run away with it as he was playing well. He came in to net more than usual and served better than I had seen him before. However, Russell is a real fighter, didn't give up, saved match point in the second set tiebreak with a FH down the line winner. Afterwards he stopped to talk to a bunch of people, posed for pictures with an EMT, and mentioned he didn't know how he came back as Luczak had been untouchable in the first set.

Saw a little of Chiudinelli/Vacek during changeovers of this match. Vacek may be the slowest stiffest moving and hitting player I have ever seen, like Frankenstein playing tennis :lol:

savesthedizzle
08-26-2006, 02:57 PM
Jess by the way are you making it for Nole v Young? You had better be on time as it wont be a long one. I'll be there as my friend got us tix for Mon and Tues
I'm going on Tuesday.... so the match needs to played that day ;)

savesthedizzle
08-26-2006, 02:59 PM
By the way I just typed in my report and lost it when I tried to post :( wasted like 20 minutes for nothing. Now I will have to do it again cant give up now

Viktor is a legend, I had no idea how great he is. Is Cincy the first time you saw him? I am definitely going to have to look out for him in the future. He is a genius.


Yeah, Cincy was the first time. Now I'm a little bit obsessed with him. :rolls:

SwissMister1
08-26-2006, 05:24 PM
Hey, it is easy to see why, he is revolutionizing tennis fashion as we know it. I'll root for that match being on Tuesday for you. It would really suck if it was one of the like five matches they put on Wednesday.

savesthedizzle
08-26-2006, 05:30 PM
Hey, it is easy to see why, he is revolutionizing tennis fashion as we know it. I'll root for that match being on Tuesday for you. It would really suck if it was one of the like five matches they put on Wednesday.

I heard a rumor they're sticking it on Ashe though because OMG ITZ DONALD YOUNG!!1111!!!1 which would blow.

alfonsojose
08-26-2006, 10:21 PM
I went to the last day of qualifying yoo. Falla in the main draw :D

Deboogle!.
08-26-2006, 10:31 PM
Well it definitely won't be Wednesday b/c the bottom half will play Mon and Tues...

i'd be surprised if they put young on Ashe. but it might be on Armstrong.

savesthedizzle
08-26-2006, 11:01 PM
Well it definitely won't be Wednesday b/c the bottom half will play Mon and Tues...

i'd be surprised if they put young on Ashe. but it might be on Armstrong.


Even worse. Cheap seats don't exist on Armstrong. Cheapest seats are around $180. :rolleyes:

I hate the USO.

decrepitude
08-26-2006, 11:43 PM
Young v Djokovic is on Monday, 11am on Grandstand

savesthedizzle
08-27-2006, 12:01 AM
Young v Djokovic is on Monday, 11am on Grandstand


Fab-u-lous.

Just my luck.

Crapcrapcrapcrap.

I hate the US Open.

savesthedizzle
08-27-2006, 12:03 AM
Even worse because I have work on Monday. Blah.

nancy
08-27-2006, 04:17 AM
Safin and Gasquet practice

I stopped by the practice courts - it was great that two of my favourites practiced with each other. Not so great it was on those fenced in courts where you have to climb around bushes and trees and look through a fence to see. Safin did not have a separate coach with him. Richard's coach Eric Deblicker was talking to both guys a lot. It was funny watching the three of them talk about girls on the changeovers.



thanks for the report. they were talking about wta girls or some other girls? care to share any details about what you heard? especially whatever marat was saying. ;) :)

AnnaluvsRF
08-27-2006, 05:39 PM
Does anybody have advice on getting tickets the day of?

I need to get grounds passes or ashe tickets for labor day weekend b/c I was only able to get actual tickets online for the night sessions (nosebleed seats too, :mad: )

How early should I go queue and how long is the wait usually?

oberon
08-27-2006, 07:41 PM
I think the box office opens at 9:00...usually a very long queue. The gates open at 10:00 and matches start at 11:00.

This year I bought my tix for 28th & 29th (Monday & Tuesday) while I was out there for the Qualifiers...there was no line at the box office, I just stepped up and got what I wanted.

Hopefully all this rain will blow over before Monday. I want to see Paradorn play, and Phau. Then I'm hoping Falla plays Tuesday.

I would never pay to watch a match in Ashe...it's too huge. If you are only interested in seeing the big superstars play, you'll do better just watching on TV.

SwissMister1
08-27-2006, 10:11 PM
Jess...you can get into Louie Armstrong with a normal grounds pass...just can't sit in the front couple of rows unless there are no ushers around then you can sit there as well

nancy...didn't hear who the girls were...they are a little more discrete than that haha

savesthedizzle
08-28-2006, 02:14 AM
Jess...you can get into Louie Armstrong with a normal grounds pass...just can't sit in the front couple of rows unless there are no ushers around then you can sit there as well

nancy...didn't hear who the girls were...they are a little more discrete than that haha


Can you really? Doesn't matter since it's unlikely there will be anyone I care about there on Tuesday, but that's good to know :) :hug:

loret
08-28-2006, 03:30 AM
see you in the morning!!!

RebelNYC
08-28-2006, 05:07 PM
I am going tonight, then Tomorrow (day session), Thurs. evening ...
Then Sat. and Mon day sessions. I hope the weather cooperates, I planned as best I could for Agassi's matches! Have fun everyone!

savesthedizzle
08-29-2006, 04:09 AM
I was going to go tomorrow but that is so pointless considering the weather forecast has 100% chance of rain all day. :mad:

Soooo I might appear for a day the second week :p

mj_mj88
08-30-2006, 06:16 AM
hey guys,

for any of you with experience.... when you buy a grounds admission ticket for the Open (where you can go and watch matches on the outer courts, not in the stadium)..... is there a certain time they make you leave? Like do you have to leave the grounds at 6pm when the night session starts....or can you stay there at night too?

thanks

RachBabe17
08-30-2006, 12:36 PM
You can stay there once the night session starts, they are often matches still going on on outside courts at that time and when those are finished you can watch the night session matches on the jumbotron outside ashe.

mj_mj88
08-30-2006, 12:55 PM
cool... .thanks rach

You can stay there once the night session starts, they are often matches still going on on outside courts at that time and when those are finished you can watch the night session matches on the jumbotron outside ashe.

SwissMister1
08-31-2006, 05:33 AM
I stuck around for days 1 and 2 of the open. Definitely regret getting the day 2 tix- fortunately I get a refund for next year - but still a day wasted

Day 1 - the delay actually helped as my friend who had the tickets was running late so we were only waiting maybe 15 minutes after we got in, went right to court 6 and watched all of

Youzhny v Hrbaty

Just amazingly played by Mikhail, his backhand was really great to watch, great serving as well. Hrbaty played a little off but not badly at all, Youzhny was just hitting amazing shots, I think he can do a lot this tournament if he plays like that. After the match, Mikhail saluted the crowd while holding his racquet on his head with his other hand then signed for a bunch of people.

Robredo v Saretta / Massu v Sanguinetti

Just a total blowout, Robredo played well, but Saretta was just awful the whole time I watched. I could turn around and also watch Massu v Sanguinetti which I did on the changeovers. Never noticed how much Massu leans to the side as he serves before. Davide was playing below average, his backhand looked especially weak, sloppy match during what I saw

Tried to watch a little of Srichaphan/Acasuso, but the court was way overcrowded especially with those annoying boomstick things, so I watched some of Maria Kirilenko and then

Novak/Clement

Arnaud just wasn't in it at all, making all kinds of silly errors at the net, at the baseline, everywhere, weird after he had such a good summer. Jiri played with confidence, moved surprisingly well, and served it out after getting the huge break at 5-5 in the third.

Safin/Coria/Tursunov practice

All three of them rotated in and out hitting rallies. What struck me was that Coria looked much improved and was serving fine. That is what makes his retirement so strange. I thought Marat was dragging a bit especially compared to how he looked practicing on Friday. Tursy was practicing a bit less than the other two but hitting the ball well

Gasquet v Simmonds

Richard played terrific to start, then his mind seemed to wander a bit early in the second set before getting the break. Simmonds didn't impress me too much, too bad as I'd like to see him do well since he's from Fairfax County where I live. Simmonds has strange footwork and delivery on his serve, I captured it on video, although it is a decent weapon. He has a good forehand and is also not afraid to come to net, where he can be effective at times, although he fell prey to some good passing shots. He has a double handed BH which is a weakness for him.

Wayne Ferreira came and sat down right by me and watched the match, (I have pictures - one of which I texted to a friend who always despised him...)

Baghdatis v Waske

Watched some of this one from the catwalk above the grandstand where I always try to watch at least one match as it has a cool overhead view of the match. Lots of Greeks and some Germans in the crowd. Waske has an amazing serve, although probably the slowest delivery I've ever seen, takes about 10 seconds to bring the ball up to toss, then was hitting high 130s MPH serves on the corners out wide. Also decent at net, but he moved like a statue and his groundies are below average. Baghdatis also served well, and neither guy looked like they could touch the other's serve, Marcos just played some smarter points in the tiebreaker.

Lopez v Ljubicic

F-Lo was unbeliveable in this match, from the baseline and serving and volleying, couldn't do wrong, even saved two of Ljubicic's smashes from way behind the baseline and then hit a great passing shot. Ivan looked like his serve was much less powerful than usual, possible arm problems from before I think. Funny interview with F-lo after the match, Mary Jo quite disappointed to find he had a girlfriend.

after watching the very end of Baghdatis finishing off Waske watched a little of Vaidisova-Rubin. Vaidisova has quite powerful groundies, but Rubin actually played pretty well for someone whos been out for ages

Alves v Zabaleta

I've never seen Mariano play live and had to see his serve up close at least once. Mariano was quite frustrated with himself, some of the shots are still there but he had no consistency which is all Alves needed in this match. Juan Monaco was there supporting Mariano. Alves is a consistent baseliner who likes to let out a strange grunt frequently.

Sania Mirza :drool: v Karolina Sprem

Unfortunately they moved the match from court 10 to the grandstand and we had to trek over there. Sania played really well, and hits a good hard ball, this was a well played match, and both girls looked great, Sania even more so

Malisse v Nieminen

Was hoping Nieminen would make this more of a close match. X man was sloppy at times but when his forehand was on he was very tough, some very good rallies. Lots of fans of both players there, this court was pretty crowded as not much else left on the grounds.

Went back the next day a little later as it was still raining. It cleared up for about half an hour, and then we watched Hewitt v Montanes. Hewitt looked like his shots were much weaker - I didn't realize his foot injuries, it makes sense as it seemed like he couldnt really plant into his shots. He was about to break at 5-5 when he slipped on the court and after the point walked to the side. That was it for action for the day. We walked around got some food and checked out the hall of fame Latin exhibit before leaving for the day. At least now I know I will be coming back next year.

NyGeL
08-31-2006, 06:28 AM
what happend with Day 2 Tickets??? they didn't pay you back? you are not able to watch some Day 3 matches?

SwissMister1
08-31-2006, 03:34 PM
I get a ticket for a grounds pass at a session next year. I had to go back to Washington on Wed. so couldnt take another day off of work....

NyGeL
08-31-2006, 10:31 PM
I get a ticket for a grounds pass at a session next year.

ah, that's ok.

uNIVERSE mAN
09-02-2006, 05:23 AM
Does anyone know if they refund your money if a session gets cancelled? All I see on their website is that they exchange it for another session this year or next year. Is there not an option for a refund?

nitsansh
09-02-2006, 03:28 PM
Apparently not. If there was refund, it would be announced, don't you think?

sanpo
09-02-2006, 05:49 PM
I think they only honor readmission to other sessions and dates, and it's always been like that for every tournament I think.

solsurfr
09-03-2006, 02:03 AM
...for tomorrow's day session?

My familly and I will be driving up from Philadelphia very early in the morning to fall in line to hopefully exchange our day session tickets that were cancelled today for tomorrow's day session.

Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations? At the least, we're hoping to score grounds tickets to get in the door.

:confused: :confused: :confused:

x Chu x
09-03-2006, 02:15 AM
I would call first, but chances are you will not be able to exchange tickets for sunday or mondays or even tuesday sessions as they are mostly likely sold out for Ashe. You might be able to try your luck with Ground Admissions but those are most likely sound out. Also when are you going? If i were you trying to get tickets i would want to be there around 7AM probably. This past wednesday I went at around 2:15PM to exchange tickets for the cancelled tuesday day session, and still ended up waiting over 90 minutes, I except sunday to be at least 10 times worse

savesthedizzle
09-03-2006, 02:19 AM
Everything for tomorrow is sold out, but that may be because they are holding tickets for these exchanges (even grounds passes are sold out). I am waiting in line tomorrow and possibly dealing with the scalpers because I NEED to be in there... so we'll see.

solsurfr
09-04-2006, 12:59 AM
Well.... my family and I left around 5:20am this morning from Philly and got in line around 8am. No tickets were available for anyone in line no matter how early they got there. We called 3 times yesterday and they told us they would be releasing a limited number of grounds and ashe tickets... FOS :mad:

We drove back defeated and arrived home around 1:00pm to catch the last couple of sets of the Agassi match that we were suppose to watch on Saturday :sad:

So... at the end our Ashe tickets have turned into Grounds tickets for tomorrow (in which we lost money but we wanted to go). My wife and I will be coming up tomorrow for the outer-court matches.

We have an extra ground ticket... PM if you're interested in purchasing it from me.