The US Open is always the pièce de résistance of my summer. I play tennis, and I am a huge fan of the game in any capacity. Whether it be watching in person or on television (or being on the court myself), I think it is an exciting and psychologically complex game. Mastering my own tennis game has helped me in many areas of my life, and I am inspired when I get the opportunity to see the true masters at work.
The US Open is a momental undertaking and it is energizing to see the operation in action. I was lucky enough this year to attend twice, and upon both visits I was intrigued by the behind the scenes activities that drive this event forward. I can’t imagine the time and effort that goes into pulling off one of New York City’s premier events. Thousands of people travel in and out of Flushing, Queens each day for two weeks, and spend the better part of their day (or night) cheering on their favorite tennis players. They must be expertly transported, directed, fed, enthralled, and corralled. Whew.
The remaining players are in the last week of this massive New York City event. As always, there is never a dull moment! Upsets, underdogs, injuries, rivalries, surprises and entertainment…all delivered by superior athletes at the top of their games. Witnessing the mental and physical stamina is a site to behold. Although I have my favorites (Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils), I truly appreciate the skills of all the players, and I want everyone to advance and succeed. But alas, there has to be an ultimate winner in each category.
Here is a glance into the US Open though my eyes. I hope you can attend one year and capture your own version of this truly inspiring event. A special shout-out to my cousin Becky for the fabulous seats!