The Best Guide EVER to the US Open

This was the year for me to go to the US Open in New York. I’ve been actively playing tennis since I moved to Texas in 1997. I dabbled with it since my high school days when I watched Chrissy and Martina duking it out Slam after Slam but only since my adulthood have I become the avid tennis fan, watching it on TV and making the occasional trip to a professional event. This year the stars aligned and my US Open dreams came true!

US Open Arthur Ashe Stadium

Not only did I just take my first trip to the Open; I had the best US Open guide EVER! My nephew is 12 going on 25 and he is the encyclopedia of current tennis. He just happens to live a short 20-minute train ride away from Flushing Meadows and it also just happens that New York schools do not go back to session until AFTER Labor Day!

I learned that the Sunday before opening day Monday is practice day and FREE! Stores are of course open for shopping and the food court is open and all the courts are busy with coaches and players. But, and please do not broadcast this because the place is not packed and not packed is awesome. There is room to walk, gawk, and soak in the atmosphere without the hustle of normal New York. There was time and space for photo ops and you might even run into a player or two willing to pose!

Sabine Lisicki

Practice day was a magical experience such that even my non-tennisy husband could enjoy it! So magical I got to meet Wristpect Sport athlete and Olympic Champion #BethanieMattekSands! Without my wonderful nephew I would NEVER have dreamed to make the trip to watch practice and I would have missed one of the BEST events EVER!

Bethanie Mattek-Sands US Open Practice

Opening day was more like the zoo I had expected and the line to get through the bag check was like Disneyland only without the heads up timeline! And it was about 45 minutes to an hour just to get in! He knew better than to get there when we did but there was a never to be mentioned again train depot debacle… ‘nuff said!

The line to get in was soon forgotten as we made our way to match after match after match! We were like kids in the candy store eating all the candy we could find! The night before we had carefully printed out the order of play and highlighted the matches we most wanted to watch. With my very own professional guide we didn’t miss anything! Staying late to watch the final match in the Grand Stand, Bethanie Mattek-Sands VS Johanna Konta. While it was an amazing display of power and grace by both players it did not go as we had hoped, Jo (as her fans called her) had just too much for BMS that day—night.

We left the Grand Stand with plenty of time to stop at Ben and Jerry’s before we headed to the train. At 9:45 pm there are no long lines at the food court either! We caught the 10.04 train and were at our stop by 10:30, tired but oh so very happy!

ben and jerrys

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Why Children Helping Children Inspires Us!

It's just common sense that any person helping another would inspire any of us, isn't it?

But often many adults think, 'children are too young and don't quite know how to show their compassion or do such such things yet,' right?

For me that's wrong.

Children have an innate compassion for life's objects: bugs, flowers and yes, people. Observe it and it's inspiring! Again, these are my views and I can only hope we all feel this-- even as we get a bit weathered by life.

It's no secret that Wristpect Sport has a place in our hearts for a local tennis facility in the north Dallas area by the name of, High Point Tennis Center. We've played there, sweated there, purchased tennis products there and are incredibly fond of the Director of Tennis, Ken Sumrow!

Ken is a soft spoken friendly man that has been there for our brand since it's beginnings. Once you get to know Ken you discover that he and his family have lived through a scare with cancer when their son Clint, was diagnosed years ago. Once you know this you realize you're being graced by someone who is incredibly thankful! Ken's demeanor alone is, inspiring!

What did the Sumrow family do during this tough time?

They battled their scare of cancer with love, prayer and the world of tennis!

Children Helping Children 2016 Tennis tournament Visual shared by Wristpect Sport

For the past 26 years that the Sumrow's son has been cancer FREE, the family has been fostering both, children's morale compasses as well as their love of tennis! Enter the:

Children Helping Children Tennis tournament. 

 

This USTA sanctioned event is held annually at the High Point Tennis Center and will be held this year from Sept 24-25.

  • ...want to let a junior player follow their desire to help others through the sport they love?
  • ...know of a junior player hankering for match play?
  • ...are you a tad over 18 years of age but a tennis lover AND giver at heart?

...then, please consider the 2016 Children Helping Children Tennis Tournament!

It was easy for our company to want to donate some of our fashionable wristbands to the Sumrow's family for this event. Every little bit helps and we enjoy involving others so, together, we can chip away at this disease!

Here's to inspiring others at any age!

 

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