The US Open Tennis Championships started this week on Monday, August 26; last week was the qualifying tournament and everyone really started gearing up for it then!
Some players already knew they had earned their spot and that week was spent with rest mixed in with their training. For others, they used that week to play in the qualifying tournament to try to earn a spot in the big event. For native New Yorkers and for many tennis fans that week is a coveted time for them to run around the venue watching a lot of great tennis for free.
One such native is my nephew Aidan. His love of the game of tennis is unparalleled and his knowledge of the players amazes me. In 2016 I had my first and only experience in person at the US Open. Aidan played tour guide for me and he led me from courtside to courtside pointing out the players we were passing even when they were in street attire! I had such a great time I even wrote about it in a blog I titled: The best guide ever to the US Open.
Honestly it was so great it’s been hard to think about going back for fear I’ll be disappointed. Not Aidan, he’s gone every year for most of his life! It used to be he was smaller than the players, now he’s several inches taller! Check out this side by side of a past photo with one from this year.
Pictured above: Jovana Jaksic and Aidan
This year he sent me a clip from when he watched Wristpect Sport favorite Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Although she did not make it through the qualies to earn a singles spot in this years’ Open; keep on the lookout for her in doubles. Last year she and Jamie Murray took home the title in mixed!
So whether or not you decided to head to NY for this years’ Open or watch it on TV, you can bet that it will be filled with highs and lows, both in weather and emotion, lots of great tennis, and perhaps an upset or two. Maybe those upsets have already happened?