U.S. Open

I used to attend the U.S. Open tennis tournament yearly as a kid. My uncle would provide us with tickets (courtesy of his company) and take us up to Flushing Meadows for a full day of matches that often lasted late into the night. Then we would celebrate my birthday back at his house before returning to Maryland for the new school year. The event always signaled the arrival of autumn. The most memorable year: Super Saturday in '90 featuring Agassi beating Becker, an unknown Sampras beating McEnroe in the semifinals and Graf beating Sabatini in the Women's Final. The whole charm of the open is the environment in Queens - the airplanes flying overhead and the raucous night crowds.

Novak Djokovic has had a great year of tennis including a meteoric rise to #3 world ranking. I don't think he'll beat Federer at the U.S. Open, but I'll be rooting for him. His comedic personality is refreshing for the game.

Great impressions of other tennis players:

Meeting Antonio "Desperado" Banderas:


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