U.S. Open Tennis, Anyone?
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (5737)
Lest anyone accuse me of being biased towards golf, I wanted to quickly get this post out to remind everyone that the United States Open tennis championships kick off today.
I love, love, love the U.S. Open.
The U.S. Open was the very first professional sports event I attended when I first moved to Woodside, Queens NY in 1984 to attend college at NYU.
I literally had just arrived off the plane a few days before, never even having visited NY, and I stumbled my way over to the 7 subway line, completely clueless about how to get around NY, and somehow found my way out to the U.S. National Tennis Center.
I think I actually walked up to the ticket window to buy tickets (you could do that back then, although these days I recommend you visit this Web page to find out how to get the best seats), and I spent the better part of an afternoon watching Chris Evert Lloyd, among others, play on the former Louis Armstrong stadium court at the U.S. National Tennis Center.
If you've never seen a professional tennis tournament up close and personal, I highly recommend you do so during your time on this planet.
There's nothing like seeing two tennis pros whack that little yellow ball back and forth a gazillion miles an hour, a constant mixed barrage of strategy and tactics blurring almost faster than your mind can process it all.
There truly is nothing like it.
In 1984, the only technology option for those not watching the tournament in person was to watch it on TV.
I remember sitting in my small basement apartment as Jimmy Connors made easy work of Ivan Lendl that particular year, 6–3, 6–4, 6–1.
Today, you have options for taking in the U.S. Open...lots of them, and several of them brought to you by IBM.
But also visit the Mobile section of the site to get this year's iPhone app, which includes live scores, USOpen.org radio (streaming play-by-play coverage), Twitter tweets from official U.S. Open coverage), and even on demand video.
And if you really want to risk being caught by the boss, you can check out live video this year for selective matches.
Of course, nothing beats being there live and in person...but there's a lot of action to cover, so also check out the NY Times' "Straight Sets" blog for some first day recommends.