US Open 2013

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    Aug 06, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    Is anyone else going?

    Any tips on ground passes or AA?
  • eagledreamer

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    Aug 06, 2013 7:11 AM GMT
    I unfortunately can't go this year but I went last year and love it. My advice is to just buy ground passes (you can get on any court but Ashe) and watch the tennis on Grandstand if you want to see big names. Try to go on consecutive days so you make sure you see both halves of the draw play.

    If you're a big fan like I am, make an effort to watch some up-and-comers play (Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard, Jack Sock, etc.) because their courts won't be as crowded.

    Also, any winnable match featuring a young American is worth seeing. The crowd is electric and it's definitely something worth watching. I saw Stephens beat then top 20 Schiavone and Jack Sock beat Florian Mayer - definitely the two best matches I saw.
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    Aug 06, 2013 10:03 AM GMT
    Haven't been in a few years, but I concur the grounds pass is the way to go. Best day in labor day or the Sunday before labor day. Plenty of action still going on and you'll be able to see some big names on the outer courts..

    Have a great time! One of my favorite sporting events!
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    Aug 20, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    I'm headed west, so I can't go this year, but attending the US Open always a ton of fun. I totally agree with the observations above about the energy in the stadium when Americans play. Isner is the top American seed this year, so you're sure to have a blast if you can manage to watch any of his matches. I also watch up-and-coming Americans, and that's always a great time as well; the crowd really gets behind them and demonstrates its support. Grounds passes are a really good option.
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    Sep 09, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    Congrats to Serenaicon_lol.gif
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    Sep 09, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    Blondizgd saidCongrats to Serenaicon_lol.gif

    +1 (x2)
    It was an incredibly difficult match, very well-matched women playing under difficult circumstances (the wind), and they played their butts off and gave us an amazing show! Yes, congratulations, Serena, for a hard-fought victory against a worthy opponent.
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    Sep 09, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    Michael Chang and Tod Martin beat Pat Cash and MaliVai Washington in Champions doubles.

    That would have been interesting to see.
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:35 AM GMT
    The people with the biggest behinds won the tourney once again icon_lol.gificon_redface.gificon_cool.gif
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    Jay1922 saidThe people with the biggest behinds won the tourney once again icon_lol.gificon_redface.gificon_cool.gif
    icon_lol.gif stop it.nadal doesn't have a big ass at all
  • BillandChuck

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    Sep 10, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    tuffguyndc said
    Jay1922 saidThe people with the biggest behinds won the tourney once again icon_lol.gificon_redface.gificon_cool.gif
    icon_lol.gif stop it.nadal doesn't have a big ass at all

    Rafa's ass is the stuff of wet dreams. (Serena's, on the other hand, is a waking nightmare!)
  • JuneauMike

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    Sep 10, 2013 12:05 PM GMT
    You know you're smokin hot when there is this much attention to you changing your shirt!

    Seriously, congrats again, Rafa, for another well earned and hard fought victory!

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    Sep 10, 2013 12:11 PM GMT
    I was pumped to see Serena defend her title and Nadal win. Was a little annoyed that she kept complaining about the wind and that people were pretty much using that as a crutch to explain why she wasn't playing well....pretty shitty. I can't but think that yeah it was a factor but not as much as the announcers led the viewers believe. But regardless of the wind, Serena is the better wind player. But that match was epic and props has to be be given to Azarenka...girl is a fighter. She stayed positive throughout the match even down a set and 2 breaks and on top of that had the ability to come back and win the set. Djokovic vs. Nadal was exciting during points. Djokovic looked deflated especially during the first set when he wasn't even making an effort to get some of Nadal's balls back.
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    Sep 10, 2013 1:22 PM GMT
    Those were some great finals matches!
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    Great matches both. I'm a tad surprised that Djokovic lost his spirit in the 4th and wilted so badly.
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    I wonder if Nadal has a butt itch or something. He's always picking his ass.
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:38 PM GMT
    Nadal rocks!
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:44 PM GMT
    VAMOS RAFA!!!!
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    Sep 10, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    vakid89 saidI was pumped to see Serena defend her title and Nadal win. Was a little annoyed that she kept complaining about the wind and that people were pretty much using that as a crutch to explain why she wasn't playing well....pretty shitty. I can't but think that yeah it was a factor but not as much as the announcers led the viewers believe. But regardless of the wind, Serena is the better wind player. But that match was epic and props has to be be given to Azarenka...girl is a fighter. She stayed positive throughout the match even down a set and 2 breaks and on top of that had the ability to come back and win the set. Djokovic vs. Nadal was exciting during points. Djokovic looked deflated especially during the first set when he wasn't even making an effort to get some of Nadal's balls back.

    Serena always has an excuse or ten ready for when she loses...so do the announcers that worship the ground she walks on. The only props I will ever give her are for being an accomplished athlete. She's made herself extremely unlikeable otherwise over the years (her atrocious comments this year re: Steubenville were the final nail in the coffin).
  • BillandChuck

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    Sep 10, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    Blondizgd saidGreat matches both. I'm a tad surprised that Djokovic lost his spirit in the 4th and wilted so badly.

    The men's semis weren't shabby either.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Sep 10, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
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    vakid89 saidI was pumped to see Serena defend her title and Nadal win. Was a little annoyed that she kept complaining about the wind and that people were pretty much using that as a crutch to explain why she wasn't playing well....pretty shitty. I can't but think that yeah it was a factor but not as much as the announcers led the viewers believe. But regardless of the wind, Serena is the better wind player. But that match was epic and props has to be be given to Azarenka...girl is a fighter. She stayed positive throughout the match even down a set and 2 breaks and on top of that had the ability to come back and win the set. Djokovic vs. Nadal was exciting during points. Djokovic looked deflated especially during the first set when he wasn't even making an effort to get some of Nadal's balls back.

    Serena always has an excuse or ten ready for when she loses...so do the announcers that worship the ground she walks on. The only props I will ever give her are for being an accomplished athlete. She's made herself extremely unlikeable otherwise over the years (her atrocious comments this year re: Steubenville were the final nail in the coffin).


    Serena always gives credit to her opponents, they didn't show clips of Azarenka complaning about the win (she did), and the only readon she is "unlikeable" to people is because as the most visible player on the tour her worst moments are more visible than everyone else's. She does not do anything that other players don't, it's just gets more press when she does.

    Congratulations to both, great champions both with the potential to be the best at their sport. Both matches were competitive, which was fun, but the outcomes were obvious. Rafa had been playing lights out, and Serena is Serena. Great tourney.
  • BillandChuck

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    Sep 10, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    juvenescences said
    vakid89 saidI was pumped to see Serena defend her title and Nadal win. Was a little annoyed that she kept complaining about the wind and that people were pretty much using that as a crutch to explain why she wasn't playing well....pretty shitty. I can't but think that yeah it was a factor but not as much as the announcers led the viewers believe. But regardless of the wind, Serena is the better wind player. But that match was epic and props has to be be given to Azarenka...girl is a fighter. She stayed positive throughout the match even down a set and 2 breaks and on top of that had the ability to come back and win the set. Djokovic vs. Nadal was exciting during points. Djokovic looked deflated especially during the first set when he wasn't even making an effort to get some of Nadal's balls back.

    Serena always has an excuse or ten ready for when she loses...so do the announcers that worship the ground she walks on. The only props I will ever give her are for being an accomplished athlete. She's made herself extremely unlikeable otherwise over the years (her atrocious comments this year re: Steubenville were the final nail in the coffin).

    DISAGREE! While we don't agree with Serena's POV on the case as a whole, her points about the victim and the victim's parents are, in fact, astute:

    "I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don't take drinks from other people," Williams said to an interviewer. "She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember? It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously, I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin, but she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."

    The girl's inappropriate behavior (whether "typical" for a teenager or not) did contribute to her vulnerability. We certainly wouldn't condemn Serena for this.

    Serena is a great champion, a greater athlete and is a person who's strived and developed herself and accomplished. She is rightly admired for her standing.
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    Sep 10, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    BillandChuck said
    Blondizgd saidGreat matches both. I'm a tad surprised that Djokovic lost his spirit in the 4th and wilted so badly.

    The men's semis weren't shabby either.


    I saw Nadal and Djoko in the semis in Montreal.
    Best match in my life.
    Allez Rafa!
  • BillandChuck

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    Sep 10, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
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    BillandChuck said
    Blondizgd saidGreat matches both. I'm a tad surprised that Djokovic lost his spirit in the 4th and wilted so badly.

    The men's semis weren't shabby either.


    I saw Nadal and Djoko in the semis in Montreal.
    Best match in my life.
    Allez Rafa!

    Among amazing tennis matches and matchups in history, theirs are tops, for sure.

    We first saw them at their very first big match, the '06 Garros quarterfinal, where Rafa annihilated Novak and Novak retired after the 2nd set. Even then we both said, Novak will be back, and he and Rafa will fight on for years.

    In '07 we saw them in the semis in both Garros and at Wimbledon. The French Rafa won outright, and Wimbledon Novak again retired. Even so, again it was obvious that Novak would come up and would be a worthy opponent for Rafa.

    '08's French Rafa again dominated, but Novak's game was maturing, too. Novak had already beat Rafa in California earlier in the year (we didn't attend that in person, just watched some of it on TV), but Rafa dominated him overall for the year, again.

    '09 Novak came into his own. Rafa took the first three matches they played. We saw the then-longest men's 3-set match in Madrid, which Rafa won and we were exhausted after attending for the struggle and excitement of it. But then Novak went on to win their next three that year, starting with a stunner in Cincinnati, another in Paris then the third victory in fairly even, tough match in London.

    Those "formative years" for their "rivalry" are the best tennis we've ever seen, and they just keep getting better. And even though we love and admire both players, we, too, were screaming (in Queens) last night for Rafa.
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    Sep 10, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    Anyone else think Roger is done? icon_sad.gif

    or does he have one more slam in him
  • BillandChuck

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    Sep 10, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    Jay1922 saidAnyone else think Roger is done? icon_sad.gif

    or does he have one more slam in him

    He could easily surprise us, but smart money is probably going on "done".