Hitting Up the US Open

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September 7, 2010 11:00 pm

If Wimbledon is dinner on a white tablecloth, the US Open is a well-planned barbeque. Tennis die-hards slathered in sunscreen line up promptly at 10 a.m. to watch Federer and sweat under the midday sun. After 6 p.m., the sun sets, the air cools and men in dress pants and women in stilettos slowly take over the grounds. No matter which crowd is your scene, expect plenty of booze with a side of rowdy.

With Nick Bolleteri at the US Open 2010McEnroe settles in for the morningMonfils beat Gasquet. Both are 24-year-old Frenchmen (and friends).The groundsJust because you work here doesn't mean you're a die-hard fanBall boy (and girl) apparel courtesy of Ralph Lauren again this yearBy 3 p.m. the heat is bearableMardy Fish (left) and Mark Knowles play the Bryan brothersFish and KnowlesThe Bryan brothers. Can you tell they're twins?Bryan/Bryan v. Fish/KnowlesThe Bryans sign autographs after their winUnder the lights
With Nick Bolleteri at the US Open 2010

With Nick Bolleteri at the US Open 2010

McEnroe settles in for the morning

McEnroe settles in for the morning

Monfils beat Gasquet. Both are 24-year-old Frenchmen (and friends).

Monfils beat Gasquet. Both are 24-year-old Frenchmen (and friends).

The grounds

The grounds

Just because you work here doesn't mean you're a die-hard fan

Just because you work here doesn't mean you're a die-hard fan

Ball boy (and girl) apparel courtesy of Ralph Lauren again this year

Ball boy (and girl) apparel courtesy of Ralph Lauren again this year

By 3 p.m. the heat is bearable

By 3 p.m. the heat is bearable

Mardy Fish (left) and Mark Knowles play the Bryan brothers

Mardy Fish (left) and Mark Knowles play the Bryan brothers

Fish and Knowles
The Bryan brothers. Can you tell they're twins?

The Bryan brothers. Can you tell they're twins?

Bryan/Bryan v. Fish/Knowles
The Bryans sign autographs after their win

The Bryans sign autographs after their win

Under the lights

A Labor Day play-by-play

For this week only, the Twitter world makes perfect sense. Wozniacki and Sharapova bumped Justin Bieber off the trending list. And when you tweet a question to John McEnroe, he announces your name and responds live on stadium-exclusive commentary! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

11:03 p.m. (Sep 4th) Just saw this Wilson commercial [below] at a bar and think this is the coolest couch ever. Can’t wait for US Open Mon!

9:21 a.m. (Sep 6th) …And my dreams are coming true. http://plixi.com/p/43612708

9:52 a.m. Fun fact: Nick Bolleteri started teaching tennis for $3 an hour to pay for gas while attending U Miami.

11:03 a.m. Some quick SAT prep: “Nutmeg” is to soccer as “tweener” is to tennis.

11:24 a.m. McEnroe says today, the big, strong, tall players are more successful. Marat Safin was the first, followed by players like Monfils. Agree?

11:33 a.m. Which do you predict will be the most interesting match of the day? @usopen #amextennis

11:59 a.m. Thanks John McEnroe for announcing my tweet live on the air! Answer: Mardy Fish and Novak Djokovic http://es.pn/9DbMyf @usopen #amextennis

12:27 p.m. “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Monfils has broken his shoe.” Then he served an ace. http://plixi.com/p/43637313

4:39 p.m. RT @ReenCostello Do you think the Bryan bros are better suited for Justin Bieber performances or on-court performances @usopen #amextennis

4:55 p.m. Who’s loving neon tennis outfits? Goerges. Yeah, man. http://plixi.com/p/43675407

5:13 p.m. Good luck, Mardy! Bryan bros play Fish and Knowles any minute now. http://plixi.com/p/43677773

5:48 p.m. FYI: You only get to keep the fly ball in baseball. In tennis, the right thing to do is give it back (to keep wear and tear consistent).

6:01 p.m. To the net! http://plixi.com/p/43684560

6:38 p.m. Gotta say, the large bucket of waffle fries ($6.50) and the popcorn ($4.50) are the best cheap eats here.

6:42 p.m. With the Bryan brothers’ win, so ends your semi-biased, not-quite-ESPN coverage of the @usopen this Labor Day. @TKGO post to come!

Planning on making a trip yourself?

Take a hint from the Costellos, my long-time family friends — one of whom has been to the US Open 11 times, in addition to other grand slams!

Pack light. You have to check large bags (like backpacks and duffels) at the entrance, so to keep your items with you, it’s best to limit yourself to sunblock, sunglasses or a hat, a sweater for after dark and a lightweight towel to put between your skin and the plastic sweat-inducing seat. As lines are long and food is expensive, you may want to bring water and snacks, too.

Plan ahead. Pick up an AmEx headset at the entrance or the AmEx booth so you can hear commentators while you watch. Get there right at 10 a.m. when the doors open. The practice courts aren’t crowded that early, so you can see your faves up close during their warm ups, and you can get a good seat in the grandstand. If you’re dying to see the Bryan brothers (like we were), get to that court before the last half hour of the prior match. You’ll likely be crashing a women’s doubles match and might snag courtside seats.

Choose a souvenir wisely. Last but not least, you can’t go home empty-handed! The $40 official t-shirt might set your wallet on fire after buying meals all day. Instead, scope out other options. This year, Grey Goose offers a $13 cocktail and serves it in a souvenir cup with all the past singles winners’ names and years. And if you’re drinking anyway, consider it a savings.

If you’re not headed to the US Open at all this year, make the Grey Goose specialty cocktail, the Honey Deuce, on your own while you watch the finals at home. Fill a glass with ice and add (Grey Goose) vodka. Fill the rest of the glass with lemonade and float raspberry liquor. They recommend you serve it with melon balls, which Maureen and I are all for!

Check out our US Open 2010 Facebook album on the TKGO Facebook page for more photos!

Tara for TKGO

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  • I like that commercial!:)

  • REALLY enjoyed this! I think it’s awesome that John announced your tweet live on air. I’m so jealous you got to attend but following your posts is definitely the next best thing!

  • US Open is one of the best sports value! A day pass is good for 9 hours of up close and non-stop fun! During many matches you can sit feet away from your tennis idols serve position, bump into former tennis greats as your cruise the grounds between matches and join Nadal’s uncle Tony in cheering on the newest member of the men’s grand slam club. Congrats Nadal!

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