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Photo of the Week: Arthur Ashe Stadium & The US Open

Arthur Ashe Stadium

Arthur Ashe Stadium, as seen from the entrance to the National Tennis Center.

I may not have written much about it on this blog, but I’m a huge fan of tennis. I used to religiously attend any tournaments that came anywhere near Texas, and as a result, I got to see some of the best players in the world (Sampras, Agassi, and Federer, to name a few) play some fantastic matches. I don’t know if anything will ever beat sneaking in to watch Pete and Andre play their semifinal at the US Clay Court Championships and having to move seats at every changeover so we didn’t get caught!

Just before I left America, I visited New York for the first time. It wasn’t a coincidence that I planned my trip over Labor Day weekend; going then meant that I could get one closer to my goal of attending all four of tennis’ Grand Slams. I tried to buy a grounds pass at the door on Friday morning and was turned away, so I ended up going to the day session on Sunday instead. I hung out at the top of Louis Armstrong Stadium and joined in with the energetic crowd that cheered on until darkness had well and truly fallen.

One thing — other than the tennis — that really impressed me on my visit to the National Tennis Center was the sheer size of Arthur Ashe Stadium. They talk about what a hulking behemoth it is on TV, but it’s hard to imagine just how insanely large it is until you’re standing underneath it. I have to say, I was much happier being in Louis Armstrong Stadium, where I actually had a chance of seeing the tennis ball!

Here are a few other photos from around the US Open:

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