US OPEN DAY ONE

So I attended my very first professional tennis tournament today. After watching the US Open on TV for well over two decades, I was able to go to the venue in person.

In the daytime, Joel and I saw both Roger Federer and Justine Henin play. Each number one seed dispatched their first-round opponents in short order. It was kinda surreal seeing them play with my own eyes. They’re actually real people!

At night, we were there to see a special ceremony honouring Althea Gibson, the first African-American woman to win the Open. As part of the ceremonies, Aretha Franklin performed live!

The night matches featured both of the Williams sisters. Venus defeated her opponent easily while Sarena had a bit more trouble with hers but came through in the end.

I have movies and pics from the day but I’ll have to wait until I get back home to post those.

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