Date Night at the US Open

You may recall that I escaped to the south of France last April for a girls’ weekend to watch the Rolex Championships in Monaco (read all about it here). And way, way, way before that – I went to the French Open (or Roland Garros for you Francophiles out there) which pre-dates this blog (and iPhones/digital cameras/social media – weird).  One of my greatest regrets is never making it to Wimbledon during my four years in London – I was entered in the ticket lottery for three of those years but alas – no luck. So when we moved to NYC, I was determined to get US Open tickets.

Luckily, Arthur Ashe Stadium holds well over 23,000 people… so getting tickets was easy as pie. While a lot of the initial tickets are for days or specific stadiums, we decided to wait until the Women’s Semifinals. The lineup: Sloane Stephens (who was ranked #934 a month ago) versus Venus Williams (#9) and CoCo Vandeweghe (#20) versus Madison Keys (#15).

I love, love, love a good underdog story and Sloane Stephens did not disappoint. Over a month ago, she was barely in the top 1000 ranked female tennis players in the world. But on that night, she beat Venus Williams in a fantastic match – playing to her own strengths and wearing down Venus over three sets. She went on to win the US Open in the final a couple days later and I am so glad we got to see her play in person.

Waiting for the Enemy of Fun at the entrance (we both escaped the office just in time!)
So so glad I am ticking this one off the list!
Largest tennis-only stadium in the world – seating over 23,000 people
US Open Main Grounds
Retractable roof, sunset over Manhattan and views of One World Trade
Honey Deuce! The official drink of the US Open (Grey Goose, lemonade and raspberry liquor with frozen honeydew melon balls)
Watching Venus and Sloane!
So excited that Sloane won – a fantastic game!
Plus she went on to win the tournament a couple days later – NBD.
From our seats where noses bleed – still totally worth it!
My favorite date

We had a fabulous night out in Flushing watching four incredible American athletes and I was thrilled to tick the US Open off my NYC Bucket List!

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