Earlier in the week on Tuesday, two friends and I drove over to Key Biscayne to watch The Big Boys play tennis. Here are some observations on what we saw and did.
- It was a 12-hour day (6 of driving and 6 of watching); but as usual, it was worth the effort.
- We bought tickets through the USTA for $32 (â€œtheir dayâ€ at the tournament); and in the main stadium we were FIVE ROWS FROM THE TOP. Not a real good place to watch a tennis match.
- Another friend, bought tickets through an online broker for the same day and sat in the 10th row, corner of the court, in the shade. But, paid $125 per ticket.
- So, we spent most of the day in the smaller Grandstand and sat in the seventh row from the court. I would rather watch a â€œsecond tierâ€ match upclose, than the featured match from the top of the stadium.
- Our friend believes that you can buy Grandstand reserved seats for just a little more than the regular ticket: get a reserved seat right near the court, in chairs with backs. Sounds like a plan for next year.
- On the players, Andy Murray has the sweetest backhand you will ever see; and is one of the smartest players on the tour.
- Andy Roddick on the other hand, doesnâ€™t and isnâ€™t. He insists on still hiding in the add corner to hit his forehand both crosscourt to a rightyâ€™s backhand and down the line to his forehand. While he got away with it against Frenchman Gael Monfils that day, it was his downfall against The Fed later in the week (when Fed consistently beat him with the crosscourt forehand, that Roddick could not get back to cover).
- We also went to one of the outer courts to watch menâ€™s doubles (and sat in the front row). Even the â€œno nameâ€ journeymen doubles players are incredibly good, fast, and talented.
P.S. Even though Serena lost easily in the finals, give her credit for playing the whole match while injured. Would Djokovic have done the same?