1) The Choice of day – We went on the Tuesday of the second week; which in my opinion, is the ideal day to go. It is the men’s fourth round match; so while there are big names in the main stadium, there are usually much better matches going on “up close and personal” on the outer courts. (and as it turned out, it rained the day before; so some of the charter bus trips went over and back, without seeing any tennis).
2) Parking – There was a new choice for those of us without VIP parking stickers: before going all the way to the back of the huge parking area, they offered up front, preferred parking for an extra $5. The best $5 we spent that day.
3) Seating – For the first time, we did not buy our usual “nose bleed section” seats in the main stadium; but bought Grandstand Reserved seats. While we had no access to the main Stadium, that gave us second row seats (with backs and the sun behind us) in the Grandstand. There, we saw some excellent tennis matches.
4) Watching doubles – On the way in, we stopped at Court #2 and watched the American Giants (Querry and Isner) lose to Bhuathi and Max Mirnyi. These guys are so big, they make the court look smaller!
Then later in the afternoon, I went back over to the same outer court to watch the Bryan Brothers win 6-4, 6-4. In between, we watched Spain’s Almagro beat Brazilian Bellucci in a HOT (think Davis Cup atmosphere in South Florida) three set match. Mardy Fish hurting his back and defaulting to Youzny; and Soderling beating Juan Monaco.
What struck us all was: how hard the all hit the ball… and it stays in! But also in watching the doubles, how incredibly quick their hands are at the net… getting the ball crushed at them, to casually volley back winners.
A really good day for tennis in south Florida.