Tuesday, August 30, 2011

US Open Tennis 2011

I had the opportunity to attend opening day of the US Open tennis tournament in New York city yesterday with my son.  Readers of this blog will recall my previous visits to the US Open in 2010200920082007 and 2006 visits.   I look forward to the US Open each year and this year we attended the day session.  As in the past, IBM is a major sponsor for the event and runs the USOpen.org website and other technology needs including the scoring, statistics and court side radar guns.  The US Open iPhone application was back again this year and made it easy for me to plan my day and keep track of matches.   My son's favorite attraction was the SmashZone which had lots of great activities for kids including miniature indoor tennis courts, table tennis and video games.  As in the past, American Express distributed free headsets to follow the play-by-play.  New this year was the ability to register an American Express card with FaceBook and Foursquare and get exclusive discounts on food and merchandise.  I snagged a $10 discount on food.

With the US Open's close proximity to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, I joined the rest of my family for a double-header against the Florida Marlins.  The Mets won both games.   While it was a long day, it was great to get out of the house while we wait for power to be restored due to Hurricane Irene.

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