Tuesday, August 28, 2012

US Open Tennis 2012

I had the opportunity to attend 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 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 visits.  This year, I attended the opening Monday night session which included a spectacular opening ceremony with a performance by Jordin Sparks.  Celebrities in attendance included NYC mayor Bloomberg, actor Alec Baldwin and action Stanley Tucci.  I watched Kim Clijsters defeat newcomer Victoria Duval in straight sets.  In addition, top seed Roger Federer swept Donald Duval in straight sets.

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.  As in the past, American Express distributed free headsets to follow the play-by-play as well as the ability to link an American Express card with FaceBook and Foursquare and get exclusive discounts on food and merchandise.  The SmashZone was  remodeled this year but my son found it was less engaging than in the past with a strong emphasis on video games rather than physical activity.  Also new this year was a full compliment of video screens in the main Arthur Ashe stadium.

Photos are posted on Picasa

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