Steve has asked me to start this thread since he's too busy bashing the Mets. My pleasure.
We've been to the Open twice this year. The Quals were fun last Wednesday. Good tennis from 30 feet away. An absolute pleasure. We had perfect weather and the grounds were gorgeous.
Yesterday the weather was like hot soup. Luckily it cleared up enough so we didn't get rained on when we were waiting for security to process us. We had tickets to Arthur Ashe stadium. We've been there many times before but this was the first match we've attended where the roof was complete. And a damned good thing too.
It's a little eerie with the roof shut. The lighting looks like the stadium is at the bottom of an aquarium and there is low roaring sound from the ventilation reminiscent of an airplane at 40,000 feet. You tune it out. What was impossible to tune out was the sound of a major downpour hitting the roof during the Murray - Granollers match. (And yes, I did call him Granola.) It was deafening - like being in a tent while garden hoses pound the outside. But the alternative was a 2 hour rain delay.
The tennis itself was fine. Simona Halep won her match in unspectacular fashion. She was clearly better than her opponent and never let up.
Andy Murray was himself. I've seen him live about 4 or 5 times. He doesn't have Djokivich's range but he has his stamina and intensity. The match was typical Murray. The first set was close. Granoller left everything he had on the court but Murray had more. The other 2 sets were pro forma. Granollers knew he didn't have a chance.
Murray is given to playing 5 set matches early in the tournament. It would be nice if he played more threes. He might have more energy left for the later rounds.
It was great to see Venus Williams looking healthier that she's been in years. She moved well and her shots were near perfect. The match was never close but you could almost hear Venus thinking "Enjoy this. It could be your last." The crowd gave her a very warm hand.