Monday, July 29, 2019

Day 3: Some Russian drama and a whole lot of great matches

I'll try to keep this somewhat short because it's late and I'm tired.

Day 3 of the Citi Open was awesome!

My day did not start out well. First the Metro lot was full in Vienna so I decided to drive in and park at the tourney. Despite some heavy Beltway traffic I made it there 40 minutes before the gates opened, which meant standing around.

Once the tennis started there was drama everywhere. Lots of 3-setters to start the day. My favorite match of the day was Christina McHale's 3-set thriller over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (just call her Pavs).

At one point during the match Pavs double-faulted and I put my hands together twice and yelled at Pavs (who I was rooting for) to 'Come on' (which I say a lot while watching tennis). A Russian woman behind me said I was rude and disrespectful for clapping after a double-fault and that she was going to tell the umpire to have me thrown out! LOL! I tried to explain to the woman that I was cheering for Pavs but she said it didn't matter.

The Russian woman then began ripping on McHale over the next few games and saying she was ugly and she has told her son to never marry a woman that looks like that. Yes, I'm the one that's rude and disrespectful. LOL. Only tennis (and maybe soccer) can give you these kind of interactions and it's why I love the sport. There's so many people from so many countries that love it and the fans are so passionate!

Later on I was almost run over by Madison Keys because she was not looking at where she was going (she was looking at her cell phone)! LOL!

The tourney had its first rain delay (a short one) even though there was only a 10 percent chance of rain.

Cocomania was alive and well as Coco Gauff played doubles on the grandstand court (a packed crowd of course).

I saw parts of 17 of the 22 matches. I wanted to see all of them but that's way it goes sometimes.

The stadium court were a little lackluster, but the outside courts are always the place to be early in the tourney. The stadium matches will pick up as the week goes on.

I did try Market Square (the new concession area) and I now love it. The prices are still a little high, but the service is quick and there's plenty of room for people to sit, eat and even watch the tennis on TV. It's a very nice area and a great addition to the tournament.

The main ice cream stand dropped their prices from $10 to 5 (for a small) and it was pretty good!

Tomorrow I am trying out the taco place in Market Square. It is Taco Tuesday right?

Now here's a little look at some of the best matches tomorrow.

The stadium court matches will be OK. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays Karen Khachanov in the 7 p.m. match and that should be good. Nick Kyrgios then plays Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (former U.Va. NCAA champion). This match could be closer than you might think.

Coco will dominate John Harris Court. Her match with Zarina Diyas (who she just beat in doubles) is the third one up on that court and that place will be packed. That court is probably the place to be tomorrow as there are some other potentially really good matches there.

The grandstand court is all women's matches. Kiki Mladenovic against Shelby Rogers (second match of the day) should be a good one. The fourth match of the day features Madison Keys, the second seed.

Court 4 has some really good matches as well. Jack Sock plays Jordan Thompson in the second match there. Sock is coming back from injury and this is his second tourney back. Then in the fourth match Andrey Rublev plays Bernie Tomic, which means the match will probably be quick and maybe a little entertaining. Who knows what Bernie might do?

Court 5 is all doubles matches, including Genie Bouchard and Sofia Kenin playing together in the third match and Sock playing with Leander Paes in the fourth match against Alex De Minaur and John Peers.

All in all it was a great day and I can't wait to see what happens in Day 4. Let's keep this thing going!

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