Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Day 4 of 18: Success in watching every match, including some great doubles

Day 4 at the Citi Open was awesome again!

I saw at least a little bit of every match - all 24 of them! My feet are now paying the price as I have two blisters. Oh well, the price you pay for watching great tennis!

For me the highlight of the day was watching some great doubles on Court 5. Court 5 was nothing but doubles matches and one of the best parts about it is - how close you are to the court and the players. I like to sit in the front row and you are actually on the court - 10-12 feet from the players while they're playing. It is awesome. The doubles itself was great too and it's great to see Mark Ein making it more of a priority in the tourney.

My fave match of the day overall was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's 3-set win over No. 2 seed Karen Khachanov.

There were definitely some upsets as both top-seeded Sloane Stephens (2-set loss to Rebecca Peterson) and second-seeded Madison Keys (2-set loss to Hailey Baptiste) were knocked out.

Keep an eye out for young American Catherine McNally. I was impressed with her game in a rout over Lin Zhu.

Of course, Cocomania came to an end in singles (she's still in doubles with McNally). Coco Gauff lost to Zarina Diyas. There will be much better days ahead for Coco.

I am loving the new Market Square(concessions area) more and more! Such a great addition to the tourney.

Tomorrow's schedule looks great (except for the rain in the forecast). Lots of doubles and men's matches scheduled. Only 4 women's singles matches.

The highlight of stadium court will be Andy Murray playing with his brother,Jamie, in doubles against Nicolas Mahut and Edoua Roger-Vasselin.

Five great matches on John Harris Court, all men's singles. Riley Opelka against Felix Auger-Aliassime should be great.

On grandstand court, Lauren Davis against Sofia Kenin should be a great women's match. Coco and McNally also play against Yu-Chieh Hsieh and Xiaodi You in women's doubles quarterfinals. The Bryan brothers also play in men's doubles against Treat Huey and Denis Kudla.

I can't wait for another great day!

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