Thursday, August 15, 2019

Day 15: Time to go home, but it's been the trip of a lifetime!

So the 15 days of tennis are coming to an end.

Due to a heavy workload next week and my sinuses acting up I've decided to turn 18 days of tennis into 15, but that's OK! I've had an amazing time the last three weeks and wouldn't trade any of it for the world.

It's kind of fitting that I leave early since all of my favorite women are now out of the tourney and so is Roger Federer. Only Novak Djokovic is left and I can watch him win on my TV at home.

As a look back on it, it's been an amazing two weeks of tennis from D.C. to Cincy.

D.C. really improved this year and I'm sure I'll be back in future years.

It was my first time to Cincy as a fan and it was great getting to see all the greats one last time. Don't worry I'm sure I'll be back at some point.

All in all this trip was everything I hoped it would be. Lots of amazing tennis at two great tournaments. I got myself a tan and I am now ready to go back home and get into the upcoming high school season.

But I will never forget the trip of a lifetime and the many memories I made at two great tournaments! Thank you to D.C. and Cincy for putting on a great show!

Now it's time for football season, let's do this!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Day 14 of 18: DV wins, Maria loses and Nick is still a sideshow!

I'll try to make this short since it's late and there's lots of great tennis to come tomorrow.

First, it was another great day! Donna Vekic won on court 10, which is my favorite court. It's so close to the players and I got plenty of great videos and pictures!

Maria Sharapova lost and so that sucked, but at least I got to see her win one match!

There was some great doubles action that I checked out as well.

For the second straight night I left early and I'm glad I did. I was able to watch the Nick Kyrgios-Karen Khachanov match on Tennis TV! Nick was out of control and needs to be fined and suspended. But I have to admit it was entertaining!

Tomorrow is round of 16 day! Everyone plays and I'm excited for it!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Day 13 of 18: A win for DV and a stadium court full of thrillers!

Another great day of tennis!

The highlight for me was watching my second favorite women's player, Donna Vekic, win in the very small court 4.

It was a good match and with being so close to the court you were very close to the action and players.

Obviously, the stadium court was awesome for the day session. Stan Wawrinka won in 3 sets, Venus Williams won in 3 sets (both in tiebreakers). Then I got to see my favorite men's player, Novak Djokovic, win in straight sets. I also got to see a little of Roger Federer winning.

One of the best matches of the day was Madison Keys beating Garbine Muguruza on Grandstand court. Daria Kasatkina's win over Barbora Strycova on stadium 3 was also great!

Tomorrow will be another great day! Both Maria Sharapova and Donna will be playing at about the same time (my worst nightmare), but hopefully they can both come away with a win!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Day 11 and 12 of 18: Cincy Monday is the best day yet: A Maria win will always do that for me!

I did not get to write a blog Sunday because it was so late, so I'll do 2 in one.

First off, Sunday was great. It was a great day of qualifying/main draw matches.

However, Monday was the best day out of all 12 days so far. There were so many gteat matches, but most importantly I got to see Maria Sharapova win as a fan!

I've been here before as part of the media but this is my first time as a fan. So I could yell and scream for Maria all I wanted - and I did!

Hopefully, she will keep winning and I will keep screaming!

I was disappointed the fans in my section were not the greatest. Many of them weren't there to watch the match and were talking non-stop. One fan didn't even know what lines were in and out on the tennis court. Two other fans sitting in front of me were sleeping, which was amazing considering how much I was yelling (Maria's grunts should be loud enough to keep people awake).

I also got to see Donna Vekic win a doubles match with Kiki Bertens (hopefully tomorrow she will add a singles win). She played on Court 7, which honestly is the worst court there. The fence is so high that someone like me can't see unless I'm on the very top row (which isn't easy to get a seat on). There is very little room for fans. I stood for most of the match, which was my best chance to see.

Novak Djokovic also played doubles but his court was too full by the time I got to it, so I did not watch that. He plays singles tomorrow as does many of my other faves like DV and Angie Kerber. And some guy named Fed plays tomorrow as well. So I might check out some of that old man's match.

It's going to be a busy, great day! I can't wait!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Day 10 of 18: The Cincy tourney is off to an amazing start!

What a first day! Overall, day No. 10 of 18 days of pro tennis was fantastic!

It is so great to be back in Cincy for the Western and Southern Open. As soon as I arrived I remembered just how much I love this tournament.

There is so much going on! The food is great! I finally tried the Skyline 3-way Chili, which is cheese, chili and spaghetti combined. It was great! Then there is Graeters ice cream, the best ice cream I've ever had.

Of course, the tennis was great too! So many great players trying to qualify in. Wimbledon semifinalist Barbora Strycova beat Kaia Kanepi in 3 sets. My favorite match of the day was Lauren Davis beating Kristie Ahn in 3 sets. Monica Puig also won a thriller over Anastasia Potapova in 3 sets.

Ivo Karlovic beat Tennys Sandgren in 3 stes, which came down to a final tiebreak. Jack Sock lost a tough 3-set match to Mikhail Kukushkin.

So many great matches. Tomorrow will be even better with 2 main draw matches happening and 3 main draw men's doubles matches happening.

One of the best things about the Cincy tennis tournament is how many huge courts they have. The top three courts are all stadiums and the fourth one, court 10, is one of my faves because you are very close to the court.

It's just a beautiful tournament, a beautiful venue and I can't wait for the main draw action to start tomorrow.

There will be many long days and nights and lots of great tennis ahead and I can't wait! Let the fun begin!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Day 9 of 18: Kyrgios wins Citi Open title; Cincy is next!

What a great way to end the Citi Open!

As a Nick Kyrgios fan I was happy to see him win the men's singles title. It was a great match and it was so great to see him so emotional after winning it.

The men's doubles final was also really good with Raven Klassen and Michael Venus winning in the third-set supertiebreak.

The women's singles final was a dud but it was nice to see Jessica Pegula win her first title!

All in all just a great week, great crowds. I was sad to leave but also so excited for the Cincy tourney next week.

One tourney down, one to go. D.C. was just the appetizer - Cincy is the main course!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Day 8 of 18: Nick and Stefanos steal the show!


That was a pretty good day of semifinals and finals in D.C.

I have to admit I was only there for the women's semis (both of which were decent matches). I did get to watch Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas from my hotel in what was the match of the tourney! Of course it was great to see Coco Gauff and Caty McNally win the women's doubles title!

I am now ready for an exciting day of finals tomorrow. Day 9 should be the best day yet!

First up will be Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau against Raven Klassen and Michael Venus in the men's doubles final. I'm going with Rojer and Tecau in this one.

Then it will be the women's final between Camila Giorgi and Jessica Pegula. I'm taking Giorgi in that.

To cap the tourney off it will be the men's final between Nick and Daniil Medvedev. That should be a great battle, which hopefully Nick will win!

I probably won't post a blog on the finals until Monday or so. But it's been a great week and a great tourney. The best time I've had in D.C.!

Let's end this in grand style with three great matches!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Day 7 of 18: Doubles was the highlight of the day at the Citi Open

Day 7 of the Citi Open was another great one!

I was able to get to see parts of all 12 matches. The men's doubles matches were the best ones. Unfortunately, the Bryan brothers and the Murray brothers both lost.

My favorite female player that was left in the draw - Lauren Davis - also lost. However, I really like Caty McNally and I think she can totally win the singles and the doubles (with Coco Gauff) titles here!

The Anna Kalinskaya win over Kiki Mladenovic match was a good one, which included an underhand serve. The shoe fiasco in the Stefanos Tsitsipas win over Benoit Paire was entertaining, but all in all the men's matches were kind of duds.

Tomorrow should be a great day of semifinals and the women's doubles finals! I will probably just go to the women's semis and watch the men's semis from my hotel to help rest up with a busy week ahead of me! But it should be a great day either way.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Day 6 of 18: The best day of the Citi Open yet!

What a great day for tennis!

I think, overall, Day 6 of the Citi Open may have been my favorite. The matches weren't anything special, but it was a great day as far as everything going smoothly.

Any time you go to a tournament it takes a few days to get used to where everything is and get the timing of everything down. I feel like today was perfect in that regard for me today. It would be better if there wasn't road work on I-66 and I could actually get home at a decent time.

The matches were solid. Camila Giorgi's 3-set marathon win over Rebecca Peterson was the match of the day for me. I saw at least a little bit of 13 of 15 matches.

Marin Cilic-Felix Auger-Aliassime was a dud (it happens). I have to admit I enjoyed the Caty McNally win over Christina McHale a lot. I continue to be impressed with McNally.

Decisions will have to be made tomorrow as to what to watch. The schedule is divided by groups.

The stadium court features all of the men's singles quarterfinals. I have to admit they don't look that great to me. I think the semis will be great but I'm not sure about the quarters. Cilic and Daniil Medvedev looks like the best match, although Benoit Paire and Stefanos Tsitsipas could also be decent.

On the John Harris court will be all doubles. I'm very tempted to stay with that court all day. Two women's semis and two men's quarters. The two men's semis feature Andy Murray and the Bryan bothers.

On the grandstand court will be all the women's quarterfinals. Those matches aren't anything flashy either.

What will I do go with all doubles, all women's singles or all men's singles or a mix of all of them? Stay tuned to tomorrow's blog to find out.

Also, let's hope the rain they are calling for stays away (like it did Wednesday).