January 25, 2015
Things are very blue for the Aussies at the Open…
Today was my first day at the Australian Open with my sister. We had seats for the Margaret Court day session and got to see three decent matches. Here are my thoughts for the day:
Melbourne Park is beautiful, expensive, and growing. For the Australian Open everything is blue from the courts to the grounds.
The Aussies do things right. You can bring in your own food and drinks as long as it not in cans or glass. I was prepared for a fight for my bottled water a la Coachella, but no need – people had picnic bags walking in…
The whole place has WiFi!!! I am a social media addict now…
The facilities are relatively well maintained and clean.
I hoped it was going to be warmer for us but its pretty chilly! Chilly meaning high 60s to 70s. I am a wimp now. Plus I brought cute summer weather clothes. Now I need to find all my clothes to layer and stay warm.
Tennis fans are usually quiet and dignified but the crazy ones are truly institutional.
My sister and I were stopped by one of the janitors for the park who thought we were Serena and Venus Williams. He wanted to take a picture with us. When we explained it was a case of mistaken identity he said he was from Peru and just wanted a picture to send to a friend. Really? It’s not my fault that the only black women you know are the Williams sisters and Michelle Obama. I get this all the time when I travel out of the country and even within. I am not a sideshow!
Here are some blue highlights…
We saw Australia’s Sam Stosur and Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova get taken out by Bertens and Larsson. That marks the end for Stosur and Kuznetsova in women’s singles and doubles.
Next up was young German Julia Georges who was beaten by Russian Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets.
The best match we saw was between Australian Bernard Tomic and Czech Tomas Berdych. Berdych is strong, fit and has some nice angles, but awful colors and wardrobe. He is sponsored by H&M – do better. The match was lively due to Tomic’s local cheering section. The crowd was definitely for Tomic given he is the country favorite, but he was overwhelmed by the veteran Berdych and lost in straight sets.
The blues will happily continue for these players…
Young Canadian Genie Bouchard advances, as well as Russian Maria Sharapova, and Romanian Simona Halep.
The epic game of the night was between Australian Nick Kyrgios and Andreas Seppi – aka the last Aussie standing and the guy who took out Federer – in the general admission Hisense Arena. This was louder than Rod Laver Arena by far and the crowd showed unrelenting support for the homeland favorite who came from behind two sets down to win the match.
Another notable game between Scotsman Andy Murray and young Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov – aka Maria Sharapova’s boyfriend – lasted into the next day. Andy Murray was able to hold off Grigor and will take on Aussie Kyrgios in the quarters.
My favorite men’s player Spanish Rafa Nadal advanced in straight sets. He will take on Berdych next.
Show Me the Meaning
I’m sorry I can’t help you, it’s time for my break…
When the player who is being served to is winning the game 30, 15, or 0 (love) to 40, that player is going to take the game away from the server. The server should try to keep the points for their service game. This is referred to as a “break.”
Tomas Berdych received many break points off the serve of Bernard Tomic much to the chagrin of Tomic’s cheering section.
The next big thing: More from Margaret Court Arena tomorrow for Australia Day! I will remember to dress appropriately this time and look less like a Williams sister.
Thank you for reading my first Australian Open 2015 blog! Hope you are enjoying and sharing!