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Attending US Open

The little tree John Robert Isner in action.

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a few serves

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A serve

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Sergiy Stakhovsky vs Denis Istomin

Two unknown players battling out for the Pilot Pen title in New Haven. Is it tennis or chess? Very interesting. Compare to the girls– NYT’s girls rule or girl power .. but any sport in slow mo would look spectacular? – those two look like the sissy. Hmmmmm .. actually it’s different and neat. A break from power game, the hard hitting and all that.
Stakhovsky plays single hand back hand. Except his huge little beak nose, he’s pretty cute.

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A few shots of the 2010 US Open

It’s the qualifying rounds of the 2010 US Open. The atmosphere was very relaxed.
I wandered into Court 11. Near by were two guys, one was holding a huge camera, the size of a canon.
He was giddy.
Click .. click .. click .. he fired away.
“Oh .. I hide the boxes in the garage when I bought new stuff .. ” he offered with a laugh.
He then showed me the shots he took earlier when Novak Djokovic was practicing. We’re agreed should I manage to sell it on eBay, we’ll split the profit.
More pix on FB

US Open Day 3; Day 10

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DSCN9831Ok, as it turns out, Maria’s pretty outfit is two pieces: shirt and skirt, at $60 each. Without the Russian bella this outfit looks dead and dreadful. Of course. That’s where models and mannequins come in. I really don’t like the frilly shoulders which is in fashion this season, which is right with the younger crowds. The outfit would look so much better with a simple tank top – I’m old.
Too girlie for my taste.
Btw, there is a new name for middle aged, in between 30-50 or about: formerlies.

This white tank top dress has s similar style sells $120. Bit too plain thou.

Our first NY vs NJ match had gone well, thanks to Sherry and her team’s tireless effort. First isn’t exactly the right word here since this type of matches had happened in the past. But since it’s my first, so it’s the first. The idea was hatched while we were playing the sectional at Albany. Paul suggested that I should introduce myself to our fifth enemy – our last match was against NJ. It was an easy conversation with Sherry and we agreed on the spot that the friendly battle across Hudson River should continue, from time to time. My aim is to keep my team focused during the off season, monthly match with identical format and number of players. NJ volunteered to do the first. As it turned out, it became a huge party, three courts became 9. The generous hospitality they extended to us was enjoyed and appreciated by all of us.
Our little team welcomed two new comers: Ricky and Helen. Rick had expressed his desire not to team up with his lovely wife
“So I would have dinner for the rest of my life.”
Out of pity, I teamed up with him, thinking what kind of woman is she. Not cooking dinner n all that.
the super girl
So she teamed up with Simon playing next to us. As it turned out, Ricky was very lovesick, constantly longingly looking to the court next to us; whenever I missed a shot, which was often, he would musing out loud ..
” 你这么杂? 我老婆一早就搞定佐了 .. 你真是无用…. hmmmmm … Helen would have gotten that easily …”

So Irene was fooled – they are lovebird too 🙂 .. pretty good excuse on my part for losing the close match: 4:6, 5:7.
Sorry Rick, I’ll run faster next time; play harder and scream louder …

The next match was doubles, Helen and I faced a super girl and her young partner, freshly arrived. NJ team has far more players and they rotate to play two hours match while we did four hours.
One look at our opponents, especially Pat we got discouraged. She has this marvelous physiques, sculptured muscle and perfectly toned body.
We lost 4:6, 4:6
The reason should be obvious by now .. that my partner was constantly looking for her hubby and musing out loud ..
“你这么杂? 我老 公一早就搞定佐了 .. 你真是无用… ”
“我 老公一早就埋单了 ..”
Sight … 我真不知怎么这么好运 峨嵋山: 被老公吼了然后在被老婆骂 ..

Okay .. in reality, I was tired and couldn’t really move my legs and feet and all that. Pat and Lucy were great good player who played well. The atmosphere was light and jolly, the usual case when the match is loop sided.

Anyway, my kids and I would like to say thank you.

DSCN9839 DSCN9836 DSCN9828 the new lovebirds girls rule big happy family
1. The original lovebirds; 2. My 金童玉女常胜军; 3. 好像有人回娘家了, Paul? 4. The new lovebirds: not his daughter -:); 5/6 with the mates.

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her back and fore

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Pink vs pink

Perhaps each tennis entourage or camp doesn’t talk to each other: Roger Federer is wearing a mute pink while Nadal hot pink.  Image if they were to make to US Open final this Sept .. holy smoke my New York is going to be shrouded under a pink spell. .. Btw FedEx is not as sharp as he used to be.

Roger is playing against Berdych in the Rogers in Toronto.  He has gray short on, looking like a midtown secretary to me.  I knew I would feel sorry should Roger goes (retire), for not many players use single hand back hand, not to mention his elegant style.  .. but I’m cheering for Berdych.

Earlier today Maria Sharapova took out Bartoli. She wore the same dress. The only thing I’d like to change is shoulder of the dress, which unfortunately is bit too frilly for my taste.

Maria’s match has half or quarter filled audience while Roger played to a full house.

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Some girls just have it all

I always admire her outfits on court

Wondering why it looks so good

Then I realized she has a narrow waist

I didn’t get to measure her – let’s not get too extreme

but I think 19 inches aren’t too far from the fact

She should look great in Maria’s new outfit


Oh lord, I was born with a 23″ waistline

Ok, no mathematician here .. but it was close to that

not 19″!!

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Randall’s Island Tennis Center

not a paintingThis picture looks like a painting more than a photography.

One Randall’s Island
New York, NY 10035

This new Sportime opened last June (6/30/2009) with a price tag of $18 Million, for WTT – World Team Tennis. Pretty cool. We played there in June, the lighting was poor unless they turn on the ally way. There was bathrooms for non members.


From Long Island: Take the Grand Central Parkway to the TriBorough Bridge. Stay in the right lane and exit for Randall’s Island, after the tolls. Once on Randall’s Island, follow the signs for the Tennis Center. From NYC: Take the FDR Drive to the TriBorough Bridge. Continue as above. From Westchester/Connecticut: Take the Major Deegan (I-87), New England Thruway (I-95) or the Bruckner Expressway (I-278) to the TriBorough Bridge. Continue as above. By Public Transportation: Take the M35 bus at 125th Street.

Click here to see a map


This club has few cozy spectator corners ..

Jan 28, 2011: last regular season game @ Manhattan League

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