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Advantage, Federer

Noshikori and Cilic in Monday night’s US Open Men’s Final?

Tennis fans are in shock.  (I include myself.)

But I would guess most perplexed are the organizers of the US Open themselves.  They wanted Roger Federer in that final game and, I contend, gave him every advantage to get there.

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Just take a look at his schedule:

  • Aug. 26th — Round 1, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Aug. 29th — Round 2, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Aug. 31st —  Round 3, last match of day session, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 2nd — Round 4, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 4th —  Quarterfinals, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 6th —  Semifinals, rain delayed to early evening, Arthur Ashe

If he were the #1 seed, or the #1 player in the world, you could argue that Federer was given more night matches due to his position.  But Djokovic occupies both of those spots, and he played primarily day session matches — was even scheduled in Louis Armstrong one afternoon.

If organizers cite TV ratings as justification for the schedule,  I call foul.  Federer was able to march through the draw without being forced to endure court temperatures over 100 degrees like every other player….

And that’s an unfair advantage.

 

Caved

Lazy Sunday morning.  Rory on the couch.  French Open Men’s Final on the tube.

Awesomeness.

I can’t help but flash forward to this year’s US Open on Labor Day weekend in New York City.  I haven’t missed the annual tennis tourney since I moved to Manhattan four years ago.

It’s always an amazing experience, but this year’s is gonna be special.  Because this year I’m attending the big event…as a member.

Not of the USTA.  (I joined a while back so I could buy tickets early.)  Nope, I finally caved and got an American Express card.  Because membership has its privileges…especially at the US Open.

For the past four years, I have walked past all the booths and kiosks with their special “For AE Card members only” signs.  Feeling left out.  Feeling…less.  Heck, one year I even used my friend Beth’s card information so I could get the special “For AE Card members only” radio headset to listen to the play-by-play during the matches.

Not this year.

I’m one of them now.  One of the uppity-ups.  Getting all the special drinks, special seats and special treatment.

But don’t worry.  I’ll be back with the little people at tourney’s end.