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It was back in 2004, I decided it was high time to go to the US Open and see Andre play “at home”. I asked other French fans if they were interested in coming with me. And there we went. A couple of days before the tournament we were eight people flying over the Atlantic ocean.

New York is a strange city. After a long drive from JFK (but it was in a limo, so that was not too long though ;-), we arrived in Manhattan. And even if it was our first time in NYC, there was something familiar about this place. We happened to see this city in movies, in series, and there are so many famous monuments there.

Times Square

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Brooklyn Bridge

Anyway, we soon had to get prepared for our first day at Flushing Meadows : the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. I was surprised to see Andre so relaxed before the tournament. He really seemed to enjoy being there. He hit a few balls with Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

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Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish

In the “real” tournament, Andre’s first round was scheduled on the huge Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first night session. And it was against another American player : Robby Ginepri. The stadium was packed and there was a real friendly atmosphere in the stands. Any tennis fan should definitely go to the US Open.
2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

2004 US Open: Ginepri - Agassi

The first set was tough, but Andre eventually won 7-6 6-4 6-2. He seemed to be in pretty good shape. And by the time we flew back to France, we didn’t know that he was going to make it to the quarterfinals and an incredible match against number one Roger Federer.

This story by wil6ka was published on the Lomography website on January, 2009.

This Summer a long time dream of me came true – at least superficially;) I was always a tennis-crack in my teenage years, spent more time on the court than anywhere else. Back in the days I worshiped Boris Becker and imagined being a pro and playing in Wimbledon. Well, the story turned otherwise – but I played last Tuesday for the first time in six years, afterward my ass was aching – but this is another story.

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Anyways, I was in London this Summer and totally accidentally the Wimbledon Tournament was happening at the same time. So decision was easily made to go there. The thing was, during the day I had to work and I could only show up with friends in the early evening. And once we got there by tube we found out, that is a quite a challenge to get in. A queue of maybe 10 km was exposing itself (and I am not exaggerating). I heard about the passion of the english lining up in queues, but this was too much. But what can you do? we lined up and we gut a brochure, how the rules of lining up are…Isn’t that amazing?

The were selling merch with the message “I was queuing up in Wimbledon” and strawberries with whip-cream. After two hours we made it inside and smelled the air of history. Unluckily most of the stars had packed their stuff and enjoyed their “Feierabend” in their whirlpools. But I was there: I queued up for Wimbledon.

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More pics on the Lomography website.

Back in 2007 – part 1

Wheelchair tennis

After these entertaining doubles matches, I headed to number 7 court, for some wheelchair tennis.
There are only a few differences between tennis and wheelchair tennis:
– the player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The second bounce can be either in or out of the court boundaries
– the wheelchair is considered part of the body

Some photos and videos of Mickaël Jérémiasz, former world number one in singles and doubles.

Mickael Jeremiasz

Mickael Jeremiasz

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I had one of my best Roland Garros experience in 2007. I had bought tickets for the Benny Berthet Day but couldn’t attend it, and for the second Wednesday.
Usually, I avoid Wednesdays, because the stadiums are overcrowded and full of kids everywhere, but I really enjoyed that sunny day at Roland Garros.

Trophée des légendes
First match on the Suzanne Lenglen that day, an under 45 Legends Trophy match: Leconte/Pioline vs Champion/Cash.

A two time Grand Slam runner up (US Open 93, Wimbledon 97), Pioline won his biggest title in Monte Carlo in 2000. He is now co-director of the Paris Bercy Masters Series tournament.

Cedric Pioline

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First “I was there” story: Ludo at the Sanchez-Casal academy.

I went to the Sanchez Casal and stayed there for 2 years for different reasons.

The first one is because the academy is in Barcelona, Spain, which is not only a very sunny city which allows you to train outside during the whole year, but it is also a very nice and pleasant city for living.
Another reason that influenced my choice was because the academy had facilities such as hard courts, clay courts, synthetic grass courts, a gym and also a swimming-pool which I can assure you it’s perfect for relaxing after a long and tough day of practice under a blazing sun).

Sanchez-Casal tennis academy in Barcelona

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