Already 10 years since my trip to the US Open. Time flies…
It was my first time ever in the States (and it remains the only time to this day), but strangely enough everything seemed so familiar (I guess it is related to watching to many american TV shows…) and everything seemed so big: the buildings, the food portion sizes and of course the Arthur Ashe Stadium:
Ahead of the US Open, Andy Murray stopped by the adidas Sport Performance SoHo store in New York to meet with 100 lucky fans. The appearance featured a photo-booth where fans were able to take pictures with Murray and imitate his signature fist pump. adidas is now looking for fans to get behind Murray with a series of challenges on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Throughout the tournament, fans can share their own fist pump images via Instagram to show their support. Tag your photos with #allinforMurray for a chance to win daily prizes, including signed tennis product. The best entries from the competition will be compiled and shared through adidas’ and Murray‘s social channels.
Novak Djokovic and surprise guest golfer Adam Scott at UNIQLO flagship store:
Photos by UNIQLO
Ahead of next week’s US Open, tennis fans have the opportunity to meet 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray at the adidas SportsPerformance Store in New York City tonight. Spend $75 or more on tennis product and you’ll be granted access to the event.
adidas Sport Performance Store
610 Broadway Boulevard New York, NY 10012
August 20th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST
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.
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.
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.
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.