I am going back to the U.S. Open for the second day this year, but this time I’m bringing my oldest son for the first time. It is so cool bring a parent when your kid’s interests intersect with yours and you get to see the wonder on their faces from a first-time experience. He has been to the games at the Newport Hall of Fame, but this will be a whole new ball game. I’m really excited!
My focus is always the tennis, but there is also a ton of things happening on the grounds. It’s like a big festival- Food, live music, booths, interactive tennis experiences. My 11-year-old loved seeing all the Mercedes around the grounds. We took part in every interactive experience and picture. We hologrammed with Roger Federer. We played tennis with Maria Sharapova. We had a little heat related medical problem and spent two hours in the first aid office. They were really nice and took good care of my son.
We watched all our games in the grandstand, which is being torn down after this year. My son loved how close he was to all the players and that the players were gracious enough to sign for all the fans after their games.
Since the U.S. Open is a long day, we decided to stay overnight in NYC. We jumped on the subway, switching trains to go to the DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan. The rooms were nice and it was really convenient to both the regular subway (train E or F 35th and Lexington stop) and Grand Central (a ten minute straight walk) from where we headed back home the next morning. We got breakfast on the way to the train at DeMarco’s Coffee. The mocha was good (I love salt and chocolate), the sandwiches and pastries just OK. In spite of our illness, it was a great mother-son day and he really wants to come back next year. I did learn that I would just buy general grounds tickets or tickets to one of the smaller stadiums with him next year and not spend the extra money on Arthur Ashe. I think the best game of this day was in Louis Armstorng- Fognini vs. Lopez. It had everything we love tennis for- great play, great sportsmanship and never giving up. There is a lot of inspiration from these players to pass on to our kids. Now we are back to Rhode Island until another day.