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2012 US Open Tennis: Anything Can Happen

Author: Carole Di Tosti.
Published: August 29, 2012 at 5:40 am

View from the Chase lounge, Monday, August 27, 2012 

Tennis is not an elitist sport, despite what some may feel. It is globally appreciated, if it is not the premier sport in America. What I enjoy about the US Tennis Open more than any other sport in this country is that at the Open, I can stand or sit next to people from France, Serbia, Belgium, Chile and hear accents I would never hear even walking the streets or visiting diverse restaurants in my current hometown, New York City. The world is at the US Open. The world is not at any other sport in this country. Also, the largest tennis venue globally is Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Queens, which Novak Djokovic reminded Americans in his interview with Brad Gilbert Tuesday evening after his bruising win (6-1, 6-0, 6-1) on Ashe earlier against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi in his Round 1 match.

Another element I enjoy about the US Open is that it requires fans to be ready for anything: Serena Williams' passion (She won her first round match against Coco Vandeweghe {6-1, 6-1} with her eyes closed.) being fined for a loud call last year in her match against Australia's Sam Stouser, Louis Armstrong soaked and deadened after last year's Hurricane Irene (Andy Roddick's match was moved to an intimate outside court on the grounds) or this year's two hour torrential rain after one and one half hours of match play on Day One.

Do you carry your umbrella or not? For the last four years of the Sunday men's final, the answer was "Yes!" The final was moved to Monday because of rain delays that suspended play. So you see, like with all the Grand Slams, rain figures in very distinctly and can try the fans' and the players' patience and increase their levels of frustration and stress. Indeed, though I wouldn't want to go back and test the stats for this, I'm sure a number of players have been broken by dark clouds and sheets of water during Grand Slam events when so much is at stake. Will the same happen this year?

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Article Author: Carole Di Tosti.

Carole Di Tosti, Ph.D. is a published writer, novelist and poet. She writes for Blogcritics. She authors three blogs: 1) http://www.thefatandtheskinnyonwellness.com/ 2) http://www.achristianapologistssonnets.com/ 3) http://caroleditosti.com/ …

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