I almost missed it but today is the first day of the US Open Tennis Championships in New York. I have been a tennis player and tennis fan since I was 8 years old and the US Open is easily my favorite tournament of the year. There may be the European flavor of the French, the pomp of Wimbledon, The laid back kickoff of the year at the Australian Open but I believe that the US Open tops them all. Not only do the best players never miss the US Open but the night matches are full of drama and go late into the night with catcalls and lots of cheering from the crowds that are really close to the court surface at Flushing Meadows.
There have been some great moments over the years in watching the US Open. My favorite moments were Jimmy Connors and his run at 39 to the semis in 1991. Many John McEnroe arguments, Pete Sampras throwing up on center court during the fifth set of the semis and eventually winning the tournament and of course the last few years of Roger Federer domination.
The US Open Tennis Championships will be going on for two weeks. This week is a good warmup to watch some great tennis moving into the great matches next week and of course Super Saturday next weekend