Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Australian Open

Melbourne Australia (Jan 2007)- We're back from two days of the Australian Open in excruciatingly hot Melbourne! It was an incredible two days... watching "the tennis" (that's what we Aussies call it!) on tv is nothing compared to being there in person. The comraderie, proud countrymen, funky outfits supporting different countries, ... fights breaking out amongst the Croatians and the Serbians?!?! Totally uncalled for... Otherwise, it was such a great atmosphere and we only wish we could have stayed longer.

Some notable matches we saw were:
Andy Roddick vs Joe Tsonga (an absolutely incredible match between two great players)
Ivan Ljubicic vs Mardy Fish (we can't believe Mardy won! Ivan put up a decent fight)
David Nalbandian vs Janko Tipsarevic (this was the longest match I have ever seen- over three hours and finally Tipsarevic retired-- looked like he was about to collapse of heat stroke!)
Nicole Vaidisova vs Jill Craybas (no match for Nicole...)
and a bunch of other great matches. We could have seen a lot of the other seeded players if not for the hot weather. They were all cancelled as it was around 40 degrees C and they were all outside in the sun. By the time the matches were played, we were making way to the airport... oh well.

American Express-- thanks for hosting the open and giving us lots of free
paraphernalia! We'll be back next year, that's for sure...


Amber said...

I'm so glad you guys are taking time out of your super busy lives to have fun! Those matches sound super exciting! I've never watched tennis live, but now, after reading your accountl, I think I should!


Debbie said...

Living on Long Island for almost 50 years, you'd think we would've gone to the U.S.Open at least a few times. But, we never hopped on the LIRR to take the train into Flushing Meadows.....really too bad.
However, when Dad and I were dating in 1964, we had many dates at the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, same site as the tennis tourney, and even had our photo taken in front of that enormous metal art structure that still stands today!
Love from Mom