On Saturday we took the subway to Queens to the US Open. We walked to Grand Central to get the train and then rode for about 25 minutes to Flushing Meadows. We got into the ticket line with not much hope but thought we’d try…..they had two tickets left for the day for the Djokovic-Wawrinka match and each was $395! The other choice was for grounds tickets for $25 each…guess which one we chose? It was amazing just being there…..the grounds have about 20 courts in a park-like setting and were full of vendors such as Mercedes, Emirates Airlines, Tiffany, Nike, etc. the food choices were equally amazing. We walked over to the practice courts, which were not even crowded, and there right before our eyes was Serena! Next to her was Richard Gasquet who was to play Nadal in the semi’s that night. We watched the practicing for a while and then as the players left, they came right by us…we were 6′ from Serena! She is actually shorter in person than she appears and she was very nice to the crowd. After Serena walked by then up stepped Bud Collins…remember him from decades ago? He actually stopped so I could take his picture and then I had to also get one from the back….the outfit!!! Then Viktoria Azarenka came onto the court and we watched her practice and then sign autographs. There were lots of matches being played on various courts and we watched some of the wheelchair events which were just amazing. As we rounded one corner we came upon Martina Navratilova in a doubles match. Then we went to watch the men on the big screen just outside Arthur Ashe stadium. This was a marathon of a match and so much fun to be sitting there on this warm sunny day enjoying the game and the crowd….a perfect New York Saturday!