Sony Ericsson Tournament Summary

Roger Federer on the practice court. Yes, those are robots on his shirt, depicting his on court demeanor, I suppose.

Roger Federer on the practice court. Yes, those are robots on his shirt, depicting his on court demeanor, I suppose.

Last week I spent three days watching tennis at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, FL with my friend Steve. It was a great event, even better than we expected. We got to see numerous great matches and practice sessions by top players in the world like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Dinara Safina, and Ana Ivanovic to name just a few. We missed out on Andy Murray, the Williams sisters and Bryan brothers but they were around too. There were so many great players and matches going on at any given time it was hard to pick what to watch. It’s like if you were a classic rock fan and you had the Stones on one stage, Led Zeppelin on another and Jimi Hendrix on a third.
While the tournament is not cheap, it’s a bargain compared to the US Open in New York City. Steve and I found we preferred watching matches on the outer courts more than in the stadium court. Even though the bigger name players typically play in the stadium, the reasonably priced seats are pretty high up. We arrived early to the general admission grandstand court to watch Nadal play doubles on the grandstand court and sat about 5 rows up in the middle of the court. If we had tried to get seats like that to watch Nadal play his singles match in the stadium court, it would have cost us hundreds of dollars.
Traffic and parking is not ideal at the tournament, since there is only one road onto the island from Miami. In the future I hope to stay on the island and ride a bike to the tournament like many of the locals do.
All in all, we had a blast and hope to come back to the tournament in the future.
Below are some photos from the trip

Rafael Nadal is about to inflict some pain on this ball.

Rafael Nadal is about to inflict some pain on this ball.

 

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga smacking a powerful serve. This guy is a beast. He will win some majors if he can stay healthy.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga smacking a powerful serve. This guy is a beast. He will win some majors if he can stay healthy.

 

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~ by jonwbecker on March 31, 2009.

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