The US Open is underway in Flushing, Queens and on Wednesday evening, Examiner.com was on the scene for the third day of the world famous tennis tournament as a guest of American Express. American Express has sponsored the US Open for twenty years. On this particular evening, due to rain delay, the last match featuring Sloane Stephens didn't end until about 1 a.m. on Thursday morning, but it was still a blast!
Before we checked out the evening session, we took a tour of the American Express Fan Experience, which is a large two floor tent, where US Open attendees and their children can plays games, watch matches, charge their phones and hang out in between matches. When you first enter the space, there is "The Art & Sound of Tennis" interactive exhibit, where one swings a tennis racket in front of the wall and sees how swings digitally translate to works of art and music.
Our favorite activity at the Amex Fan Experience was the Professional Swing Analysis. We had a one on one tutorial from a professional tennis player, who showed us how to serve and critiqued our form. After hitting a few balls, we had the opportunity to take a fun artistic photo, which was emailed to us and printed out.
We also spotted guests playing Wii Tennis at one of the stations. The space also features a WTA Tour Booth where all fans can stop by to find out more about professional women’s tennis. On the other side of the Fan Experience, there is a full USTA certified indoor court, where kids can receive tennis lessons and anyone can practice their swing. Since it is the only indoor court at the US Open, sometimes pro-tennis players stop in to warm up on rainy days. We hear Roger Federer stopped in last year.
On the second level of the Fan Experience, there is a card members only lounge, which sells light bites and drinks and overlooks the indoor court. American Express’ Director of Sports Marketing, Michele Carr, gave us a personal tour of the space and showed us the new US Open TrendCast app, which Amex launched this year. "TrendCast, featured within the official US Open app, tracks the Championship’s hottest stories via Twitter so that fans can explore trending topics and join the conversation directly from the app. Each day, the most popular social topics and fan Tweets help shape programming for the TrendCast Radio Show, which will be broadcast live from the Fan Experience daily at 4:00 p.m. EST."
Around 9:30 p.m., we headed to see the number three ranked player in the world, Scottland's Andy Murray, play Michael Llodra of France. We put on our American Express complimentary radio, currently available for American Express Card Members every day of the Open, and took our seat. Andy Murray had many fans cheering for him in the audience and he looked sharp in a red shirt. Llodra, on the other hand, wore a very bright neon green shirt. On this evening, the New York Times gave out random prizes to different sections. Murray defeated Llodra with ease (6-2, 6-4, 6-3). Next up Sloane Stephens dominated her sets. In a very impressive 58 minutes she defeated Poland's Urszula Radwanska 6-1, 6-1 in a match that ended right before 1 a.m. Thursday.
We had a blast checking out the US Open as a guest of American Express. Stay tuned for more of our US Open adventures. Fun Fact: "All tennis fans visiting on American Express Day at the US Open, Monday, September 2, will have the opportunity to pick-up a radio. The radio features live play-by-play commentary and match updates from CBS, ESPN and the Tennis Channel. Twenty-thousand radios will be available at the Fan Experience or at any American Express satellite location on the grounds for non-Card Members that day."
Other US Open sightings:
- Dree Hemingway, Charlotte Ronson, Leigh Lezark, Cynthia Rowley and Derek Blasberg, as well as celebrity chef, Todd English were spotted in the Moët & Chandon Suite on Wednesday, before being inundated with Fashion Week. Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr., models Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, fashion designer Chris Benz and figure skating champion Johnny Weir also made an appearance this week in the Moet suite for the opening night of the US Open.
- On Monday evening, Olivia Wilde and fiance Jason Sudeikis got cozy in the Emirates Suite at the US Open. They chatted quietly to each other all night and enjoyed watching Serena Williams win the women’s match from the best seats in the house. When caught on the jumbotron, Olivia rumpled Jason's hair. They held hands when walking throughout the lavish suite and seemed very happy to be attending the US Open together.