Monday, August 31, 2009

Day (& Night) One at The US Open

This is my 25th year shooting the US Open, but it's the Duck's first.

Roger had an easy first round match.

Anna & Tyler got to see some great matches. After lunch I gave them a mini-tour of some good vantage points at Armstrong & the Grandstand.

Serena won in straight sets.

The photogs are having a great time on the blue carpet right before the opening ceremonies begin ...

... until someone told them they had to kneel! They don't look happy anymore! Who could blame them? I wouldn't have been able to see over the net!

Doug Flutie, David Robinson & Mia Hamm join Andre Agassi in being honored for the work they do to raise money for their respective foundations. It was great to see Andre back in NY.

The O'Jays entertained the crowd then Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas performed "America the Beautiful."

Fireworks (aka the usual "giant sparklers"). It's time for a new, more exciting fireworks show.

Andre eloquently spoke about how he's grown ... his journey from a rebel kid to the incredible man he's become, how the Agassi Academy is impacting his life & those of the students attending ... while Serena talks about the Serena Williams Signature Statement line of jewelery available on the Home Shopping Network. In all fairness, Serena was asked about her jewelry collection.

Venus got injured in the first set, but managed to pull it out in three.

I can't believe Miss Universe had to wear her sash out in public ... how embarrassing! Here she is posing with Doug Flutie.

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