I just want to start out by thanking everyone who’s made the past couple of weeks such an incredible experience. The outpouring of love and support has been both humbling and heartwarming. It’s such an amazing feeling to have so many people behind you.
Tim Smyczek at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
Saturday night was a three and a half hour adrenaline rush. I’ve never been a part of something that special on a tennis court. I found it impossible to feel tired with a crowd like that carrying me the entire way. I can tell that feeling is addictive and I can’t wait to be in that same position again. I got chills every time the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA!” I wanted so badly to win that match for all the people cheering me on, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
There’s a reason that Pete and Andre and Andy used to love coming to New York every summer and I feel like I can in some small way relate to that. And I can’t wait to be back next year to do it all over again.
I have had a couple of incredible days in New York. Friday was an amazing experience!
Tim Smyczek is into the 3rd round! Photo by Cynthia Lum
The morning flew by and before I knew it, it was time for my match. I had a bit of a shaky start. Bogey came out playing great. Very aggressive and he didn’t give me much opportunity to get into the match. At 1-1 in the second set, I finally got my teeth into the match a bit and was able to break him. I got broken back a few games later, but I did feel like I was settling in. We both held out until a tiebreaker, and although I didn’t convert my first three set points, I finally took the second set 8-6 in the breaker.
Bogey jumped out to an early lead in the third and I went down 6-2. I battled back and won the fourth 6-4. I broke early in the fifth, but was broken back at 3-2. Finally at 4-4 I was able to break again. Before I served out the match and I was walking up to the line, the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA” It was an incredible feeling. I got goosebumps.
I’m third match up on grandstand on Sunday and I can’t wait to do it all over again!
Tim Smyczek defeats James Duckworth in the 1st round at the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum
Yesterday was an extremely long day for me. It started off with another first — our tournament car ran out of gas on the highway! Thankfully, we were able to make it over to the shoulder and not hold up traffic, but it was still a bit unnerving. And luckily someone who works at the US Open operations desk just happened to be driving by! He pulled over, popped his head out the window and said, “Do you guys need a ride?”
After we got to the site, I went through my usual routine (albeit a bit abbreviated). Then I had a quick bite to eat and started to prepare for my match. For me, this means gripping racquets, mixing electrolyte drinks and seeing the trainers for some treatment and stretching. Pretty soon it was game time.