Posted on August 29, 2013
in Pro Tennis Talk Tournaments
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.
I got down an early break 3-1 before we were interrupted by rain. We were escorted back to the locker room right away because they were expecting severe weather that would be around for a while. Back in the locker room, I got a sandwich and settled in for the rain delay. After a couple of hours we were called back to the court, but we had barely finished warming up before it started raining again. During this delay we found a training room right under the stands at court 17 that my coach and I stayed in instead of going all the way back to the locker room. My coach and I discussed our game plan a little bit more and then I took a short nap. Billy (my coach) periodically stuck his head out there to see if the rain had stopped yet. When they began to dry the courts again, he ran to get me an espresso and I was ready to go.
We got all the way to 4-1 in the fourth set before we had a little bit of rain, but it only lasted for 5 minutes or so. Thankfully, I was able to finish off the match and not let it drag on into today!
Looking forward to my next match!