Hello there bloggies!
It’s the last full week of August and the week before the US Open. So obviously everyone is taking it real chill and gearing up for the beautiful madness that is the US Open.
Not in New Haven, CT! They are hosting the Connecticut Open.
I did my graduate degree in the little city of New Haven and was more than happy to waltz down Chapel St to the Yale Bowl. Living in New England my entire life, the opportunities to see pro tennis were far and few between. But these five years in New Haven gave me the first real chance to watch tennis at the highest level up close. I even had the opportunity to volunteer with the USTA at the CT Open, which was such a fun experience. I still have the glow-in-the-dark glasses as a memento 🙂
But no longer do I live down the street from the Connecticut Open. Making the trek (and well getting time off work) is now a bit more difficult. So I am stuck watching the coverage on ESPN3 and remembering the fun of years past.
Here’s what sticks out about the brilliance of the Connecticut Open in my memory:
1) First and foremost, some of the best players in the world play in New Haven. Personally, I’ve been able to watch Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Kirilenko on the singles side plus some ridic doubles teams like Zheng/Mirza (I miss Jie Zheng so much!) and Hlavackova/Hradecka (aka always and forever Team Pink in my mind). Not only that but throw in Wozniacki, Radwanska, Venus, Madison Keys, and Simona Halep. That’s some amazing talent!
2) Now if you poke around the blog, you’ll notice some of the baking posts. I LOVE FOOD. You may not think it right away, but New Haven has fantastic food options. Not just restaurants, but FOOD TRUCKS. And the tournament is so smart to have these food trucks right on the grounds. If you are there, go to the Caseus Cheese Truck!! Do it now! The grilled cheeses are to die for.
3) The Connecticut Open is a relatively small tournament, but that means you get right up and close to the action. Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open is brilliant and quite the experience, but being able to make line calls and be right there in action is something else. Just check out these pics!
Oh hey Petra!
Doubles champs…Team PINK
ITS MOTHER-F’ING CLIFFY AND RENEE STUBBS
4) And to be honest, going to the Connecticut Open is just so bloody easy. Parking is right there. You are right off of Rt 95. Heck, you can even take Metro North up from the NYC area. Easy as pie…I wonder if they have any dessert food trucks there…hmmmm.
If you are nearby, GO TO THE CT OPEN! It is great for families and so completely chill. I know I would!
Are you at the CT Open? What do you think about it. Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.
See you laters!