Friday, September 10, 2010


I was a little girl looking at a big poster of Björn Borg on my neighbors wall. That was my first introduction to Tennis. From there I progressed onto the steel prowess of Ivan Lendl and the anger of John McEnroe. I remember pining for the ‘cute as a button’ Stephan Edberg during my teen years, and who can forget Pete Sampras’ hanging tongue. Then there were the Agassi years - I recently read his book “Open” which took me back to the days when I used to stay up late at night watching the US Open in India - he was such a rebel one couldn't help but love him! After Agassi I sort of lost track of tennis; I think it was because I lived in places where it was not front and center and I did not seek it out. I moved to NYC in 2004 and ever since then I have been fortunate enough to go to the Open every year. There really is something special about Tennis at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It happens during the time of year when summer is just about turning into fall, there is a cool breeze blowing; the lights come on and there is an energy that cannot be put into words. Everyone gasps and cheers together at the hits and misses. As the game of tennis has progressed -> with fitter players, faster games, better rackets and bigger sponsors. I too have progressed from a girl infatuated with the game to a woman who enjoys the sport and maybe still is a little infatuated. Click here for some shots from the 2010 US Open.   


catherine said...

As usual, amazing shots. I am a huge tennis fan. Think we may have been at the same Federer match (but my pictures look nothing like this). Am going to the semis today. Maybe I will see you there!

Alefiyah said...

Thanks Cathy - not going today but will be there for the Mens Finals on Sunday - hope it is a fed - nadal one !

Anonymous said...

I like what you wrote and ofcourse the pics!!


The Chapati Kid said...

What? No love for Boris Becker? :-(

Thanks for sharing your photos, Alef! As always, so evocative.