The Western and Southern Open has been going on since last Saturday, so I’ve been really busy but I’ve had some very memorable experiences so far. I got to walk around tournament grounds and watch matches as a normal spectator, and I also got to be on court as a ballgirl.
Favorite moments so far (in no specific order) :
•This year I was a ballgirl for Angelique Kerber (who played in the finals last year against Li Na), Andrea Petkovic, Su-Wei Hsieh, Shuai Peng, Vera Dushevina, Marina Erakovic, Vania King, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Roberta Vinci, Tommy Robredo, Dmitry Tursunov, Nicolas Mahut, Michael Llodra, and many others.
•I saw Rafael Nadal in the flesh and blood a few times as he went to the players lounge! Rafa just came back from after winning the Rogers Cup in Canada and seems to be the most popular player this year. Fans swarmed him with cries of “Rafa, Rafa!” everytime he walked by. He also wasn’t here last year, so the crowd definitely loved the fact that he’s back this year. His appreciation for his fans is shown in the amount of time he gives to sign autographs and meet his fans. He’s such a geniune guy, always smiling!
•I was watching another player practice when I noticed that a Wimbledon champ happened to be standing next to me…Marion Bartoli! She seemed so sweet, I was laughing every now and then at some of her comments. I didn’t even realize it was her until fans started asking for autographs and pictures. It’s so sad to hear that she’s retiring, but I give my best wishes to her. Read about her emotional decision to retire at WCPO or watch her announcement:
•A similar thing happened to me too. I was casually watching a match one day and a man sitting next to me asked if I was a player. I was a little surprised (in a good way) that I resembled a pro tennis player even in the slightest bit, but I honestly felt so cool. If only he had asked for my autograph…that would have been the cherry on top!
•When I wasn’t being mistaken for a player, I was watching some matches. I saw last year’s champion Li Na play Lauren Davis on Center Court, thanks to my friend with court side seats. (Those were the seats that got her a signed ball and hug from Djokovic! Wish I had been there for that..)