Tennis Is My Racket…

My latest binge is the US Open.

I have such great memories of working there for years.

They were long days as I started before the roof was installed at Arthur Ashe Stadium and it inevitably rained numerous times over the course of the 2 week tournament. It was not unusual to work until the wee hours of the morning and then back by 8:30-9am for pre-production meetings.

I was the On Air Booth Manager for NBC (TBS), CBS and later on ESPN when they bought the rights to the Open.

I took care of all the talent.

I really enjoyed the talent…John McEnroe is amazing, Patrick McEnroe is wonderful, Brad Gilbert a real character, Tracy Austin a doll, Mary Carillo the best, Ted Robinson a total joy, Mary Jo Fernandez a dream, Chris Fowler very professional, Cliff Drysdale fabulous and the late Dick Enberg the consummate professional.

Meeting players was a bonus.

I remember Nadal’s first Open wearing clam diggers (capris) as we called them in New England and those muscular arms which are rare for tennis players…he could barely speak a word of English and female employees were killing themselves to get close to him.

I brought a lot of innovation to the job to make the talent’s life more comfortable and organized.

I met so many interesting people and loved when NY Giants and Yankee players came up to the box…I usually scored tickets which was an added bonus.

Every night was a different array of stars.

Vera Wang committed to designing my daughter’s bridal dress, Kim Cantrell from Sex In The City was hilarious, Kate Hudson was way to much fun, famous stylists analyzed my hair and sent me product, Alec Baldwin you can keep, I was surprised to witness so many super models stuffing their faces and how boring politicians were.

One of the negatives was having Donald Trump’s suite next door…he was Orange, gross, cheap and a hideous sexist who ran his suite the way he ran America with contempt and total disregard for people’s feelings.

So many more experiences, but for now it is game, set and match.

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