San Carlos Tennis Club

SCTC US Open Grand Prize - Bucket List #1!

04 Oct 2012 11:52 PM | Anonymous

I never had - or thought I needed - a bucket list … that is, until I attended the US Open this year.  Two tickets to the Presidential Suite won through the San Carlos Tennis Club Raffle for improvement of local school tennis facilities, and generously donated by USTA, exposed a world I had hitherto experienced only on TV.  But live, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, sitting 30 feet from the world’s greatest players, up close for every fist pump and grimace, is an addictive experience that makes you want to come back again and again.

It is the magnitude and grandeur of the event that is not fully captured from one’s flat screen.  The Bill Jean King National Tennis Center provides a bucolic setting on 46 acres for the final Grand Slam of the summer.  Entrance to the grounds is lined by 30-foot fountains encircling the Unisphere, the world’s largest world from the 1964-65 World’s Fair.   Inside the grounds, the excitement is palpable, as you stroll down the walkway of the stars, or visit the USTA Hospitality Center, where a pro can analyze your serve or you can practice shots with a computer partner.

And, while Arthur Ashe – tennis’ largest purpose-built stadium – and Louis Armstrong stadium are impressive facilities with every seat affording good viewing, there are 22 courts on the grounds where one can watch practice and world class matches of the top names in tennis as well as the up-and-comers only a few dozen feet away – a thrilling encounter everywhere we turned.  An unforgettable experience and a Bucket List #1!  Thanks San Carlos Tennis Club!

Lisa McKenna

SCTC Membership & Grand Prize Recipient


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