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  1. CrispyFritters

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    Starts on Monday. Going to go for a day, but have never been before and have a few questions.

    Is there such a thing as a grounds pass to walk around and watch player's practice?

    It's opening day...Should I buy a seat in the stadium to watch what will probably be a lopsided match?

    Thanks for any tips.
     
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    Don't wait til Monday. There should be plenty of decent players there this coming weekend. Not sure about this Friday (afternoon/evening), but perhaps. On Sat & Sun morning (starting at 10 am) and during the afternoon, the first 2 rounds of qualifying will be happening on court 1 and some of the back courts at the Taube Tennis Center. This is all free of charge.

    Many of the main draw players will also be booking some practice time on the back courts throughout the day. You might also catch some of them on court 1 early in the morning or late afternoon or the evening (after the qualifying play is done for the day).

    You might also catch some of the players on other tennis courts around the campus. Taube South Tennis Courts are across the street (Campus Drive) from the Taube Tennis Center. Some of the players might also be on the West Campus Tennis Courts -- on (West) Campus Drive at Electioneer Road. These courts are across the street from Golf Driving Range.

    During the week, starting on Monday, you might also be able to watch players practicing on some of the back courts at Taube Tennis Center free of charge. Not sure about this tho'.
     
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    I believe that there are some fixed Stanford cameras (no audio?) on six or more of the courts at the Taube Tennis Center. Will be interesting to see how many, if any, of these will be ON during the BOW Classic. Here are the links to those fixed cameras:

    http://www.gostanford.com/livestats/tennis/StanfordTennis.html

    The link designated as Court 1 should be the primary (stadium) match court. Court 2 and Court 3 will not be used for the BOW Classic (they will be covered by temporary seating for the tournament). Might be able to see some matches or practice sessions on some of the cameras for Courts 4, 5, or 6.
     
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    Try to obtain some additional video of Jankovic kicking Klahn's butt :twisted:
     
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    Best match are usually the quarters (Fri) and semi-finals (Sat) but the tickets should be cheaper for the 1st two rounds. Tues is USTA appreciation day -- 40-50% off on ticket prices for USTA members and a free lunch to boot (before 1pm?). If not yet a member, you can sign up at the tournament (the cost is worth it since it gets you a subscription to Tennis mag + more).

    Not gotten the court cameras at Stanford to work for me yet. Anyone else?
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    Thanks for the tips guys!
     
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    I'd like to know when Ivanovic will be playing her first match.
     
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    You better act quick: I checked ticket availability for Tues. and it looks like they are close to being sold out.

    I think the Tues. USTA discount only applies if you buy tix that day, and they may be gone by that time. Doesn't that suck?!? Maybe you can call in advance to see if you can get the USTA discount anyway.

     
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    I believe the schedule will be released on the 24th. Check bankofthewestclassic.com for most recent updates.

     
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    What is your source? I seriously doubt that tickets for Tues are close to being sold out. Perhaps certain sections or the Tues evening tickets might be close to selling out, but even this seems questionable. I've never seen the day matches sell out for Mon thru Thurs.
     
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    Yeah, it's the evening tickets which are almost sold out. Sharapova is playing. When you buy tickets online you check section by section and most sections are completely sold out by now.

    Also, I believe the discount is 30%; plus I didn't hear anything about a free lunch. Free meals are offered to volunteers however. The volunteer registration is now over.

     
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    ^ Not sure what the "*Special Ticket Required" is all about. That stuff might not have anything to do with USTA Member Appreciation Day at all.

    http://www.bankofthewestclassic.com/eventinfo/FAQ.htm

    Guess you are right about the discount. In the past it's been 40-50% but this year it is only 30% on Tues. All sessions on Mon, Wed, and possibly Thur (see link below) are discounted 20% for USTA members with their USTA card.

    Not seen any explicit mention of free eats. However, for the BOW Classic listing at the USTA site (link below), it posts 11am to 1:30pm for Tues which is exactly when the free food has been available for USTA members in the past.

    http://www.usta.com/Membership/MemberEvents

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    Rats! Still no luck with the camera links (see post #3). NE1 else?

    Made it over to Taube on Sat afternoon to watch some of the action. Lot of good tennis going on. Even the qualifiers were looking pretty good (particularly Mirjana Lucic and Mashona Washington).

    I spied a pretty decent player on one of the back courts who looked a whole lot like Dinara Safina (who I did not recall seeing on the tournament acceptance list). It turns out that it was Safina - she was put into the draw as a WC. Another player to receive a wild card entry is Ana Ivanovic (who I did not see). Both of these former #1 players will be playing singles matches during the Monday night session (not against each other tho').

    Wandered around a bit and discovered some other notable players. Yanina Wickmayer (hot!) was sparring with Marion Bartoli (who beat Venus in the 2009 finals). On the next court over, Elena Dementieva (#2 seed) was practicing with Victoria Azarenka (another WC). Went to the very back and saw Alexandra Stevenson taking an extended medical time out during a 2nd set qualifying match. Before I left for the afternoon, I saw #1 seed, Sam Stossur (who took out Serena last year in the quarters), warming up with a coach/hitting partner.

    Also saw several unidentified players hitting on the Taube South courts. On Sunday, I'm hoping to see the Marias (Sharapova and Kirilenko) . Should be a decent tournament (even w/o either of the Williams's). Not yet seen the doubles draw -- hope that Gisela Dulko and Cara Black have both entered.
     
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    If you missed it, both Ivanovic and Safina will be playing singles during the Monday night session. The day session will feature a doubles match pitting Kirilenko and Azarenko against Wickmayer and Hantuchova. This will be late in the afternoon (after a singles match that will have Stanford's Barte trying to hold her own against Cibulkova).

    bankofthewestclassic.com/matchupdatecalendar/2010_Bank_of_the_West_Classic.htm
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  16. Mike Cottrill

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    Did you see Jamie Hampton?
     
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    Dunno, might have. Was she playing the qualies?
    I did see this person tho':

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    Tekzilla

    She was chatting for quite a while with Sharapova after her (Maria's) practice session on Sunday afternoon. This local celeb then started hitting with Maria for while. She's a 3.0 at best (not Maria - she's at least a 4.5). Later in the afternoon, this person was hanging out and hitting with Ana Ivanovic (another 4.5+ player). Did not discover who she was til later.
     
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    I can´t believe there´s no working stream for Stanford until Friday.
     
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  19. Mike Cottrill

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    Yes, qualies
    Her game looks promising. I notice she lost today bad in the second set. I hope she did not get hurt.


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    Was disappointed to discover that neither Cara Black nor Gisela Dulko made it this year for the BOW doubles draw. (Still miss Patricia Tarabini as well - one of the most athletic, creative and entertaining doubles players of all time). However, Rennae Stubbs and Lisa Raymond put on a good show during their practice sesh on Sunday -- a great combination of power, placement, finesse and creativity. This was in stark contrast to the slugfest on the next court -- something that we see all too often with most singles players.

    Are you talking about the fixed court cameras at Taube or a TV broadcast of the BOW? Your source?
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    I live in Europe-Germany maybe that´s the rason why I can´t watch at Taube?
     
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    I live 20 km from Taube and can't see it on TV or the web either.
     
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    Just got back from the day session. Got a chance to see tons of players practicing and then caught a few matches as well. Davenport, Sharapova, Oudin, Kirilenko, Azarenka, Hantukova and local favorite Barte.

    Barte got overpowered by Cibulkova.



    Took some very short clips with the phone. Links below.

    Kirilenko and Azarenka practicing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4jAO7B6DC8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP8iOSFuEsE
     
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    i am going tomorrow,
    even with the website, i don't get it, the tickets sale is for court 1 only or court 6 too?
    don't know if i can ask that here but, when you buy a ticket in the 300 seating, if the 200 seating or better have lots of availability, can we just go down?
    is it considered cheating?
    wish i could get a response before i leave tomorrow.
    crispy, what kind of phone is that? the quality is impressive.
     
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    Camera policy at Bank of the West

    Hi,

    Does anyone know the policy on photo equipment at this tournament? I know some tournaments do not allow long zoom lens (which I was planning on trying to bring in) and I was wondering if the BOW had a similar policy.

    Thanks,

    Winston

    P.S. I have single tix (for free) that I'm willing to give away for Tues, Wednesday and Thur. if interested - no strings. I receive them as part of a sponsor package and don't need them.
     
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    The website court naming doesn't really makes sense. There is only one court you need tickets for....and that is the stadium court. Each day is divided into 2 sessions....Session 1 = day session. Session 2 equals night session.

    If you buy a ticket for day session, you can watch the 4 matches during session 1 (all on the same court in sequence). Night session has 2 matches - but usually the headliners...like Sharapova.

    You can also just watch the players practice for free. I saw more players practicing than I did match play....and I'd argue watching them practice is better than watching the match.

    When I went today - the seats were 80% EMPTY. Within your section, you can pretty much move about freely and no one will bother you. However, I don't think you'll be able to go from 300 to 200. They have people at the section entrances to check your ticket. IF you want to sit in 200...I suggest you buy a 200 ticket. There will probably be a lot more people there tomorrow, especially since it's the USTA discount day. *Important* The ticket agent told me that only the Gold seats (200 section) qualify for the USTA discount. Those are sideline seats so you will be turning your head a lot to watch the ball.

    Here's a suggestion....
    Section K is pretty much sold out, but a little known secret is that section E GREEN has really great baseline seats too for the same price as K GREEN. If you are willing to splurge a little, I think those are great seats. That's where I sat today and it was really close to the players. You can see / hear everything.

    Seat map at bottom
    http://www.bankofthewestclassic.com/eventtickets/Individual_Tickets.htm

    Took the videos with an iphone 3Gs.
     
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    Winston, I don't know the official policy, but here's what I saw today. On the free practice bleachers, some spectators has zoom lenses and another guy had a pretty large video camera setup.

    I didn't see any spectators with zoom lenses on the stadium court (except the photographers sitting courtside.
     
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    thanks for the quick reply,
    about moving around seat sections, that was my guess, i just wanted to make sure since i am not familiar with this tournament.

    i read somewhere no camera allowed, i was going to leave mine but if it's still allowed outside (practice courts...) i will take it with me.
    yeah, my phone doesn't have the quality of a 3GS ha ha.
     
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    winstoncho,
    i am very much interested in your P.S message, wanted to send you a more discrete message or email, but i am new to the forum so there are a lot of things that i don't know yet. what can i do or not in this forum....
    shall i just ask here or not...
    my email is: tronsimide@yahoo.com
     
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    You need a ticket to get access to court 1 (stadium court) and court 6 for the day sessions (no evening matches on court 6). However, there are no seat assignments for court 6 (first come, first served). Toward the end of the afternoon, you might be able to get into court 6 seating w/o a ticket. On Tues, during the day session, there will be four singles matches on court 1 and three singles plus two doubles on court 6 according to the published schedule (this is subject to change tho' if matches run too long on one of the courts).

    The court numbers are a bit confusing -- the numbers apply to how the Stanford team uses the courts. The main part of the stadium has 3 courts, but courts 2 & 3 are covered up by seats for the BOW Classic. Hence, court 1 is the stadium court for this tournament. The back courts, located NE of the stadium courts, are courts 4 thru 11. The only court number out of sequence is court 7 -- again, this is due to the way that the Stanford team uses the courts (and how the team scoreboard and court cameras are set up).

    I've been to BOW on Sat, Sun and Mon and have watched a lot more practice sessions than matches. I agree, they are very interesting. Most players do some dynamic stretching and footwork patterns. Many will do a bit of mini-tennis before they start the rest of their practice. I've seen some, like Ana Ivanovic, also playing some futbol-tennis before or after their tennis practice sessions.
     
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    Damn! That is purtty good quality for a phone camera. Court 4? Judging from the shadows, I'm assuming that this was late morning, no? Were you below the deck seating for these videos?

    Both Kirilenko (court 6) and Azarenko (court 1) will be playing singles on Tues afternoon. Also look for some good doubs on court 6 in the morning while Bartoli (defending champ) takes on Ashley Harkleroad on the main court.
     
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    It was late morning, probably around noon. I was on the deck sitting right on the railing. It's funny...cause I actually have a bunch of video with the same camera. This one came out really well...I had another of Sam Stosur but it came out all degraded when I uploaded it to youtube...so I deleted it.
     
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    To CrispyFritters

    Thanks for the info, re: cameras. I'm going tonight and gonna try bringing my 70-200 lens and a 85 as a backup in case they make me put it away. Gonna do the player meet and greet as well and I'll share some pics with everyone tomorrow.
     
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    yellow ball player - I tried e-mailing your yahoo address but it says unavailable. Try contacting me for the tix: winstoncho@aol.com

    You'll have to pick them up from my office near 101 and San Antonio Road if that works for you.
     
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    Did you get my email regarding a ticket for Thurs?
     
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    US Open National Playoffs - Women's Championships

    Something interesting is happening at the BOW Classic starting on Wed on court 11 at 11 - another tournament! It is the US Open National Playoffs - Women's Championships (a USTA event). The first round features the top seed, Alina (Alinka) Jidkova, who has played the BOW Classic previously but did not qualify this year. She's been an ITF/WTA player since '93 and peaked more than 5 years ago (#50 or so in doubles and singles)

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    This event is supposed to run thru to Aug 1st (I think that admission might be free)
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    Watched both the BOW and the US Open NP Championships yesterday. Jidkova was looking pretty good in the latter and won fairly easily. I chatted for a bit with one of the other entrants in those championships -- I believe it was Belinda Niu from Oregon. I had asked her if this playoff was for a berth at the US Open. She had indicated this this NP Championship was actually a pre-qualifying tournament for the US Open. It seems that all of the players represent various USTA sections. Many of the players are top junior players (15-18 yo) with a few ITF/WTA veterans like top-seed, Jidkova. I suspect that Alinka will play again on Fri (but Belinda may be out of contention).

    Both Marias (Kirilenko y Sharapova) will be playing during the day today at BOW.
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    thanks for trying to help, but my email did not seem to work.
    i still went to BOW anyway.

    BOW:
    great first time experience, will go again if still in CA.
    i was able to get seats near section K, good view.
    and yes, iit is sometimes even better to watch players practice.
    being able to see how they prep, train before or on game day..... very interesting.

    on the Microphone, i vaguely heard about seafood...couldn't catch the name of the restaurant or the place they were talking about so just ate what they had at the concession stands.

    must be tough for players with all the food smell. having concession near the courts is good for the consumer, maybe not so good for the players???

    after you are done with the tournament, take a walk and enjoy Stanford, that's a worldwide known university. kill 2 birds with 1 stone..

    ah, on my first day, saw japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm training, her technique is really really unorthodox...but will discuss in appropriate threads.

    how funny, some of us TT posters, we might have crossed path with each other without knowing it.

    the end...maybe next year BOW.
     
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    I understand cameras are not allowed, but can one take a camera to the player's practices?? I do see some practice pics and am wondering if it's OK or someone sneaked a few pics.
     
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    I've not been to any of the night matches this year but I have not seen the camera policy enforced at all during the day sessions -- and I've been at the day sessions every day since the qualies started on Sat. I've been taking in a backpack and that has not been a problem either -- perhaps it's different for the night sessions.

    Almost everyone and their dog has a camera phone. Many of us also have a small (dedicated) digital cameras or camcorder. I've not noticed anyone with a medium or larger camcorder tho'. However, I have seen quite a few ppl w/o press passes taking SLR cameras with medium long lenses into the stadium during the day sessions.
     
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    Quarterfinal matches for BOW on Fri. No matches on court 6 for Fri. However, courts 4 thru 9 (or 10) may be used for practice session and might still be viewable w/o buying ticket.

    The other tournament, the USO National Playoff Championships, is still happening on court 11 and it's still free of charge. Top seed, Alina Jidkova will be playing again at 11:00 am.


    Scott's Seafood is one of the tournament sponsors.

    http://www.ScottsSeafoodPA.com
     
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    In the two night sessions I have been to there have been huge lenses everywhere. The only thing that the umpire mentions is that flash is not permitted.

    In fact, since the night sessions I have attended featured Sharapova and Ivanovic, there were more cameras in general than I have ever seen at a tennis match! At Sharapova's opening round match Tuesday night, there was a guy in Section K with a massive, media-sized Canon that he put up on a tripod. He was well positioned behind Maria's butt. It was hilarious.

    Seriously though, kudos to Bank of the West organizers for their flexibility on this. It makes it alot more fun to be able to snap pictures of these amazing athletes.
     
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    This is the longest and most succesful thread I have ever made on TW!
     
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    Congrats! It looks like we just made it 2 posts longer.
     
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    ^ Also on ESPN2.

    Hey, anyone notice the Sharapova black mystery racket? Prince or Head?
     
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    Sharapova is definitely using a HEAD racquet. Look like the YT Radical Pro to me.
     
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    My buddy says that she's still carrying a Prince bag at BOW. I think it might be this:

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    However, the racquet she is using is definitely not the Prince exO3 Black pictured above. She may have used it for a short time prior to this tournament (not sure). And she is no longer using the SpeedPort Black either -- which she used for quite a while after coming back from her shoulder surgery.

    The narrower beam black racquet (with a narrow white grommet strip) she is using at BOW has no badges, no markings at all indicating who makes it or what model it is. No logo on the strings and no Head or Prince dampener on the strings -- just a simple rubber band instead. Don't think that there was anything on the butt cap either (but I could not really tell for sure).

    This appears to be a prototype racquet of some sort. Or perhaps it is a standard Head YouTek frame painted black so that it does not violate her sponsorship agreement with Prince. Will be interesting to see what she uses at the UP Open.
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  49. new_tennis_player

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    I've seen a lot of tennis this week at BOTW. Some tips to keep in mind:

    1a. if you are attending an evening session, dress for a winter night out. You will be outdoors and the temps will be low 50's. Plus, you will get that cold breeze coming through which will make it feel even chillier.

    1b. if you are attending a day session, wear sunscreen and cover up (sunglasses, wide brimmed hat or umbrella). I saw lots and lots of people who looked like roasted chickens enjoying massive UV damage to their skin, and possibly their eyes.

    2. the practice sessions are the most enjoyable to watch. They're all free to watch, and the girls hit with a reckless abandon that is difficult to convey with any fidelity through 2-D, low fi tv broadcasts.

    3. I haven't yet attempted to get an autograph or photo. However, people I've spoken to report the players are quite friendly; Sharapova seems to be relatively inaccessible however, as she jaunts in and out of the player's area to her waiting van pretty quickly without any interaction with the fans.

    4. bringing cameras and food is generally ok.

    5. the sightlines are good everywhere in the stadium. I believe they only sell 3900 seats maximum.

    Also, in the evening sessions, many patrons in the lower priced seats will help themselves to free "upgrades" by moving lower after the first match, or first set, or whenever there's a significant exodus of fans from seats.

    Moving to a better seat in sparsely attended sections along the baseline is also the norm.

    6. If you want to see tennis played with frightful abandon during the actual competition, Bartoli and Sharapova are the players to see. But the intensity level is high all the way through from practice until the final point, as evidenced by:

    1. racket throwing
    2. swing shrieking
    3. wailing on lost points
    4. plaintive sharper louder cries on lost sets
    5. lots and lots and lots of fist pumping's and "c'mon's!"

    The girls only make money when they win, and only get invited to tournaments in the first place if they have won previously. The single elimination format also ensures drama. The fans have a lot of fun with it, and generally find it quite amusing watching world class athletes have mini and major meltdowns all week long. Occasionally there are exceptional points and rallies.

    But in the main, expect a lot of crazy ball bashing by high strung athletes.

    edit: oh, and if you're attending on the weekends, try not to pick your nose during the match; ESPN and the Tennis Channel bring out those humongous cameras that can pick out the tiny details on each hair of your eyebrow, and they love to scan the crowd for embarrassing, impromptu moments. You have been warned.
     
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  50. SystemicAnomaly

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    Has anyone found the BOW doubles semi-finals (going on right now) broadcast on the web or on TV (sadly, I don't have access to the Tennis Channel)?


    Lot of great info in your post New TP.

    Was watching Kirilenko (drool) and others practicing today on the back courts. Late Friday afternoon (evening) my buddy was telling me how friendly Mary Carillo is -- says that she'll talk your ear off if given a chance. Shortly after he tells me this, he says, "there she is now".

    I saw a short-haired female walking across the campus away from the stadium by herself. She was some distance away & I was not sure if it was really her, so I yelled out, "Hey, Mary!" When she turned around I waved and she started jumping up & down a bit and waved both arms energetically -- (perhaps she had been drinking some of FRS energy drinks that they're passing out for free).
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