I put this in a reply to a post in the Pro Player section, and thought I'd air it out here too, in hopes of hearing some commisseration. Or at least to give others a realistic sense of what can happen. Back in mid-June I bought the Weekend holiday package for the express purpose of seeing Andre before he retired: night sessions for Sat., Sunday, and Monday. Thanks to Baggy's cramps, he survived to the first weekend. He was scheduled for Saturday night session. My plan was looking like genius. Friday I travelled from Minneapolis. And guess what -- tropical storm Ernesto, 100% chance of rain according to the forecasts. But we went out there anyway, an hour on the subway. And they were right. Saturday was a wash. Back into the city on the subway. Had plenty of beers in the city to tide me over. Got back to grounds Sunday morning at 10:30 (I stayed in Brooklyn with a friend) to swap the rained out session for Sunday day session -- they were all gone. Stood in line for over an hour, getting yelled at by a lady on a bullhorn to have my tickets out when I get to the front of the line. Finally got up near the windows -- about 20 people between me and the swap, and they announced all the Monday day sessions were gone. Everything after that was soured. I saw Andre's last moments on a TV from a diner near 59th and Lexington. All the other big names (people I wanted to see) were put on Sunday and Monday day session: Roddick, Safin, Nadal, Federer. Blake/Moya was good, but I'd seen Blake before. I saw Berdych/Tursanov in court 11, which is a great court, but Dmitry just swings and swings, whether or not it goes in. Plus, you go for a pee, a beer and something to eat, and your out of your seat for an hour with no guarantee to get back in. (Not to mention the prices.) There were lines for 15 minutes just to get in the men's room. Seeing Navratilova in the grandstand was fun. Other than that, I'm taking my $600 next year and getting a big TV and cable. All in all, I spent more time in the Subway than I did watching tennis. A big thumbs down for my first and probably last Open experience. P.S. The other thing I didn't mention was this. I don't subscribe to cable TV because it's not worth the cost, and I don't care to watch anything else. The advent of internet technology has been a boon, as I've been able to see streaming tennis from the Oz, and many European tourneys. But no one is streaming the USO in the U.S. They sold the rights for streaming to Europe, but they have protection. If you try to watch from an I.P. address in the U.S., you are told it's not available. All the more reason to go to the Open. So it was bitterly ironic being at Hewitt/Gasquet and hearing the announcment in Ashe that tonight's matches were being streaming through USOpen.org. What a treat for the fans! Ha!