Google to the rescue:Why the courts are black?
Thanks for the story--maybe they need to combine it with a wine auction.
i was there last night. thought the same thing. reasons, to me, why no one attends:I was watching the NYO the other night and was wondering how they afford to pay the players and for the overall cost of the event when no one buys tickets? Are the sponsors solely backing the event? What sponsors would want to affiliate when no one attends and maybe a thousand people are watching at home with the tennis channel being the only real way to do it conveniently?
but that old guy had an arm! musta been a 3rd baseman in his youth.I saw a 65 year old man being the ball boy for the Opelka - Mannarino match.
Mannarino was making the old guy run and walk up to him. Looked cruel. They are not able to get kids from the school who play tennis to take a week off for this ?
HEAR!, HEAR!If you live on LI or Queens and have a car the coliseum is easy to get to. Box office has no line and concessions are reasonable. The whole thing was easier than going to a movie and about the same price.
If you’re in this board and live in the area, you should have gone.
We get it. You're promoting the event for whatever reason but it's not sustainable and unless you're ultra sarcastic I am in awe of how you're trying to make this event seem worthwhile.Attended the NY Open today.
This was an amazingly convenient venue,
and INFINITELY more enjoyable than the US Open.
1) Travel is cake. Easier parking.
No lines. No city traffic jams. No nothing.
No waiting for crowded subways.
Just pull up into the huge vacant parking lot, and walk 20 feet to the front door of the stadium.
Forgot something in the car? Just walk outside and grab it in 30 seconds.
2) No crowds. No lines. No security BS. No nothing.
3) Great seats. No jockeying for bleacher seats.
You don't lose your seat if you get up.
Sit anywhere you want.
I had an entire section of the stadium all to myself.
4) Great view of 2 courts at the same time.
No twisting your neck.
5) Amazing quality tennis on display.
Top 200 is an amazing level of tennis.
6) Venue is immaculate.
Everything seems new.
You can eat off the floors.
7) Dirt cheap. For $20, this was a steal.
US Open is like triple the price.
8) Best of all? The weather!
No oppressive US Open heat, sun, humidity.
I always leave the US Open after baking in the sun for 3 hours.
NY Open was nice and cool, indoors, with perfect lighting.
What a great experience.
So relaxing and enjoyable.
What a great way to get some tennis fix in the middle of winter.
I am absolutely heading back later this week
to see Isner, Tiafoe, Millman, and Rubin, MackMcD.
"god" has spoken--Don't include me in your royal "WE"--this goes under the heading of "Let no good deed go unpunished'. Time To Play Sets, takes time and effort to compose a well thought out review AND some guy comes out of left field dismissing it in two lines. BGod has to have a pretty huge ego to use that blasphemous web-name--but, maybe it is really G-d and he had a bad day on the courts or it was too rainy to play--I'll take it up with Al Gore since he controls the climate down here. It's due to clowns like bg, that I have moved the short-cut to this site, right next to the trash bucket, tiring of toiling to educate those who don't want to be educated for free--it's probably best to not wise them up--make them pay for it.We get it. You're promoting the event for whatever reason but it's not sustainable and unless you're ultra sarcastic I am in awe of how you're trying to make this event seem worthwhile.
LOL, thanks the thumbs up, but it's all good.Time To Play Sets, takes time and effort to compose a well thought out review AND some guy comes out of left field dismissing it in two lines. Well, Time to Play Sets, I appreciated your well thought out review, as I'm sure 99% of the other reading it did too! Don't let the a-holes get you down.
I think NYTA made the mistake of going on a Friday night.Really? everyone seems to be saying transportation takes at least an hour.
That's precisely why this tournament is such a pleasure treasure,1) People who live in Manhattan hate going to Long Island. It's a royal pain and takes forever.
2) No one is flying into NYC to see this 250 tournament and then they have to commute to Long Island? - forget it.
3) A tournament in a big city should be easily accessible..................like when the year end championships used to be at Madison Sq Garden.
4) Long Island isn't NYC it might as well be Des Moines Iowa.
All 3 clubs I play at have an internal singles ladder league.I haven't seen a club ladder in ages--if your're the best player at your club, you're probably largely ignored--or have to sand-bag to play on a team.
So, how does it help your team by watching some of the best players on the planet playing in your hood? Did any team-captain in the NYC environs say to their team, "Hey, let's all pile into the Dinali, Rangerover or the Cayenne, and go out to Long Island, and watch some of the best players, especially the many Americans, play tennis and see what we can learn from them!"
I see I see, thanks. 48 minutes is a bit of a hike for the movies but I could certainly manage it for some tennis.LOL, thanks the thumbs up, but it's all good.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
I am known to have very unpopular opinions here.
I think NYTA made the mistake of going on a Friday night.
Literally the worst session to attend, with respect to driving.
I went tonight Saturday, and it took me 48 mins. to drive there, and NYTA lives closer than I do.
It took me 42 mins. to get home.
I also parked at the Marriott, and avoided the $15 parking fee. LOL
I think tennis has been dying a long slow death ever since the Borg and Mac era ended.There used to a tournament in Long Island the week before the USO and it got great crowds, so I'm not sure I buy the location as a reason for lack of interest in NY Open. Mac, Edberg, Lendl, Chang regularly played it. Rafter won it before winning USO in '98.
The Memphis Open was founded in 1976, but ran into financial problems in recent years. Top players, in large part, began to avoid the event, which featured stars such as Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe in its heyday. Attendance then began to sag, and the tournament failed to find a title sponsor.
Yup! They pack the place for ice hockey--sounds like a lack of marketing due to the sponsors picking up the tab--but, I can tell you sponsors like to see butts in the seats. And, the top 100 players deserve to have some people watching them breaking their asses. My guess is the tournament was not promoted over the media, TV, radio, papers nor to the tennis community--going to the clubs and giving out some tix to club pros who could spread the word. The gate is probably not a big revenue generator--but you want an audience!...I'm not sure I buy the location as a reason for lack of interest in NY Open.
It's not the inaugural event. It was in NY last year, too, just not at Nassau Coliseum. Memphis lost it's sponsorship, so it had to go somewhere.The inaugural NYO has been absolutely poor in getting people to actually go watch the live matches. Yes, it's the early rounds of a 250 tournament, but even in Isner's and Nishikori's matches on the main stadium, there were few in attendance. A sea of empty seats with two or three people here or there. Not to mention that they also sealed off the top balconies. Might as well not even relocating it from Memphis. So what is it? Lack of big-name stars, promotions, ticket prices, location, etc.?
Also, why are all the ball boys/girls wearing XXL-sized shirts???
This was another awesome match.Schnur is playing great but Opelka's serve is gonna be almost impossible to break.
You know my #1 take away from this week at the NY Open watching ATP 250 ?So, how does it help your team by watching some of the best players on the planet playing in your hood? Did any team-captain in the NYC environs say to their team, "Hey, let's all pile into the Dinali, Rangerover or the Cayenne, and go out to Long Island, and watch some of the best players, especially the many Americans, play tennis and see what we can learn from them!"