Watching People Watching Nadal

  • rsz rafabag Watching People Watching NadalThere wasn’t much to watch during Rafael Nadal’s first-round match on Ashe yesterday, as he looked just fine during his first-round win, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, over coke-kisser Richard Gasquet (who, strangely, didn’t want the ballboys to hold an umbrella over him during the changeovers). Next to us in the third row, a 5-year-old in crisp white polo and khaki shorts nudged his father and looked up: “Dad, are those the nosebleed seats?”

    We decided to take a walk around the stadium. Here’s a slideshow of what we saw.

  • The official U.S. Open umbrella retails for $46, but the real status symbol is one from Roland Garros.

  • A prime example of what our favorite novelist, Katherine Taylor, calls a "stereotypical tennis club brat" took it upon himself to stand in front of us. Thanks!

  • We've never seen a more exuberant response to "Walking on Sunshine."

  • Brad Gilbert, offering color commentary from courtside, seemed to be having problems with his microphone.