The Guys Who Stayed for Nadal

While most of the 23,000 fans who came to Arthur Ashe earlier Wednesday night were home and in bed by the time Rafael Nadal finally lost, these four men were among the small handful that remained.

“How about that 8am meeting!” said Steve, a 25-year-old accountant (second from left) from Murray Hill. Moments earlier he was jumping out of his seat doing the YMCA. It was 1:15 in the morning and he was not leaving. In fact, the topic was never raised.

“Maybe at 1:45 we’ll have that discussion,” said Steve.

In between points he was instant messaging a girl he knew. I asked all four if they would still be there if they had girlfriends.

“Absolutely,” they said together.

The Guys Who Stayed for Nadal