At least in the early going, The Samurai is not present for Sam Querrey’s early afternoon fourth round match. Querrey is on serve with Stanislas Wawrinka in the first set, and there are a few thousand people at Ashe right now. It is quiet. Querrey complained earlier this week that he hadn’t had a chance to play on Ashe. I suspect he wishes he were on Armstrong right now–at least a half-filled Armstrong feels louder than a very empty Arthur Ashe.
The Samurai, Querrey’s version of the J-Block, hasn’t been present for the Open. We spoke to a member of the Samurai, who said, “The fact of the matter is that we are all growing up, and have busy schedules, whether we have real jobs, or are moving on to law school, like myself. When one or two of us are in attendance, we don’t paint up, we just watch like normal fans. That is the case right now.”
The gray-haired Samurai! If Murray wins this match and advances to the Quarters, we have a feeling they may return.
UPDATE: There won’t be a chance for The Samurai to return. Querrey lost in 4 hours and 28 minutes to Wawrinka this afternoon in a five set match. He was only 3 of 15 on break point chances.