My favorite players I watched and/or interacted with?
Females: Coco Gauff, Leylah Fernandez, Sloane Stephens
Males: Denis Shapovalov, Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov
Top Matches I watched?
- Tsitispas vs. Murray
- Tsitsipas vs. Alcaraz
- Monfils vs. Johnson
- Johnson/Querrey vs. Arevalo/Middelkoop
- Fernandez vs. Svitolina
- Fernandez vs. Sabalanka
- Fernandez vs. Radacanu (finals match)
... So I watched a lot of Fernandez, but do you blame me!? She beat THREE top-5 seeded players!
Which player was I most star-struck over?
To be honest, being behind-the-scenes gave a whole different perspective of these athletes and made them easy to view as human beings over seeing them for just the absolutely impressive athletes that they are. While I think I may have passed out had I ever looked Roger, Rafa, or Serena in the eye, I really didn't fan girl too bad over these players.
The most star-struck I did get was on my way to clock out during the first week of qualifiers and running into Novak Djokavic for the first time as we were both entering the players' lobby of Ashe stadium. I wasn't necessarily expecting to see him that day let alone from within 10 feet away.
Food of choice?
Each day, we received credit for food to be used in the staff cafeteria or from the grounds' vendors. My most eaten items were: chicken caesar wraps, personal pizzas from Ashe Stadium, and the second best cookies I've ever had (doesn't beat MHS cookies of course... IYKYK). For those who don't know, my all-time favorite food is nachos. Luckily, my friend introduced to me to the nacho vendor on the very last day, so I got to enjoy some for the men's championship match. It's probably a good thing I didn't know about them earlier. 😋
A Moment I'll never forget?
Stepping onto Ashe court. Before the players arrived, our team got the opportunity to walk onto the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Having watched matches both in-person and on television in that stadium, made walking onto the court so surreal. That being said, I can't even imagine the pressure of playing for a packed house or the feeling of having an entire stadium cheer for or boo against me, and honestly, I'm completely okay with that.