After a quick shower and cup of espresso we walked the mile to the tennis complex and loved that we could walk straight in with our passes as the lines for tickets were quite long (although nothing in comparison to Wimbledon). We have a weeks worth of tickets to all the sessions at the Hisense Arena so we were not in too much of a hurry today. However, once inside the stadium we were shown to our seats and my mouth just about dropped open. We have front row seats behind the service line complete with a cushion and our name on the seats! I was in shock for the first 30 minutes or so as they are just amazing seats plus Andy Murray is playing his first round match tomorrow morning on this court.
First up on Hisense today was Stan Wawrinka but we arrived at the arena just as his opponent Andrey Golubev was retiring. Next match up we watched Li Na win her first round pretty convincingly although her opponent, Ana Konjuh from Croatia, is only 16, (last years junior Aus and US open winner) and she has an amazing forehand so one to watch I would guess. After a quick break to grab a beer and ice-cream for David and a glass of pinot for me was Ana Ivanovic against Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands (patriotically in her orange outfit). Ivanovic looked like you could blow her over with a slight breeze she was so thin. In the post match interview she said that she had a new team that were changing her game and physical elements but she looked a little emancipated to us. Bertens had a medical timeout during the match due to heat fatigue. We are very lucky as our seats are in the shade of the roof and I cannot begin to imagine playing in this kind of heat.
The evening match was a local favorite, Jordan Thompson against Jerry Janowicz, but we decided to go and explore the outside courts instead. We walked around a little and sat and watched a few games but the heat was quite overwhelming and the temperatures are only getting warmer as the week goes on evidently. Mid week is expected to reach around 106 degrees so Im not sure how the poor players can possibly survive that kind of intensity as its hard enough just walking around in that kind of heat.
Here are a few photos from day two:
|Would recommend this wine to our fellow wine lovers|
|Our names are on the seats, cat with the cream look on my face!|
|First match, Li Na against Ana Konjuh|
|We are just so close to the action!|
|Second match was Ana Ivanovic|
|There are water stations around the park to refill your own bottles|
|An outside court, look at the empty seats!|
|Such a good idea, fans that spray water to cool you down|
Let me know if you see us on the tv coverage of any of the matches on this arena!