Friday, July 26, 2013

BB&T Atlanta Open 2013 - pictures/video of Thursday, July 25

It was another beautiful rain-free day at the tennis tournament; Ryan Harrison and James Blake advanced easily in straight sets against unfamiliar opponents while top seeds John Isner and Kevin Anderson struggled to three set victories.  My trusty scorekeeping partner and I were in the booth for the first two matches on Stadium Court, before the evening slate which included the former UGA star against Harrison's younger brother Christian.  Here are some pictures and video of the day's action:

Harrison leaves the ground to hit a backhand return against Sijsling
Harrison hits a running forehand to set up a miss by his opponent
Sijsling's shot is long, and Harrison wins the point
Harrison shakes hands with his heat wearied opponent
After Harrison won his match 6-4, 6-3, it was James Blake's turn to take the court.
video
The view was spectacular:
The sponsor's building looms over the Stadium Court
James lets his signature forehand fly
But he wins matches when his backhand is consistent
Blake beat his Russian opponent Donskoy 6-3, 6-2 in plenty of time for the evening's agenda, which included Military Appreciation Night, starting promptly at 7 PM (on schedule for the first time all week). Here was the view over Kennesaw Mountain on my way home last night:
more of God's Glory

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