People Watching at the US Open

Many of you know I’m an avid tennis fan. Each year we attend the US Open. And now that we live in England, we’ve added the French Open. So far we’ve struck out getting tickets to Wimbledon, but I haven’t given up on that. Fingers crossed for next year. I know not everyone is a tennis fan. But trust me when I say going to these events is a wonderful experience. And if you like people watching, you’ll be in heaven. Here are some of the things you might see if you go. Scroll over the photos for descriptions.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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38 Responses to People Watching at the US Open

  1. Shopping, reading, cheering, even kitting – but no cake eating???

    • TBM says:

      There are desserts but I hardly get them there. Too bloody hot. I know you think I’m crazy. But beer tastes better on a hot day. Oh wait, they have ice cream. Next year I’ll snap photos of people eating ice cream.

  2. bulldog says:

    Hey these are great photos… and I saw no one eating Biltong…

  3. Carole says:

    Great people shots, TB! I hope you didn’t have to sit in the sun too much. The heat and humidity in Queens can be brutal.

  4. Vishy says:

    Nice pictures, TBM! I have been to watch tennis only a few times (I mostly watch only on TV), but it has always been fun when I did it. Hope you get to watch Wimbledon next year. And if you get to watch the Australian Open you would have completed a grand slam as a spectator 🙂

    • TBM says:

      The Australian Open is on our list. We just need to find the time to spend a month in the country since it’s so far away and then when we are there there’s so much to see. Maybe I should move there 🙂

  5. bocafrau says:

    Awesome. I love to people watch. I remember the one football game I ever went to and I didn’t pay any attention to the game because I was so fascinated by the people around me. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      That is easy to do. I find I pay more attention when I’m watching sports on TV, but I love going to the events since they are events. Football matches here are really interesting: so much singing and chanting.

  6. Novroz says:

    I have never been to a tennis match, it’s not my kind of sport (I would love to watch NBA live one day). Thosr are very interesting pics, watching people is really interesting

  7. FictionFan says:

    Watching the US Open on TV always leaves me wondering how good a view the paying punters really get in that huge stadium? It always looks as though they’re miles away from the court…

    • TBM says:

      My very first time there I sat in the top row and I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to see a thing. Luckily I was shocked and really enjoyed the seats. Now I’m much further down but from my experiences most of the seats are quite good. It looks much bigger one TV.

  8. westiedad says:

    Those tennis grand slams are great. I’ve been to the French twice, and Melbourne twice, and would love to get to the US. It will happen!

  9. Love your people watching at the Open! There really are some characters there. Was it you telling me that when you take the train back to the city you can tell at a glance who was at the Open and who was at Shea. 🙂
    Did you get to any of the smaller courts or did you stay at Ashe? I enjoy the outer courts (even Armstrong) because you can get so close to the players.

    • TBM says:

      Not sure I made that comment about the train. It’s easy to tell the different fans, but don’t remember saying that. Yep we hopped around to the different courts. We tried seeing some of the up and coming players: Stevens, Robson, Duval and a few others. I think my favorite court is Armstrong.

  10. elisaruland says:

    I am a HUGE tennis fan! Thanks for sharing your pics, I’m counting on you to show me a bit of Wimbledon…good luck getting tickets!

    • TBM says:

      Will do my best, but more than likely I’ll have to go stand in line one day and hope that I get in at a decent time to catch some of the action.

  11. Fergiemoto says:

    Great shots, TBM!! People watching can be quite entertaining.
    Hope you make it to Wimbledon someday.

  12. Rafa made me a tennis fan! I heard a commentator describe his style once as “devastating tennis.” Love it. Great images!

  13. The Guat says:

    I love watching the Grand Slams very cool. When I saw your people-watching post I started cracking up and remembered the Seinfeld episode where the cameras are people-watching and catch George Costanza eating ice cream. It’s great! Ahhhhhhhh… George.

  14. I’m a bit jealous that you got to do this. I love people watching the the US open would be such a great place to do it. Thanks for the inside view!

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