THE SONY OPEN, OR WAITING FOR ROGER (WITH UPDATE)
Today I went to the Sony Open tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, because (a) it's a great way to spend the day, and (b) it's basically the only chance I have to see Mrs. Blog, who's the Miami Herald's tennis writer. Here's the stadium court, starting to fill up for the day. If you look closely, you can see two people in shorts whacking the ball back and forth, which is the very essence of tennis.
As you can probably tell by viewing this photo with a microscope, the particular match was between "Stanislas" (on the left) (or the right) and "Warwinka." The final score was approximately 6-9, 7-16, $43.57, 3.14159265359 (I do not totally understand tennis scoring).
But a lot of the action is on the outskirts of the tournament. Mrs. Blog and I wandered over to one of the practice courts, where we encountered a large crowd that was convinced Roger Federer (Roger Federer!) was going to come there to practice. This rumor -- Roger is coming! -- circulated constantly, drawing more and more people; the crowd filled the grandstands and crowded along the fence clutching cameras, giant tennis balls and Sharpies, hoping an autograph from Roger. (Roger!)
Mrs. Blog and I stood there for 40 minutes waiting for Roger, and despite the heat and humidity and occasional wafting b.o. fumes it was totally worth the wait, because finally, some people came around the corner, and sure enough, none of them was Roger. (Roger!)
These people went on to the court and commenced whacking the ball. Meanwhile the crowd, sensing that Roger (Roger!) was not coming, streamed out.
We wandered over to another court, where a player named Marcos Baghdatis had just finished practicing and was signing autographs for fans, of whom there were not that many because, for all his talent, he is not Roger (Roger!).
There are many things to do here aside from watch tennis. You can eat and drink, for example.
Also you can shop and visit booths providing information on various things such as Thailand.
To be honest, I don't know why Thailand set up a booth here. Maybe they heard Roger (Roger!) was in the area.
I did see a couple of disturbing things at the Sony Open. For one thing, there appears to be rampant gender discrimination.
I think the politically correct term is "Persons of Ball."
Also apparently the Russians have invaded Key Biscayne.
But other than that, it's a wonderful event. (Roger!)
After I wrote this report, we encountered some fans wearing the Miami version of sensible footwear:
After I left, Mrs. Blog was walking back to the media center. As she passed the player parking lot, she saw a small knot of very excited fans. Guess who was there, graciously posing for selfies: