2014 U.S. Open Tennis Championships

September 12th, 2014  |  Published in Front Page, Noteworthy, Other Sports, Tennis  |  1 Comment

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/8/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Canon 1DX, 400mm f2.8 IS-L II

I’ve always loved everything about the U.S. Open, ever since the early ’80s when I was a kid growing up on Long Island. My brother and I would head out to Flushing Meadows, accompanied by our tennis instructor, to scalp some cheap general admission tickets–knowing full well that a $20 bill deftly palmed into the hand of an usher at Louis Armstrong Stadium would get us front-row seats in an otherwise-empty corporate box to catch an early-round Ivan Lendl, Martina Navratilova, Yannick Noah or Jimmy Connors match. From the the walk across the rickety old World’s Fair bridge to the tennis center, to the throngs of people strolling around in tennis outfits as if waiting to be suddenly called upon to jump in to a practice session, to the unbelievably overpriced concessions–some things just never change. But now 30 some-odd years later I’m back and I’m looking things at the Open with a different eye–one toward wandering around the outer courts late in the afternoon looking for fun shadows, toward waiting for the 15 minutes of perfect rim light or half-light (depending on where you shoot from) between 5 and 5:15 on Ashe, to working on my timing for different players, to noticing little things about body position during a service motion that will either make a picture work or convince me to try something else. I’m no longer going to watch, wide-eyed and admiring; I’m going to work, observant and calculating. But it’s still loads of fun and something I’m never going to pass up if given the opportunity.

Peng Shuai, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/5/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

A trainer approaches an injured Peng Shuai, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal. Leica M 240, Elmarit 21mm f2.8 Aspheric

Peng Shuai, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/5/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Peng Shuai retires due to injury during her 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal match against Caroline Wozniacki. Canon 1DX, EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS L-II

Roger Federer, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Quarterfinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/4/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Roger Federer, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Quarterfinal. Leica M 240, Summilux 35mm f1.4 Aspheric

Novak Djokovic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/6/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Novak Djokovic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Canon 1DX, EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS L-II

Kei Nishikori, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/6/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Kei Nishikori, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 L-II

Donna Vekic, U.S. Open Women

Donna Vekic, U.S. Open Women's Singles first round. Leica M 240, Summilux 75mm f1.4

Serena Williams, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Final. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/7/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Serena Williams, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Final. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 L-II

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Quarterfinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/4/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Quarterfinal. Leica M 240, Summilux 35mm f1.4 Aspheric

Serena Williams, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Final. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/7/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Serena Williams, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Final. Canon 1DX, EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS L-II

Line judge, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/5/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Line judge, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal. Leica M 240, Summilux 35mm f1.4 Aspheric

Roger Federer, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/6/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Roger Federer, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 L-II

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/6/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Canon 1DX, EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS L-II

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/8/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Canon 1DX, EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS L-II

Peng Shuai, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/5/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Serena Williams, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 L-II

Serena Williams during her 6-1, 6-2 semifinal victory over Ekaterina Makarova in the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open Tennis Championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. ©2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Serena Williams, 2014 U.S. Open Women's Semifinal. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 L-II

Roger Federer, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/6/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Roger Federer, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Semifinal. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 L-II

Gael Monfils, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Quarterfinal. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/4/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Gael Monfils, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Quarterfinal. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 L-II

Kei Nishikori, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/8/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Kei Nishikori, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Canon 1DX, EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS L-II

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/8/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 IS L-II

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/8/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 IS L-II

Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final, trophy presentation. Photographed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY, USA 9/8/2014. © 2014 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated)

Trophy presentation, 2014 U.S. Open Men's Final. Leica M 240, Elmarit 21mm f2.8 Aspheric

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