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Club Chaos Eye Candy: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

I love tennis but unfortunately I don't play very well (unless we're talking video games), which is why I do love to watch the sport and appreciate the precision, strategies and athletics involved in the activity. In anticipation of the upcoming events scheduled for August, I decided that today's turtle run would be around the tennis stadiums in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The US Tennis Association (USTA) hosts the US Open at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center every August in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The planes are re-routed not to fly over at that time, which is something that only a native New Yorker would notice. The absence of noise is always invigorating during a zen moment while enjoying a slow jog. If you stand at the gates of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, you can actually see a lovely view of the Unispere and the Court of States.  East of the Unisphere are the Soccer Fields where most kids run to play a pick up game after using the tennis courts, which  are open to the public throughout the year. There are indoor and outdoor courts and programs for adults, youths, and seniors. You can find out more information regarding events and available programs from the USTA website here.

Meanwhile, here is some eye candy from my turtle run. Enjoy!




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Comment balloon 8 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 13 2008 09:47AM


That is so cool!  It makes me want to hop on a plane!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) over 12 years ago

Yeah, if I wasn't so busy, I'd fly out there, too. I used to be a huge tennis fan and played it as well. I took lessons in Newport Beach when I first moved there in the early 1970s, and developed a wicked back hand. But, I gave my tennis racket to my niece about 10 years ago because I can no longer run around the court like I used to. Unlike watching golf on TV -- I don't know how anybody can watch televised golf -- tennis is always fast-paced and exciting. I remember hearing about Arthur Ashe Stadium but didn't connect it to you until this very moment! You've got a lot of cool stuff in Flushing!

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 12 years ago

I miss being able to play tennis!  No time and bad knees combine to keep me as a spectator, but I still love watching the matches.  The power behind some of those rackets is amazing...very cool pics, too!

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago

Melody, I know what you mean. Sometimes I feel like a tourist in my own backyard! There is so much to do and see here. New York City is on the move 24 hours a day. The City never sleeps!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Elizabeth and Melody, I hope when you ladies do eventually visit NYC I am here, and not visiting elsewhere, so I can personally show you my neck of the woods. I know all the great places to eat. I have a serious love of really good food.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Lisa, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. The power and skill displayed by the pros is amazing to watch up close and personal. The hush that falls over the crowd is almost like a silent scream. The anticipation is palpable. I love that feeling.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hi C...Several years ago my daughter-in-law took me to the U.S. Open. 

This August, my son, same daughter-in-law and their three children, and I are planning to come up from Virginia and will be there again.  It is quite an event. 

I'll give you a big wave.  Hey, maybe we can get the whole place to do the wave!


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 12 years ago

Hey Kate, wishing you and yours the very best and hope you enjoy your trip to New York. I agree, the U.S. Open is quite an event. 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

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