2017 US OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTOS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017.

Here is a gallery from my third and final day of the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships. A big thanks to the USTA and the amazing photo team for including me. It’s an honor to be just a small part on a hard working, talented team like this one is.

I’ll be sad to miss the rest of the tennis, but excited to be back in Boston for a busy month of September!

2017 US OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTOS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017.

Here is a gallery from my second night at the 2017 US Open. 

2017 US Open Tennis Championships Photos: Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

I’m in New York City, where I’m back to shoot the US Open Tennis Championships for the first time since 2012. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve shot a lot of tennis between now and then, just not here at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Being here brings back the memories of the start to my photography career and work in tennis. I first worked at this tournament when I was just 19 years old. That’s scary.

Unfortunately, I’m only here for three days, as that’s what my schedule will allow, but I’m very thankful to the awesome US Open web and photography team for having me back. I plan to make the most of it during these three days! Last night was a good start, as Roger Federer outlasted up and comer Frances Tiafoe in a crazy five set match on Arthur Ashe. 

More today!

US Open Photography: Around the Grounds

"Fans observe the grounds from the top of Louis Armstrong Stadium at the US Open Saturday, September 3, 2011."

"Birds fly above the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the start of the night session at the US Open Saturday, September 3, 2011."

Here’s a few more “Around the Grounds” shots that I was assigned to. I’ve been really drawn to shadow and silhouettes so far, likely because I’m on call to shoot as the sun is setting.

If you’d like, you can check out my second and third galleries full of US Open scenery here and here.

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US Open Photography: Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Fans watch as Gael Monfils (FRA)(7) plays Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) in Louis Armstrong Stadium at the 2011 US Open Thursday, September 1, 2011."

"Roger Federer (SUI)(3) fans celebrate outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2011 US Open Thursday, September 1, 2011."

"The sun sets behind Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open Thursday, September 1, 2011."

Although I’m an editor, I’ve been assigned to shoot several galleries for usopen.org as well. These are usually “Around the Grounds” themed galleries, which give viewers something else to look at besides the players.

Here are a few from my first gallery, which is the one I’m most proud of so far. It’s organized as a walking tour of the grounds, beginning at the entrance and progressing to the tennis action on court. You can check out the full gallery here!

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USTA holds 2011 US Open benefit auction.

"Singer Tony Bennett signs a 200 pound bottle of champagne in the President's Suite in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open Saturday, August 27, 2011."

"Actor Alec Baldwin leads a charity auction on opening night of the US Open Saturday, August 27, 2011."

"Former professional tennis player Jim Courier attends the USTA Serves Night at the 2011 US Open Saturday, August 27, 2011."

I’m not exactly sure what I was doing at this event, but for some reason, I was there. One minute I was across the grounds sitting in front of a laptop editing photos. The next minute I’m told that we needed coverage of the USTA Serves charity auction event in the President’s Suite in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and that I was the one who’d need to cover it. 

Once I was allowed in, I found myself surrounded with the likes of Tony Bennett, Alec Baldwin, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Robin Roberts (the host of Good Morning America), and other actors, stars, and tennis royalty. It’s a good thing I was dressed for the occasion. I fit right in with my Nike sneakers, khaki shorts, and polo…

Anyway, I enjoyed it and learned a lot that night. You can click here to see my full gallery from the event. 

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