Photos: 2012 US Open – Day 9.

“Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[1] celebrates after defeating Samantha Stosur (AUS)[7] in a tie breaker 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(5) in quarterfinal action at the US Open Tuesday, September 4, 2012.”

“Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[19] serves to Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[8] on Day 9 of the US Open Tuesday, September 4, 2012.”

Richard Gasquet (FRA)[13] hits a volley against David Ferrer (ESP)[14] on Day 9 of the US Open Tuesday, September 4, 2012.”

“Olympic Gold Medal sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross speaks with guests at the ICON Awards Ceremony Tuesday, September 4, 2012.”

“Former University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Pat Summitt attends the ICON Awards Tuesday, September 4, 2012.”

“Former University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Pat Summitt poses with Billie Jean King at the ICON Awards Tuesday, September 4, 2012.”

“A ball boy watches a point on court in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Day 9 of the US Open Tuesday, September 4, 2012.”

“A Rubber Ducky delivers a press conference during a rain delay on Day 9 of the US Open Tuesday, September 4, 2012.”

Despite rain delaying play throughout the day, I still found myself quite busy on Day 9. I shot a really pleasant mix of tennis, features, and events happening around the grounds.

Besides shooting pictures of our rubber ducky for our rubber ducky rain photo gallery, my highlight had to be shooting the 2012 ICON Awards ceremony, during which former University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Pat Summitt was honored. I have to say it was pretty neat to be up close with one of the best coaches of all time. Here is a gallery with the rest of my photos from the ceremony.

I also got some nice action and player reaction today, including the above shot of Victoria Azarenka celebrating after her three set win over Samantha Stosur in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Here are our photo galleries from the day. 

Day 10 tomorrow!

US Open Time!

"Novak Djokovic prepares to hit a forehand in the first set of a match against Rafel Nadal during the BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs, California Thursday, March 18, 2010."

*In lieu of the so-called “Bolt” Bus arriving in Baltimore an hour late, and the so-called “Free Wi-Fi” they advertise not working at all, I’m posting what I wrote during that ride now that I’m settled here in New York.* 

I’m currently on Interstate 95 en route to 33rd and 7th Ave. in New York City, where I’ll be for the next three weeks. I was hired as a Seasonal Photo Editor for the usopen.org media team for this year’s US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York!

I’ll have a better idea of what exactly it is I’ll be doing after tomorrow’s orientation, but I know that I’ll be editing, correcting and keywording images shot by the US Open team of photographers. I’ll also be writing captions, creating galleries, and updating the tournament website every day.

I really don’t know what to expect. I’ve never been to this tournament before, I’m not familiar with the tennis media world, and I’ve been surrounded by nothing but baseball for the past several months. I also don’t know what I’ll be able to post on this blog throughout the tournament, if anything at all.

As you can see, I don’t know much at all. The only thing I’m absolutely sure of is that I’m ridiculously excited. This will be a great opportunity to make new connections, get more professional experience under my belt, and add to my portfolio. It’ll also be interesting to compare the professional tennis world to the more familiar world of professional baseball.

Here’s a frame I shot last year in California of world number one ranked Novak Djokovic, who I predict will be this year’s champion.

My work starts bright and early tomorrow morning, so, here we go!

*Don’t forget to vote for “Billie with an I.E.” for Baltimore’s Most Valuable Blog! You can vote once per day per computer or smartphone until September 9, 2011. Click here to vote! Thank you so much for your readership!*