PHOTOS: 2016 CONNECTICUT OPEN TENNIS – DAY 7.

Here are photos from my final day of the 2016 Connecticut Open. The day concluded with the men’s legends event, which featured Connecticut local and former top 10 player, James Blake, and John McEnroe. It’s always great to work with these guys. 

Now I’m back in Boston for more Red Sox baseball. I’m sad to be missing the final weekend in New Haven, but had a great time shooting for a great team full of very talented, hardworking individuals.

Until next time.

PHOTOS: 2016 CONNECTICUT OPEN TENNIS – DAY 6.

Here are some images from Day 6 at the Connecticut Open. Not a lot of time to post today!

PHOTOS: 2016 CONNECTICUT OPEN TENNIS – DAY 5.

Here are photos from Day 5 of the Connecticut Open yesterday. 

PHOTOS: 2016 CONNECTICUT OPEN TENNIS – DAY 4.

Not a lot of time to post, but here are the highlights from Day 4 at the Connecticut Open. 

PHOTOS: 2016 CONNECTICUT OPEN TENNIS – DAY 3.

Another busy one today at the Connecticut Open! Today, the top seeded players met the media for All-Access hour, and the main draw began on Stadium Court. I’ve still got a ton of matches to shoot happening at the same time, but tomorrow should level out. 

PHOTOS: 2016 CONNECTICUT OPEN TENNIS – DAY 2.

Not a lot of opportunities to make art today. With 21 matches to cover over six courts, it was all about efficiency and checking shots off the list. These are about as stock as it gets when it comes to tennis. It was a good day though!

Photos: 2016 Connecticut Open Tennis – Day 1.

I’m here in New Haven, Connecticut for the next six days to shoot the Connecticut Open WTA tennis tournament at the Yale University Tennis Center. I’ve shot this tournament several times now, so it’s all familiar territory for me. It’s nice to have a bit of variety in the middle of the baseball season while the Red Sox are away. 

I’m easing in to it today. These are just a few photos of the draw ceremony with Canadian player, Eugenie Bouchard, and some quick action from qualifying rounds. 

More to come over the next few days. 

Photos: Tom Petty, Steve Winwood Concert at Fenway Park.

"Steve Winwood performs as the opening act at a concert featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Steve Winwood performs as the opening act at a concert featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Steve Winwood performs as the opening act at a concert featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Steve Winwood performs as the opening act at a concert featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Fans watch as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Fans watch as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Fans watch as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Fans watch as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Fans watch as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Fans watch as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

"Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014."

“Tom Petty performs during a concert with Steve Winwood at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 30, 2014.”

We’re very lucky at Fenway Park to host several high profile concerts every year. I was sad to have missed the Zac Brown Band and Billy Joel concerts here earlier this summer, but got the chance to shoot Steve Winwood and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers last week. 

I’m a Tom Petty fan, and I saw this exact same show several years ago with friends, but working and having front row access this time around made the experience much more exhilarating. Being just a few feet away from Tom Petty as he sung ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’ is a moment I’ll never forget. 

Here are my favorite photos from the two performances, as well as a few atmospheric shots of the park. 

Photos: Connecticut Open Tennis – Day 9.

"Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa celebrate after winning the doubles finals against  Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa celebrate after winning the doubles finals against Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa pose for a photograph with the trophies during a ceremony after the doubles final against Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa pose for a photograph with the trophies during a ceremony after the doubles final against Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"The Connecticut Open Singles Champion trophy is shown on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“The Connecticut Open Singles Champion trophy is shown on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova walks out of the the tunnel before being introduced during the singles final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova walks out of the the tunnel before being introduced during the singles final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova serves during the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova serves during the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova reacts after match point to win the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova reacts after match point to win the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova and Magdalena Rybarikova kiss at net after the singles final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova and Magdalena Rybarikova kiss at net after the singles final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova hugs coach David Kotyza after match point to win the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova hugs coach David Kotyza after match point to win the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Singles Champion Petra Kvitova kisses the champion's trophy during a ceremony following the Singles Final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Singles Champion Petra Kvitova kisses the champion’s trophy during a ceremony following the Singles Final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

Here are the last images of an exciting week of tennis at the Connecticut Open at Yale University. Petra Kvitova continued her domination in New Haven, winning her second title in three finals appearances here. 

It’s always interesting to think about these tournaments after they’re complete. Each one has it’s own personality, quirks, and characters, and they’re all so different from each other. This one has a small tournament feel but with the star power and excitement of a bigger tournament, which I think is quite a nice balance. 

From a photo standpoint, it was essentially nonstop shooting for me over the last nine days. By now, I’ve learned that as the official tournament photographer, success is just as much about time management and good planning each day as it is about taking good pictures. It’s a responsibility that can be hectic at times, but one that I enjoy immensely. 

As usual, the experience is only as good as the people you work with, and I’m grateful to have such great people to partner with. Our web and digital team of Matt Van Tuinen, Stephen Villatoro, Nick McCarvel, Lauren Foley, and Craig Gabriel is among the best in the business. I’m also thankful to tournament director Anne Worcester and the rest of the tournament staff for their efforts and for giving me the opportunity to shoot. 

Now I’m back in Boston to finish out the 2014 Red Sox season. It goes on!

Photos: Connecticut Open Tennis – Day 8.

"Magdalena Rybarikova looks on before the semi-final match against Camila Giorgi on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Magdalena Rybarikova looks on before the semi-final match against Camila Giorgi on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

"Camila Giorgi looks on before the semi-final match against Magdalena Rybarikova on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Camila Giorgi looks on before the semi-final match against Magdalena Rybarikova on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

"Camila Giorgi hits a backhand during the semi-final match against Magdalena Rybarikova on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Camila Giorgi hits a backhand during the semi-final match against Magdalena Rybarikova on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

"Magdalena Rybarikova reacts during the semi-final match against Camila Giorgi on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Magdalena Rybarikova reacts during the semi-final match against Camila Giorgi on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

"Magdalena Rybarikova hits a forehand during the semi-final match against Camila Giorgi on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Magdalena Rybarikova hits a forehand during the semi-final match against Camila Giorgi on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

"Magdalena Rybarikova reacts after defeating Camila Giorgi in the semi-finals on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Magdalena Rybarikova reacts after defeating Camila Giorgi in the semi-finals on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

"Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja hug after winning the women's doubles semi-finals against Monica Niculescu and Caroline Garcia on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja hug after winning the women’s doubles semi-finals against Monica Niculescu and Caroline Garcia on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova looks on from the tunnel before the semi-final match against Samantha Stosur on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova looks on from the tunnel before the semi-final match against Samantha Stosur on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova hits a forehand during the semi-final match against Samantha Stosur on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova hits a forehand during the semi-final match against Samantha Stosur on day eight of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 22, 2014.”

We’re winding down here in New Haven. Here are a few selects from yesterday’s semi-finals action. Last day today!