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 & Video: Connecticut Open Tennis Press Conference.

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This is a video I shot and edited for the Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Tournament staff held a press conference on-site to officially announce the August 2015 event and highlight the new changes coming to it. 

The video combines DSLR footage as well as GoPro footage mounted to my DJI Phantom 2 Drone. The aerial looks give the piece some variety in the b-roll footage accompanying the audio.

I also included a few quick stills from the press event, which featured former American tennis star, James Blake. 

It always feels good when you shoot both photo and video simultaneously and get equally good results. A great, productive day all-around! 

2015 BNP Paribas Open – Day 2.

Here is a gallery of all the action yesterday at the BNP Paribas Open. These are some selects from Kids Day, as well as the McEnroe Challenge for charity.

More to come!

Photos: 2015 BNP Paribas Open – Day 1.

I’ve returned to beautiful, sunny Palm Springs, California, where I’m here to shoot my third BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. After a long, tough winter in Boston, naturally I’m thrilled to be out here shooting tennis in the sunshine for a few weeks.

This is one of the best tournaments on tour, so I’m excited to get some really good photo and video coverage for the tournament website, social media channels, and marketing materials. 

I’m here a week before the tournament starts to cover several things happening, including the second annual John McEnroe Challenge for Charity, which brings former tennis stars and current players together for a night of exhibition matches to raise money for various charities. Last night was the draw ceremony and VIP reception for the event, so I’ve included a few pictures from that. John McEnroe was of course in the house, along with James Blake, Andy Roddick, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Rick Leach, Coco Vandeweghe, and others. 

I’ll be sure to post updates daily as the tournament goes on!

Photos: Connecticut Open Tennis – Day 7.

"Petra Kvitova hits a forehand during a match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova hits a forehand during a match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova reacts during a match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova reacts during a match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova appears on the ESPN television set alongside hosts Sam Gore and Renee Stubbs after defeating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova appears on the ESPN television set alongside hosts Sam Gore and Renee Stubbs after defeating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Andy Roddick and James Blake address the media in a press conference during the Men's Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Andy Roddick and James Blake address the media in a press conference during the Men’s Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"James Blake and Andy Roddick ride spin bikes for Yale New Haven Health during the Men's Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“James Blake and Andy Roddick ride spin bikes for Yale New Haven Health during the Men’s Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Andy Roddick laughs during the Men's Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Andy Roddick laughs during the Men’s Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Andy Roddick hits a backhand during the Men's Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Andy Roddick hits a backhand during the Men’s Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"James Blake poses for a selfie photograph with fans during the Men's Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“James Blake poses for a selfie photograph with fans during the Men’s Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Camila Giorgi serves during a match against Garbine Muguruza on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Camila Giorgi serves during a match against Garbine Muguruza on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Magdalena Rybarikova reacts after defeating Alison Riske on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Magdalena Rybarikova reacts after defeating Alison Riske on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Samantha Stosur hits a backhand during a match against Kirsten Flipkens on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Samantha Stosur hits a backhand during a match against Kirsten Flipkens on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

"Samantha Stosur reacts after defeating Kirsten Flipkens on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014."

“Samantha Stosur reacts after defeating Kirsten Flipkens on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014.”

Here’s a selection of photos from yesterday’s tennis action, as well as the Connecticut Open Legend’s Event with former stars Andy Roddick and James Blake. 

Photos: Connecticut Open Tennis – Day 6.

"Camila Giorgi hits a backhand during a match against Caroline Wozniacki on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014."

“Camila Giorgi hits a backhand during a match against Caroline Wozniacki on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014.”

"Caroline Wozniacki hits a forehand during a match against Camila Giorgi on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014."

“Caroline Wozniacki hits a forehand during a match against Camila Giorgi on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014.”

"Camila Giorgi reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014."

“Camila Giorgi reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014.”

"Andrea Petkovic reacts during a match against Kirsten Flipkens on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014."

“Andrea Petkovic reacts during a match against Kirsten Flipkens on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014.”

"Kirsten Flipkens reacts after defeating Andrea Petkovic on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014."

“Kirsten Flipkens reacts after defeating Andrea Petkovic on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014.”

"Andrea Petkovic and Kirsten Flipkens hug at net after Flipkens beat Petkovic in three sets on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014."

“Andrea Petkovic and Kirsten Flipkens hug at net after Flipkens beat Petkovic in three sets on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014.”

"Jim Courier and James Blake address the media during a press conference before the Men's Legends Event on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014."

“Jim Courier and James Blake address the media during a press conference before the Men’s Legends Event on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 19, 2014.”

"Jim Courier and James Blake ride spin bikes at the Yale New Haven Health booth during the Men's Legends Event on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 20, 2014."

“Jim Courier and James Blake ride spin bikes at the Yale New Haven Health booth during the Men’s Legends Event on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 20, 2014.”

"James Blake hits a forehand during the Men's Legends Event on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 20, 2014."

“James Blake hits a forehand during the Men’s Legends Event on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 20, 2014.”

"Fans wait for autographs after a match on stadium court on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014."

“Fans wait for autographs after a match on stadium court on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014.”

"Eugenie Bouchard walks through the tunnel onto stadium court before a match against Samantha Stosur on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014."

“Eugenie Bouchard walks through the tunnel onto stadium court before a match against Samantha Stosur on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014.”

"Samantha Stosur hits a backhand during a match against Eugenie Bouchard on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014."

“Samantha Stosur hits a backhand during a match against Eugenie Bouchard on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014.”

"Eugenie Bouchard reacts during a match against Samantha Stosur on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014."

“Eugenie Bouchard reacts during a match against Samantha Stosur on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014.”

"Samantha Stosur reacts after defeating Eugenie Bouchard on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014."

“Samantha Stosur reacts after defeating Eugenie Bouchard on day six of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2014.”

Here are some photos from a busy day yesterday at the Connecticut Open. 

Photos and Video: James Blake Gives Tennis Clinic in New Haven.

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"A girl smiles as she participates in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“A girl smiles as she participates in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Tournament Director Anne Worcester participates alongside kids in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Tournament Director Anne Worcester participates alongside kids in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake addresses the media during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake addresses the media during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake high fives a participant during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake high fives a participant during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake leads a drill during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake leads a drill during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake signs autographs during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut."

“Former professional tennis player James Blake signs autographs during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut.”

Today I headed to the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut to shoot the annual Free Tennis Lesson in advance of the upcoming New Haven Open tournament. 

This year, the guest was recently retired American pro, James Blake, who participated in a clinic with several hundred kids from local area schools. 
I was able to get lots of good footage and stills throughout the day, which I’ve posted here. The video is a quick recap package produced several hours after the event concluded, and the stills were used for the tournament’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. 
It’s always a pleasure to have such great access to athletes, especially when they are as gracious and well-spoken as James is.