2013 U.S. Open Tennis Championships

The first phase of my blog’s makeover is COMPLETE!

Welcome to A New York Love Affair 2.0.

I’ve been anxious to reveal the first phase of the makeover process … and I thought, is there really a better occassion for the unveiling than the U.S. Open Tennis matches?!

Didn’t think so! Hope you enjoy the changes so far :)


What I Wore

As a golfer my whole life, I am no stranger to the stereotypical “country club attire”. There is no shortage of polos and skorts in my wardrobe. But as I contemplated what to wear to my first professional tennis match, I was initially at a loss. I wanted to look preppy, but not pretentious … casual, but not sloppy … athletic, but not like I was trying too hard. I needed the perfect outfit, because you never know, I could be on TV, or the jumbotron …

In the end, I left all my ‘go-to’ country club attire in the closet, and went for my reliable chambray, white jeans, and of course (a preppy staple), my Sperry’s.

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The U.S. Open

Rush hour on the NYC subways is always chaotic. But the 7 train to Flushing, NY was exceptionally busy last night. Throngs of New Yorkers, myself included, flooded the subway cars en route to Queens. It was a brief 20 minute ride to the outer borough, and as my friend Kelly and I got off the subway we ascended onto a boardwalk lined with American flags. Welcome to the U.S. Open.


It was quite a spectacle. As we entered the stadium to find our seats, the sun was setting on the New York skyline, and the clouds set a whispy pink background for the first match. As I sat there soaking it all in, it made me fall in love with New York all over again.


With hats on our heads, and signature cocktails in our hands, the quarterfinal matches began. Up first were the ladies, Azarenka vs. Hantuchova, followed by the gents, Nadal against Robredo. We witnessed complete mastery by Azarenka and Nadal, both of whom trounced their opponents to advance to the semifinals.


Sure, we did all the things you would expect at a sporting event. We cheered, we laughed, we ooh’d and aah’d (and we even made it on the jumbotron!), but the experience was so much more than that. Our country’s national tennis championship, at an iconic stadium, in a city serving as the world’s largest stage, the electricity of the moment, the entire night, was indescribable. And for being just a 20 minute train ride, it might as well have been in my own backyard.

I guess this was my summer-ending backyard barbecue.


Shirt: Banana Republic (similar here)  //  Tank Top: Banana Republic (similar here)  //  Jeans: The Limited (similar here)  //  Shoes: Sperry (different color)  //  Bag: Michael Kors  //  Sunglasses: Banana Republic (different color)  //  Watch: Marc Jacobs  //  Bracelets: Lizzibeth and Juicy (love this)  //  Necklace: Etsy


  • Reply September 5, 2013


    Elena, this sounds like a great night!

  • Love the blog make-over AND this wonderfully descriptive post on the US Open! Great job Elena!!

  • Reply September 6, 2013


    Love the new site…and the U.S. Open Tennis Championship is on my bucket list!!

  • Reply January 3, 2014


    Great contribution love your blog, hopefully I’ll be back.

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