When it comes to buying tickets for any Grand Slam tennis event, I’ve always encouraged the curious to pull the trigger on the more affordable “week one” and “middle weekend” passes. If you’ve been paying attention to the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros, you know why.
David Goffin? – A lucky loser who rolled into the 4th round and took the first set off Roger Federer? Yeah, right.
#1 in the world stumbling in straight sets to the 15th seed Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round? Sure, and Serena Williams will lose in the FIRST round, won’t she? Wait, let me guess, Djokovic will nearly lose his 4th round match and be forced to play five grueling sets for nearly five-hours. Whatever!
Sveta takes down the 3-seed Agnieszka Radwanska, losing only three games; then gets bageled by Errani…who goes on to make the quarters in straight sets? Why you have to talk so crazy, girl?
Look – the Slams, for some reason, simply become more predictable as they slide into week-two…not to mention, there’s less tennis being played. If you’re a hard core fan, and desperately want to see your favorite player warm-up on an outer court; guarantee yourself the opportunity. Buy your tickets for week one. How do you think Vika fans who have tickets for tomorrow feel right now?
They say: “It’s the journey, not the destination.” Week one generates the amazing story-lines that we all hope will make it through to week-two (Goffin, Brain Baker over Malisse, the American ladies going undefeated in the first round, Mathieu over Isner (18-16) in the 5th!)…but quite often, those story-lines fade as week-two’s predictability rears it’s ugly head.
If that’s the destination…as a ticket holder, I’ll take the journey.