Night 6 at the 2014 US Open

So after yesterday’s post about celebration, all of the players seemed to have gotten that memo. Or a more reasonable explanation is that we are almost half way through the tournament and each match matters more and more. I could have done a similar repeat of my emotion post, with only Nick Kyrgios and all of his looks. He’s 19 and the young players are less composed than the veterans. Now some of the celebration pictures just couldn’t be excluded, so there are a few in here.

However, I’ll continue to include different types of images that I shoot to show you some of the variety of images I look for. I try to keep my eye on the fans to see what people are doing in the stands as well as different looks at the players. The first and last picture of this post are of Genie Bouchard and some of the details that I find interesting.

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USOpen.org - Isner vs Kohlschreiber

USOpen.org - Bouchard vs Zahlavova Strycova

USOpen.org - Robredo vs Kyrgios

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Night 5 at the 2014 US Open

So tonight was a big night! 5 time US Open Champion Roger Federer was taking on the massive Sam Groth. And then there was Sabine Lisicki taking on Maria Sharapova. This was quite a matchup, and despite it’s lopsided score for Sharapova, it was quite interesting. The first set was pretty standard, but Sabine fought hard in the second set. The match got to a point where both players were fully committed mentally, physically and best of all, emotionally.

I love getting the jubilation shot, because those are the moments that show the player’s true feelings. It’s when all of their game composure can go out the window and they just let loose. Tonight, Sharapova and Lisicki let it all out. There was a lot of screaming (in celebration, in addition to on court during points), fist pumping, crouching down and even eye rolling. It got to a point where each point was heavily celebrated, one after another, back and forth between the two. There are even matching photos of them screaming, fist pumping and crouching down below the height of the net. Awesome!

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USOpen.org - Night on Ashe

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Night 4 at the 2014 US Open

Tonight featured two second round matches: Andy Murray taking on Matthias Bachinger and Eugenie Bouchard versus Sorana Cirstea. This was my first time seeing Andy Murray this year, and that always means readjusting to each players tendencies to get the timing for the photos the way I envision them. As for Eugenie Bouchard, I don’t distinctly remember photographing her before and so this was somewhat of a new experience. It’s always fun getting to know a new player, their personalities on the court and the details of their game.

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Night action on Ashe

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Night 3 at the 2014 US Open

Tonight Venus Williams showed the US that she’s back with force in women’s tennis, and Stan the Man Wawrinka fought off the tall, big hitting Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. Venus cruised to an easy 6-1, 6-4 win over Timea Bacsinzky. The match had it’s tough games and Timea showed some game but to no avail. Bellucci showed a lot of promise with a big serve and a blistering forehand (as is evidenced by the photo of him putting every bit of power into that shot) but Stan’s consistency and shot making took the big man down.

It was more standard night of matches and that can lead to some lackadaisical shooting, but I tried to continue finding cleaner backgrounds, different angles and more poignant moments. My favorite is the Venus serving photo, obviously since it’s at the top. The ball is about to roll off the tip of her finger and she’s so focused on its every movement. Hope you like it as much as I do!   

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Evening on Ashe

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Night 2 at the 2014 US Open

Well, even with the Federer game, I still had to shoot a couple other matches and kind of a nice variety, so Night 2 gets a regular post in addition to the Federer Special.

All of the players showed emotions tonight, of several varieties. Taylor Townsend battled against the powerful Serena Williams, and despite the hard work, showed a smile with a little tongue (albeit after missing a shot). Serena showed her vocal strength in her celebrations as much as her physical dominance over Taylor. And Marinko Matosevic found the joy in each point that he won, celebrating a particularly impressive one against Roger Federer. The matches were pretty quick, but still exciting!

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Evening on Ashe

The action continues into the night

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Night 2 at the 2014 US Open: The Federer Special Post

So tonight I had the pleasure of photographing the great Roger Federer again, and watching his body movement and footwork is just impeccable. It’s as beautiful and majestic to watch as a ballet dancer. And when one watches a Federer match, you always hope to see some magical shots. Tonight I was so fortunate. While photographing his first round match he got lobbed he turned around toward the baseline in a full sprint. We all know what’s coming next…tweener! And all I could think was “keep it in focus and don’t cut off his limbs.” Boom. I captured one of my all time favorite US Open pictures and I’ll treasure this one forever. And then I edited the rest of my shoot and there several other nice, clean Federer photos that on any other day I would be stoked to have gotten. But today they are relegated to second tier.

[EDIT: I did find out after the fact that the lob shot by Marinko Matosevic was out of bounds and the point was over, hence the fact that he is turned around in the photo. Federer’s tweener wouldn’t have counted either way, but I’ll take the opportunity nonetheless. Thanks Fed.]

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Evening on Ashe

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Night 1 at the 2014 US Open

It’s exciting to be back in Flushing Meadows for my 6th consecutive US Open! Many of my pictures that will appear here (and more!) will be featured on usopen.org, the official website of the US Open. I will primarily be photographing the main night matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium, allowing me to focus on a single match more than I could in the past. I hope this will create a more dynamic set of pictures from (usually) two matches, instead of several single images from 10 different matches. As in the past, I will be posting my favorite 10 pictures from each evening.

Opening night at the US Open is always an exciting time. There are fireworks, a concert, dancers, light shows, and of course the big name players finally hitting the court. Tonight featured #1 seeded Novak Djokovic and #5 seeded Maria Sharapova. As per expected, both players rolled over their unseeded opponents, resulting in short rallies and quick matches.

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Opening Night Ceremonies

Evening on Ashe

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