Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday featured Courtgirls and Cocktails at the Connecticut Open and some exciting evening matches

Tuesday featured Courtgirls and Cocktails at the Connecticut Open and some exciting evening matches. Match play started at noon on both the Sportsmaster Grandstand as well as the main court inside the Connecticut Tennis Center stadium. Fans enjoyed food from the nine different food trucks, visited booths from sponsors and the children enjoyed time in the Aetna Fit Zone.

VIP attendees of the Courtgirls and Cocktails event (a separate ticketed event) enjoyed a lunch buffet while watching the matches on the stadium court. After lunch, they had a chance to peruse tables from vendors like Lululemon and Rhone as well as Babolat and the International Tennis Hall of Fame (located in nearby Newport, Rhode Island). Special guests included tennis players Petra Kvitova and Alize Cornet as well as Jill Zarin from Real Housewives of New York fame.

Evening matches had close to 4,000 attendees who watched Polish defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska defeat Canadian Eugenie Bouchard and China's Shuai Peng won against Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. There were a few tense moments near the end of Peng's win when she appeared to have rolled her ankle but recovered to win the match and advance to the next round.

Monday was a hot day in terms of temperature and excitement at the Connecticut Open

Monday was a hot day in terms of temperature and excitement at the Connecticut Open and filled with upsets. Favorite 3-time champion Petra Kvitova, #4 seed Kristina Mladenovic, Americans Lauren Davis and lucky loser Christina McHale, all lost their matches.

Eugenie Bouchard spoke about playing during the solar eclipse and noticed that the skies got darker but said she tried to not look up directly at the sun. After the match a fan gave her eclipse glasses and she said she would save them. Eugenie said, "I played during an Eclipse and that's the only time it'll ever happen in my career. I think that's kinda cool."

The 20th anniversary celebration of tennis in Connecticut started the evening matches which showcased the countries where players were from, speeches from the tournament director, Anne Worcester, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, tennis legend Martina Navratilova and Yale President Peter Salovey, as well as the national anthem performed by a Yale a cappella group. There was a special doubles match featuring Martina Navratilova and Mats Wilander each playing alongside members of the Yale tennis team. The late evening wrapped up with a match between Poland’s Magda Linette beating Italy’s Roberta Vinci.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Spectacular Sunday start to the main round of the Connecticut Open and how to save 25% off tickets #CTOpenTennis #tennis

It was a spectacular Sunday at the Connecticut Open tennis tournament in New Haven. Gates opened at 10 and children received goody bags filled with items from companies headquartered in CT: earbud headphones from ESPN (Bristol), a PEZ dispenser from PEZ candy (Orange), and a few other items.

Children were treated to lessons with players and coaches, characters from popular kids’ movies roaming around and some great tennis matches with Belgium’s Kirsen Flipkens winning against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.

The lines for the food trucks seemed endless but luckily there were nine different trucks to choose from in addition to BBQ options available inside the stadium. My personal favorites are the Spuds Your Way baked potato truck and Tony’s Square Donuts whose donuts are uniquely square and handmade. If you stop by either truck, tell them I sent you!

At night, I had the opportunity to attend the Porsche Game, Set, Munch event held at the newly renovated John Davenport’s restaurant on the 19th floor of the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. There was food from the restaurants of the Omni Hotel and nearby. 

Barcelona Wine Bar had a Potato Tortilla that was delicious. They feature items from all over Spain. Cask Republic had some delicious Short Rib Meatballs as well as a Yellow Tomato and Corn Gazpacho with garlic and onion popcorn which went down so smoothly, and to finish it off they had a Coconut Panacotta with candied cashews. Jonathan Edwards winery from Stonington was sampling some red and white wines. They are a local, family run winery that is the largest in the state.

The hotel offered up delicious bites such as gin-infused smoked salmon with picked beets and pickles, bourbon glazed pork belly and bourbon infused honey donuts.

Great tennis matches are already underway for today (Monday) as we're awaiting the partial solar eclipse which is slated to start around 2:30 pm. You can save 25% off of your tickets this week using the promo code CO17SUMMERFUN

Here are some of the other photos from the day: