ACE. The patience of tennis fans, stuck in long, long lines to get into Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand.
FAULT. Always late starts for the 7 p.m. matches. Last night was one of the earliest starts (7:19).
ACE. If you like brightly colored shoes, the Open is the right place. Many of the female players are wearing pink on their feet this year, while the lines persons and ball persons are outfitted in yellow footwear.
LET. The U.S. Tennis Association has put out a nice, slick information booklet on its player-development program. So far, the marketing is outstripping the Yanks' competitive impact.BY THE NUMBERS
1 The total of women, among the top four seeds, still alive in the tournament (Serena Williams).
1 Number of Americans remaining in singles play entering the second week (Serena Williams).
1 Number of years older than five-time champion Roger Federer (who is 33) that Victor Estrella Burgos is, in the Dominican Republic native's first U.S. Open.
FURTHERMORE . . .
Here's an out-of-towner's New York City experience. No. 5 seed Milos Raonic of Canada, asked if he had seen his likeness plastered on the city's subway cars, said he only heard about it. "Last time I rode a subway in New York, I actually got hurt, so I avoid them. The turnstile hit me really hard in the knee and I was limping for a while."