Despite two rain delays; my first day as a ballperson at the 2010 U.S. Open was a success. Though the weather did not cooperate, everyone working for the tournament did all they could to ensure that the players remained safe and as many matches as possible were completed.
There were plenty of fans on the grounds throughout the day, up until play was suspended for the night. Though I am a rookie ballperson at this year's Open, I have five years of experience under my belt from the Hamlet Cup/TD Waterhouse Cup, a former ATP event which ended in 2004.
After a six-year hiatus from chasing down balls, it all came back to me quickly, though it was immediately apparent why the Open ballperson staff are considered some of the best in the world. The performance and professionalism of those around me motivated me to strive to do my best. Today has only increased my excitement and anticipation of the weeks to come.
<p>Daniel Kresh is a USPTA-certified tennis professional who recently accepted the positions of director of junior tennis and assistant tennis professional at the Three Village Tennis Club in Setauket, N.Y. He is also the assistant professional at The Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills. He may be reached by e-mail at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.</p>