U.S. Open 2018

What’s up!

 

My latest adventure involved me being invited to the U.S Open in Queens, NY. Being as unknowledgeable about tennis as I was, I’ve gained a whole new prospective and respect for the game. I could post everything I learned about tennis, but this could turn into a short novel. Instead, I’ll give you some tips, for when you attend the match next year!

 

  1. Grab a Power Pack

When you enter the gates and make your way inside, you’re going to come across a station, sponsored by Chase, that will give you a power pack for $1 per person (which they refund to you) . It’s basically a portable charger that clips around your phone so you don’t misplace it. If the battery on it runs low, they have more stations located in different areas within the grounds where you can grab a new one. It really comes in handy, especially because you’ll be trying to snap pictures and using the U.S. Open app all day.

2. Download the app

There is so much to do at the open besides watch tennis. There are so many spots to eat at and a lot of interactive gaming and broadcast stations. The app is necessary in order to participate in some of the activities, gives you a map of the grounds, and holds your tickets. But that’s not all! The app has all of the game times and practice schedule for the day so you can plan accordingly.

2. Try the signature drink

The U.S Open crafted a signature cocktail for all of those (21 years and older) to enjoy. You must try it! T’was called the Grey Goose Honey Deuce and it was garnished with honey dew melon balls. They serve it in a special signature cup that you can keep as a souvenir.

3. Go to the practice matches

This is something I HIGHLY recommend doing ESPECIALLY if you have nosebleed seats in the stadium or you don’t have tickets at all. The practice courts have a smaller seating area, but don’t require a special ticket. They are strictly on a first come, first serve seating basis. This is where I saw Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens practice with their coaches and play a little bit. This is also a great time to get your pictures because it’s the closest you’re going to get.

4. Take public transportation

The subway is honestly the best way to travel to this event. From Penn Station, it is two stops on the LIRR and the stadium is spitting distance from Citi Field. The time and money you would spend finding a parking spot or getting a UBER, isn’t worth it. Just take the train!

Here are some pics from the day!

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Grey Goose Honey Deuce…yum!
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Lobster Quesadilla 

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One of the many picture taking stations!

 

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stripeTALK with Rey Jefferson

Hey Everyone

I got the chance to interview Rey Jefferson who is an adidas Field Agent and the co-host of the popular podcast, stripeTALK. Jefferson, along with his co-host and fellow field agent Jonathan McQueen, created this podcast in July of 2016 and have since had much success interviewing athletes and influencers while focusing on the adidas brand.

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Me: Rey, I am so happy to finally get a chance to speak with you!

Rey Jefferson: Yeah same here!

Me: So tell me about your job and what you do.

RJ: I’m part of the adidas field team where our job involves visual merchandising, spreading advocacy, and sales at the retail level across multiple accounts. But since I’m a specialist, I focus on one pinnacle meaning the top 10 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

 

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Me: Okay very nice. So how about stripeTALK? How did that come into play?

RJ: It was around July last year that I co-created this adidas centric podcast with my co-worker Jonathan. There are a few reasons we started stripeTALK but the key thing we wanted to do was give our fellow field agents and adidas lovers a platform where they could listen to athletes, employees, and influencers talk about the brand.

Me: And for those that do not listen to stripeTALK yet, what can they expect to hear when they tune in?

RJ: Just two down to earth guys interviewing dope adidas themed guests regarding the latest adidas products, trends, and culture.

Me: Who are some of your most memorable guests on the show?

RJ: Everyone really but if I had to name drop, I would say Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown who was our first professional athlete. Then there was Jahvon Quinerly, sports industry analyst Matt Powell, BoostGod, T.Blake, MaroonNYC, and other influencers. Rita Ora even did a voice over for us.

Me: Wow that’s awesome! Who’s your dream guest?

RJ: Kanye West definitely! I love his passion. And Jon Wexler because he’s a legend.

 

The fashion behind it 

Me: So there is a new adidas boutique in Rockaway, New Jersey located inside of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Tell me about it.

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RJ: Yes, I’m extremely proud of the space. It’s one of only ten across the US and is dedicated to adidas Originals apparel.

Me: How would you describe your personal style?

RJ: My style originates in sports so I wear a ton of joggers & tapered bottoms with athletic performance tops. Outside of work I’ll dress up my outfits with high fashion kicks like Yeezys, RAF’s, & Y3’s.

Me: Well thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me Rey. I really appreciate it.

RJ: No problem Tia! This was great .

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