Had a little bad experience while watching the Graf/McNeil match at
Philly today. I'm wondering if this happens a lot since I saw a
little bit of it at the US Open too.
I showed up with friends at 12:30 and watched McNeil/Sukova practice
for a while. 3 of my friends got seats in front of me so I'm the only
one right behind them. This old lady (60+) came to my row and said
to me "These 4 seats are all reserved, you'll have to leave soon" in
a snotty way with her nose turned up. She was obviously kinda rich
by gaudy crappy jewelries she has on and ovver-make-uped face. I told
her I have the ticket for the seat and she asked me if I was sure.
I said yes and she looked like she didn't believe me and looked over
at me several times before the match started.
Right before the match started, her husband with a "Official" tag around
his neck joined her and she demanded to go get lunch because she's hungry
and this is right when Graf/McNeil were warming up for the match.
She came back later during the first set and again, asked me if I had
the correct ticket since the row was pretty crowded already and there
were only 2 open seats left for her and her husband. I shouted back
at her "YES" and I shouted at her if SHE has the correct tickets. She
looked a little shocked and answered yes and shut up for the rest of the
match. And that's because SHE SLEPT THROUGH 90% of the match! Toward
the end of the 3rd set (high quality tennis by the way :) ), she woke
up and her CellPhone ranged while the players were playing and she just
I was going to let her have it if she ask me if I had the right ticket
again! My friends' been gonig for the past 3 nights and they said a
lot of the old ladies just show up and start gossiping about their
lives LOUDLY and not paying attention to the match.
I'm not prejudice against old ladies at tennis matches, but why do they
bother showing up if they're not going to watch the game? One lady was
explaining to another about "Graf's tired... she needs 6 games to win?
(a set)", then she went on gossiping about people at the local country
club and such... loudly of course.
Just venting I guess. Anybody have similar experience?