well.. i'm new here so i wanted to introduce myself by sharing how i met mary!
It all started at the US Open 2005.. i usually go every year to the tournament so i was very excited to see that mary was playing on the day i got tickets.
i've been a fan of mary since i watched her play anke huber in the 90's
i went to have lunch at the US Open club but when i got there i saw that mary was playing so i scrambled away to see her.
she was playing katarina srebotnik at louis armstrong stadium, and she was totally kicking butt.
we had really good seats, and mary was playing excellent
after the match, everyone ran to the front get her autographs. i tried.. sticking my USTA member hat out.. but there were too many people in front of me so i couldnt get close.
mary was very nice (as usual) and signed everyones autograph that was in the front, she even tossed her towels into the stands!!
i felt very upset and disappointed that i couldnt get there in time for an autograph
but then.. the person i was with decided to go to the back of the stadium to see if we could catch her there.
i was waiting for her with a few other mary fans.. we talked about how much we liked her. it took her a while to get back there and i was very nervous that she wouldnt come.. but a few minutes after srebotnik left.. there was mary!!
mary was smiling and seemed so happy after the win. first, the other mary fans asked to take a picture with her.
mary said of course and hugged them! i thought that was so nice!!
i was so nervous and i could barely get the strength to talk
then, i asked her if she could sign my hat and she said yes
then i told her she was my favorite player and she thanked me
my friend took a picture of her signing my hat
as she walked away some of the other mary fans shouted "you made his day!"
and i shouted "thank you so much!!"
mary smiled and waved at us
for the rest of the day i was so giddy and happy that i finally met mary! it was such a dream come true!!
then later next week i saw her beat dementieva.. it was amazing!
mary is such a kind a caring person, i was so glad that i got to meet her.
i truly hope she comes back stronger than ever