New York: As she approached the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Monday morning, Sandra Walden of the Bronx, a longtime attendee of the U.S. Open, made an astute observation.
"The line looked like it went from here out to JFK," she said. "We've been going to the Open for over 15 years and we've never seen it that bad." (Also see in pics: Possibly, the safest place in the Unites States!)
Walden and her daughter Connie Dipreta were among the fans who waited over 45 minutes in an unforgiving snake of a security line on the first day of the U.S. Open. Some waited over an hour, others lost count. There were wands, bag checks, confusion about being in the right place, cellphones left in pockets and irritated fans. The wait made for an odd scene Monday morning as some of the world's best players hit courts with no or few fans, many of them caught on the other side of fences.