Draw ceremonies for Davis Cup took place today. Detailed info about the various ties can be found here.
It is an anniversary of sorts because my tennis travels began a year ago when I traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to catch the US vs Switzerland Davis Cup tie. It had been years since I attended a tennis match; the last time was US Open 2006. I had been having a devil of a time at my consulting gig and I just needed a break. After booking a hotel in the boonies and fearing for my life, I found The Wynfrey Hotel on Orbitz and went to Birmingham. Sadly, I took in none of the fantastic historical sites, just tennis. Lucky me I discovered that my hotel had a shuttle service to and from the Jefferson complex and it was located next to a mall.
The restaurants near the hotel were sub-par, the entertainment nonexistent, but I did meet a lovely couple who gave me their court side tickets for the final day. I couldn’t believe my good luck, so I snapped these little pics on my cell phone to remember the view..