China Open, Day whatever

A two-man crew cleans one of the courts at the China Open. The courts are cleaned every night.

I’ve been too busy and too tired to work at finding photos, but I’ve noticed that every night they clean off the courts. One reason I notice this is because I’ve noticed that a lot of people have jobs in China, but a lot of jobs a rather menial. A lot of people are employed in some sort of cleaning position. It seems to me that there is over employment in many things. There are always more people available than work to do. More drivers for shuttles, more people to empty trash, more guards. I can’t tell you how many people I see sleeping on the job. The fact is that many of them don’t have enough to do to keep them occupied. It’s an interesting thing to see and think about in terms of employment in America.

One of the numerous guards the the China Open sits as fans watch a player on a practice court.


My American habits haven’t changed much here in China. I sleep every possible moment back at home. I’m doing the same here. Instead of trying to head out every morning to take in more of Beijing, I’m staying in bed until the last possible moment. Sleep is underrated, even here in China.

The students, however, don’t seem to have my attitude. They’re making it to “work” everyday, but I know they’re burning the midnight oil. I’m not sure if they’re seeing that many new things or just enjoying each other’s company. They are bonding well, which is cool to watch happening.


THE prize at any professional tennis match is to get a game ball. Forget paying 150 yuan for those big autograph balls, most fans would rather get a player-used ball. Me included. Here’s a bunch of them after a player’s practice round.

On the way in to the tennis center today I noticed something very American, very capitalistic: ticket scalpers. The quarterfinals start tomorrow and with the No. 1 and No. 2 women’s players and No. 1 men’s here, there should be good crowds and good demand for tickets.  I hadn’t thought about it before so I looked at the ticket prices when I got to the center. To just walk the grounds costs a mere 30 yuan — about $5. A day pass for today is 200 yuan, 300 yuan for Friday and Saturday. On Sunday — Finals — the prices go to 1680, 1080 and 580 yuan. That’s approximately $280, $180 and $97.


One response to “China Open, Day whatever

  1. By the way, just for the record, there was no way to grab one of those practice balls. Believe me, I’m trying.

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