2014 China Open: We come for the swag, we stay for the tennis

This year's color scheme is much tamer than in years past. Last year's orange uniform was nearly unwearable.

This year’s color scheme is much tamer than in years past. Last year’s orange uniform was nearly unwearable.

The Missouri School of Journalism has an amazing relationship with journalists in China and maybe even more amazing is that it’s been a long-last relationship. I’m terrible at history, always have been, but this relationship is about as old as the 116 year-old J School.

Broadcast sports major Andrew Kauffman showing off his China Open gear.

Broadcast sports major Andrew Kauffman showing off his China Open gear.

One of the offshoots of that relationship is a class that covers the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. This is my third trip as instructor for the class, leading the students as they write the English-language stories for the Open’s website (content will start appearing soon.)

As part of this arrangement we get SWAG!

We each received two shirts, warm-up pants, socks, a hat, jacket and fanny pack. Sure, you’re shaking your head now about that fanny pack but when we come back to the States rockin’ it, you’re gonna want one. You know you are.

The work begins tomorrow (we’re 13 hours ahead of the Central time zone) with a few games, a press conference with Novak Djokovic and a few other things.

We’re ready!

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