by Rick Limpert, Special for Tennis Grandstand
Booming serves, blazing overhead smashes and forehand shots off the frame are three good reasons why fans in the first few rows on the Stadium Court at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships need to stay alert and aware of the tennis action happening in front of them.
Tuesday night in a singles match against Gilles Muller, 6’9″ American John Isner hit no less than three fans with either serves of overhead smashes and one other gentleman barely ducked out of the way of an Isner smash.
“It’s the reason some fans want those seats, one gentlemen renews his seats right behind the court every year to get that rush,” says Peter Lebedevs, tournament director of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.
The fans seem to sit closer to action than they should be at the indoor tennis event. When asked about the space from the baseline to the back wall, Lebedev smiled.
“It’s the minimum,” Lebedev offered. “We’ve had the same st...