This is my fifth consecutive year performing at the Presidents Gate, the exclusive entrance where players and VIPs arrive. I play amplified enough for the pop/rock repertoire that the USTA enjoys to be edgy, but within limits to not disturb players on the practice courts just behind me. This year my sets included John Legend, Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, and a crowd pleasing throwback rendition of Blondie’s “The Tide is High”.
A beautiful blonde caught my eye as she stepped out of a black Suburban, her left leg encased in a cast from a broken foot. It was supermodel Christie Brinkley. In a moment only an experienced catwalker could have provided, she posed for the paparazzi directly in front of the harp! The camera shutters furiously clicked away and there I was, in the background of each photo.