Sunday Snapshot 4: Fanatics at the US Open

Welcome to another edition of Sunday Snapshots. Each Sunday, I’ll post a favorite photo from my collection and share a little bit about it. You’ll go behind the scenes on some of our most memorable moments. Enjoy! 

Fanatics at the Open

Roger Federer signing autographs at the US Open

This photo makes me smile every time.

I took it at the 2015 US Open after we watched Roger Federer's first round set.

After his final interview he walked over to this crazy crowd of fanatics. We were standing on the opposite side of the stadium watching this all unfold. When he started walking towards them, it was like the crowd had been electrically charged with animation. They exploded with cheers, yells, pleas for autographs (actual pleas), and so. many. selfies.

Each time I take a closer look at this photo, another interesting (though, more often, funny) detail pops out.

Let's take a closer look at these guys fans.

Crazy fans at the 2015 US Open

If you cut Federer out of this photo, you're left with some pretty interesting characters:

The lady in the upper left corner is making some sort of kissy face.

Most people have their phones covering their faces, or they're blocking the viewer from actually seeing the tennis legend.

Kids (and some adults) are shoving bits of paper and tennis balls in Federer's direction with may more audacity than I had at their ages.

And so. many. selfies.

This photo reminds me of why I tend to try to leave celebrities alone. It also makes me think about how crazy people can act for a silly signature on a slip of paper. If they'd just put their pens and phones down for a second, they could enjoy the moment they're lucky enough to be a part of (you're at the US Open, people!) and have that memory to take home with them.

But this is the 2010s, and if it didn't happen on social media it didn't happen at all.