2019 FS Investments U.S. Open First Fan

Roberta and Ian Andrews were this year’s First Fan(s) in the building.

One of the central goals of the FS Investments U.S. Open is to expose the game to people from around the country. Per usual, the first fans to walk into the Daskalakis Athletic Center at Drexel for the very first match on the ASB GlassCourt today were good examples.

It was Roberta and Ian Andrews. For the past four years they’ve come to the first weekend of the U.S. Open, taking front-row seats behind the ball wall. “We always book our tickets on the first day or two after they go on sale,” Roberta said. “We love sitting right up by the glass court, just so close to the action. It is so accessible.”

The Andrews live in Ypsilanti, a town six miles outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Roberta is a bankruptcy attorney; Ian is an English professor at Eastern Michigan University. Ian grew up in Manchester, England and after graduating from the University of Essex, he came to the U.S in 1982. He plays squash at the Canton Township Life Time Fitness Club.

“Some people will go to Barcelona for holiday,” Ian said. “For us, we just love coming to Philadelphia for the Open for the weekend. It’s a great experience.”