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Tennis Warriors

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I love tennis.  When I was a kid (age 10 – 14) I was a serious junior player until I burned out from too many 10 hour, 100 degree plus days of banging my racquet against the ball (and the fence, and the ground, and my head) in the Texas heat.  I still love to play and – instead of fighting to win – I’m delighted to go for every shot and see my old amazing strokes and ball placement every one out of ten shots.

I came home late tonight after a long day.  Amy had Tivoed the Johansson vs. Roddick US Open Match.  She told me I had to see it (she’d watched the first two sets but was happy to rewind and watch again with me.)  I settled into the couch and within 15 minutes the stresses and challenges of the day were gone.  Johansson’s first two sets were absolutely unbelievable.  Roddick played like the US Open champion that he is, but Johansson just creamed him. 

In the third set, Roddick caught fire and crushed Johansson’s spirit.  You could see Johansson lose it – all the momentum shifted to Roddick.  The NY crowd – which is always great at night – came alive.  The fourth set was more of the same – Roddick won something like 20 service points in a row.  Johansson started making him work for points again, but Roddick looked invincible.

Johansson had never played a fifth set in a major tournament, but he came alive again in the first game of the fifth set.  Suddenly, the damn Tivo recording ended (based on the pre-set time) and we were done.  Grrrrr.  We wandered downstairs to look up the results on the web – both of us were sure that Roddick had won.

We were greeted with the headline “Johansson Stuns Roddick.”  6-4 in the last set.  Outrageous.  Delicious tennis – Federer vs. Henman and Johansson vs. Hewitt for the mens semis. Even if you aren’t into tennis, it’s worth a look tomorrow and over the weekend as these guys are incredible athletes. Oh – and the women are awesome as well – I’d love to see Capriati win this one.

  • pierre

    …and my Mom was there and will there again on Sat :-) Yep, I got her tickets. After seeing her absorbed in front of a TV during any of the Grand Slam matches, I decided for her b’day this year that she should get tiks to experience it live. She’s a big Agassi fan and here she thought she would miss seeing him, but because of the rain delay, his match w/Federer was to be completed yesterday morning. She was ecstatic to say the least :-) Always nice to make Mom happy ;-)

    We’ll have to play some time as I like going out to hit the ball a couple of times a week when possible.

    Hope you’re well,…/p

    PS: Really liked your piece on “participating preferred”. Thx for sharing.

  • http://www.thiskids.blogspot.com jackson

    Tennis is the only true one on one competition sport we have, save for football, tennis is the only sport I’ll watch.

  • Dave Jilk

    I’ve just started watching tennis (Maureen is a big fan), and as it happens we watched ONLY the fifth set of Roddick/Johansson. It was beautiful to see finesse win out over raw serve power. Roddick needs to practice by using a sidearm serve and learning how to play rallies.

    Federer/Hewitt turned out to be a disappointment… Hewitt hadn’t lost a set during the tournament and he didn’t even win a game during the first set with Federer.

    Feld Comment: A double bagel by Federer over Hewitt was actually pretty impressive.

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