Past tournaments have used a one and done for the loser format which can be discouraging for someone to travel hundreds of miles to play and have their participation finished in as little as an hour. The French Open has been played over the last couple of weeks and I truly can agonize with the players that go out in the first round. One and done has to be tough on the psyche! I guess they do get some money to show, but that has to be a hard way to make a meager living. Truly the grunts in the trenches that fill out the brackets in the lower seeds don't get the appreciation they deserve. In the past Nancy and I have gone to the semi finals of the U.S. Tennis Open and sat high in Ashe Stadium while the stars performed. More recently we have gone to the early rounds and enjoyed sitting a few feet from the lesser known players competing in their matches on the perimeter courts. I think I have enjoyed the latter experience the most. They may not be the very best in the sport, but they are professionals and give it their best.
I don't know how entertaining the geezer tennis players are for the gallery but we still give it our best shot and thank the Lord we are enjoying life this side of the grass. Oh for the love of the game!
As and end note, Nancy and I for the first time competed in mixed doubles. We had a great time even in a losing effort. And our marriage remains as strong as ever!
|Victor ready to receive.
|Dave Usher -Great serves.
|Gerry - Post match smile
|Walt -Preparing to serve.