Williams Duel

The most anticipated game in this year’s US Open appears to be the Venus versus Serena matchup. There’s a small part of me that would love to see Serena to get the official “grand slam”. Serena certainly should be considered one of the all time greats and this sort of achievement seems entirely reasonable for someone at her level.

That said, I’ll be rooting for Venus. Venus is a great player in her own right. No not at the same level as Serena but I feel she is the more interesting and complete persona. I love her ambition and how it seems to comfortably mix with humility and compassion.


I played tennis both days this weekend but playing often does not mean playing well. I can hold up the excuse that the courts have now been resurfaced with a clay-like playing surface which is quite different to what I’m used to. That’s a pretty good excuse for now. In fact I feel remarkably better having come up with it.

Great. Back to work but hopefully back to the courts again soon too. 

I suck at tennis

I know you’re thinking … suck? … that’s a bit harsh. Well that’s because you didn’t see me out there today. For instance, today I was able to study in detail the likelihood of winning a point when double faulting. Try as I might I kept on coming back to the statistical norm of 0%. Were I a statistician maybe this would have brought some redeeming satisfaction but alas my contribution back to this art of probability brought me nothing a desire to smash the ball.

And smash I did. I smashed it into the net. I smashed it beyond the baseline. I even smashed my racket on the court once. As you can see my summary of “I suck” may seem harsh, oversimplified, and reactive but I think you’ll find I have evidence to support my claim.

I’m playing again tomorrow and I hope to develop a more positive outlook over these next 24 hours. In fact I’ll go out on a limb and predict that tomorrow I’ll positively suck. :^)

I Suck at Tennis

Well I’m unwilling to really say “suck” but damn it’s disappointing how inconsistent I am. I played three sets today and lost all three. My serve was inconsistent, my forehand was inconsistent, my backhand was ok (but it usually better than ok).

Wimbledon 2008


After some surprising upsets on both the mens and woman’s bracket, this year’s Wimbledon ended better than any I can remember. Nadal’s five set victory over Federer has got to be considered one of the best matches ever! Truly amazing tennis and right down to the wire.


The woman’s final – featuring a matchup of the Williams sisters – was also amazing tennis. Had this gone to three sets this too would probably be talked about as one of the classic matches of Wimbledon. As it was only two it probably doesn’t qualify but the level of tennis was still extremely high and its clear the Williams sisters are back in the game.

London Rain


They say it rains a lot in London and it appears from today’s forecast that not even global warming can save us from our soggyness. Bummer. Guess maybe I need a new hobby … maybe something like competitive puddle jumping or wet noodle racing. Certainly my naive hopes of getting in some tennis this weekend have been “rained on” (both figuratively and literally).