So This Happened Today…

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I did this today, and it hurt like the dickens. I’m not even sure what that expression means, but I have a cut and huge bruise on my shin because of it. Nothing makes you feel as unprofessional at tennis as hitting your shin on the downward swing of your serve.

Finding Myself Outside of Tennis

I love tennis so much, but I came to the point in my life where I realized it’s ALL I seem to talk about with anyone! Luckily my wife is very tolerant of my passion, and she partakes in the love of the game as well, but lately I’ve been thinking of some things I can get into to diversify my interests a bit. I already do a fair bit of running and biking, as it keeps me fit when I get on the tennis court (see, there I go again!). My kid is already out of the house and at university, so it’s not like I have a lack of time on my hands. I was recently thinking about taking music back up as a hobby. I used to play piano and guitar when I was younger. I was much better suited to the linear nature of piano playing. The fret board on the guitar really confuses me to this day!

I love listening to classical music. Oh that reminds me, I recently upgraded my Pandora subscription to Pandora One, so I don’t get the ads anymore. Seriously, make the small investment of about $6 per month. It really improves Pandora vastly. Plus, I feel like that allows you to skip more songs and just do more things with it.

Back to what I was saying, I listen to a lot of classical music, I find it extremely soothing. I bet taking up the piano again would be pretty fun, especially since I’m not starting from zero. The frustrating thing about instruments like piano, and drums (which my son plays) is that they are not portable. I have no interest in picking up a gigantic, heavy piano. I’ve been doing some research on the best digital piano to get and it turns out they are as light as 18-20 lbs, and I have no need for a bulky stand – a simple keyboard stance will suffice. I’m pretty excited about this!

Anyhow, getting a big sidetracked but the point is, tennis players tend to OBSESS. I’m not sure if other sports fans obsess to this level, but seriously, spend some time at the tennis warehouse message boards, and you’ll know what I mean: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php

I don’t want to have an unhealthy obsession for any one thing, especially one like tennis that at my age is not bringing in income. In fact, quite the opposite, I spend a good bit of money on the sport! New shoes, clothes, club fees, nutrition, fees to play in local tournaments, gas money to drive to said tournaments, ball machine (which reminds me I should do a post about my ball machine)… and yes, buying a new musical instrument is expensive too, but I also feel that’s a one-time thing I can do and reap the benefits for a very long time!

OK, well, I’ll end this rant here. Diversify your interests, and take a really long look in the mirror to see if you’re obsessing, and perhaps it’s affecting the relationships around you. Just a self improvement tip! See, I can write about more than just tennis… 😉

Tennis Player Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

Grigor Dimitrov posts a photo of his Rolex to Instagram. These players' lives do not suck!

Grigor Dimitrov posts a photo of his Rolex to Instagram. These players’ lives do not suck!

 

 

I’m just now discovering Instagram, and it’s December of 2015 so I guess you could call me a trendsetter. And no, I’m not saying that to plug my own Instagram account – that would be silly, because I don’t post anything! I mostly use it to follow my favorite tennis players. It’s great to get a glimpse into how these superstars live their life, on and off the court. What they eat, where they travel, how they train… one word of warning though. They tend to post their results by making a post about their latest match… so if you’re like me and have the Tennis Channel set to record all the time, scrolling through your Instagram feed might give away all the match results you haven’t seen yet! You have been warned 😉

Here are some of my favorites!

 

Remembering Nadal’s First US Open Title

I recently found some entries from a tennis blog I used to keep. I wrote a blog post after Rafa Nadal won his first US Open title in 2010. I thought it would be fun to reminisce…


The Spanish tennis phenomenon Rafael Nadal, world number 1, won the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year, after defeating Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final (seeded No. 3) 6-4 , 5 -7, 6-4, 6-2.

The US Open trophy was the only Grand Slam missing from Nada’s resume. The Spaniard cried with joy at the end of the match, while the defeated Novak Djokovic gave in to frustration during the game, smashing a racquet.

Scheduled for Sunday, September 12, 2010, the game was postponed until Monday because of weather conditions. Moreover, in the second set when the score was 4-4 (30-30), the match was suspended because a storm fell on Arthur Ashe stadium in New York.

The first set was won by Nadal after 50 minutes, which showed it was going to be a very balanced final (score 6-4).

In the second set, the Serb was saved by the unexpected break. Even though he led 4-1, the Spaniard bounced back and the rain stopped the game with the score even at 4-4. After the break, Djokovic seemed more motivated, clinching the second act, 5-7.

Although he recovered five break points in the third set, Djokovic finally relented, 6-4 to Nadal.

The last part of the meeting found the Serbian on a downward slope, the accumulated fatigue during the tournament possibly catching up to him.

After three hours and 42 minutes, Rafael Nadal won the coveted trophy. He previously won eight Grand Slam tournaments: the Australian Open (1), Roland Garros (5), and Wimbledon (2).

Rafael Nadal bites his 2010 US Open championship trophy

The winner will be awarded a check for $ 1.7 million, while in the loser would “only” receive $850,000.

Novak Djokovic, however, has reason to celebrate as well. The presence in the US Open final helped him move into second position in the ATP rankings, overtaking Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 favorite of the tournament, made his first final appearance in the US Open. He qualified for the last act of the tournament after beating Russian Mikhail Youzhny (6-2, 6-3, 6-4).

On the other side, Novak Djokovic (3) played in his second final, losing to Roger Federer first (2), in 2007. The Serb took his revenge this year, eliminating the Swiss in the semifinals, after four hours of play and five sets (5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5).

At the same time, the 2010 final is the first in the last seven years not to have the protagonist Roger Federer, who has won five US Open title.


Ah, man, how times have changed. We’re all now curious if Novak Djokovic, at 12 grand slam titles currently, can continue his dominance, and eventually equal Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles. I find this graphic really interesting:

Men's Grand Slam Titles by Age

Men’s Grand Slam Titles by Age