David has been watching the French Open on TV.

His favorite female player, 17 year old Coco Gauff, bombed in the quarterfinals:

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And his favorite male player, 39 year old Roger Federer, withdrew because he wasn’t feeling well:

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Then, there was 23 year old Naomi Osaka, who withdrew due to mental health issues:

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I have been watching the French Open sporadically, as I usually do with most TV sports. Interested but not that interested. You know what I mean? Bah, sports!

I remember taking a course in Tennis one summer at the University of Hawaii. The final grade was based on a written multiple choice test as well as my performance on the court. I did okay on the written test, but my performance on the court was horrible. I tried to serve the ball, but it went into a steep arc on my side of the court and didn’t pass over the net. The instructor was merciful and gave me a C for the course. Bah, sports!

Anyway, good luck to Novak Djokovic. I hope he wins the French Open. At age 34, he is ranked No. 1 in the world. He is 6’2″ tall and weighs 176 lbs. He is married (since 2014), and is the first tennis player to win more than US$100 million in prize money. Awesome!

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It must be nice to enjoy what you do and do it well.

What a great way to make a living.

Whether I enjoy them or not, sports are here to stay.

17 Responses to “Tennis”

  1. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …a physical and mental game.

  2. DavidH Says:

    I really admire the drive and conditioning of tennis players and in fact all pro athletes. They really work hard for their winnings. I am really looking forward to today’s match between Djokovic and Nadal. It should be a classic battle. Unfortunately it starts at 2:45 a.m. and I will have to watch it delayed. I will have to be very careful about not knowing the score as it is no fun watching the match if you know the outcome.

  3. Valerie-Jael Says:

    The players are always so strong and capable, great to watch them! Have a wonderful day, Valerie

  4. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I’ve never been a real tennis fan but I sure do admire their strength and agility!

  5. DJan Says:

    On my morning walk I pass by a tennis court and like to listen to the “pock-pock” sound of the balls against the racket. 🙂

  6. Olga Says:

    I like to watch in person sports but lose interest when it on TV. I agree with David about the drive and conditioning of pro tennis players.

  7. AC Says:

    Nadal has been my favourite player for quite awhile. We never got much into the French Open but have almost always watched Wimbledon. I guess partly because Wimbledon was the tournament right after school ended for the year, and I was able to watch and relax.

  8. Granny Annie Says:

    The newspaper is full of sports pages. I simply skip them. It makes the rest of my family sad that I am not more knowledgeable of all the sports going on in the world.

  9. Christine Says:

    My hubby hopes Tsitsipas wins.

  10. Arkansas Patti Says:

    I use to watch tennis when I played recreationally. Somehow when I quit playing, I quit watching. I do think that was unfair what they did to Naomi Osaka.

  11. Martha Says:

    Tennis isn’t a sport I watch, but like you said It must really be nice way to make a living.

  12. Sue Says:

    Dear Gigi, sports, especially women’s … not particularly interested. Funny story: when my husband was alive, he held fast to the clicker; so, i didn’t watch much television (the Lord’s grace at work, obviously). Anyway, on Sunday afternoons he’d go and visit his mom – sometimes i went along, but frankly preferred to stay home and get things done, or sometimes watch something on tv. One sunday in particular, had turned to a channel that played chick-flicks. Not that sunday, obviously – instead, the channel had women’s soccer. Uh, no! So very not interested in watching a bunch of sweaty mannish women. Now, had the program been figure-skating or gymnastics, would have watched for a bit…ya know, the kind of sports that encourages a woman’s feminine nature – instead of crushing it.

  13. Lois Evensen Says:

    You make me smile. I agree it’s great for those who like to play and watch sports. My physical activity as a child was ten years of ballet and I’m grateful for what it taught me. But, now, my sport is walking. I’m glad I’m still able to do it. 😉

  14. Elephant's Child Says:

    I rarely watch sport here.
    I admire the talent and the dedication of the players but do think that their winnings are inflated. Other people also work very hard for much lesser sums.

  15. Wisewebwoman Says:

    I played a lot of tennis in my time. Mainly club ladder which I enjoyed immensely. Never did like doubles which is the only choice when you get over say, 40.

    Spectator sports is something I could never enjoy for long. Sports as an industry has always bothered me.


  16. Iris Empereur Says:

    The first one reminds me of Steffi Graf and Boris Becker, they were so young, too, and won. It was a hype in Germany and my Mum took me to learn, oh, it was fun! Sadly broke my arm and can no more. I was no Steffi, of course, but I had fun!
    Enjoy the games.

  17. Nancy Chan Says:

    It is a wonderful way to earn a living doing the thing that one enjoys and also helps in keeping fit. I seldom watch sport on TV but my hubby enjoy it.

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