WHY I LOVE TENNIS by @BlackPearlMoi who says it all for me too‼
Tennis is a sport I now love. I was a casual fan of Men’s Tennis. Living in the same hometown as Arthur Ashe I certainly was a fan and followed his career. Then I became an Agassi fan, from his bad-boy days to the mature tennis statesman he has become. As for the Women’s game – what little I had watched on tv was not the sport for me – they appeared to be little girls in little frilly skirts playing ping-pong.
Then I saw Venus play for the first time. Bam! The game the way she plays it epitomizes “Strong is Beautiful” . Venus gave birth years ago to that slogan the WTA chose to use in its 2011 promotional campaign. With a serve that became the fastest in women’s tennis, Venus executes her forehand, volleys and returns on the run looking like a beautiful gazelle! Next on the scene came younger sister Serena. WOW! Never have I seen a female athlete with such a ‘Winner’s’ state of mind. Her belief in her game is based on the work she continues to invest in having an all-round game that is simply phenomenal. Now this is the way Tennis should be played I said to myself after seeing the Williams sisters play; and, a fan of the WTA I became at once.
PLAYERS I LIKE
Now I watch as much tennis as I can find. All the slams, World Team Tennis, Davis Cup, and other majors available on TV or that I can find on Live Streaming. There are other players I follow and root for: James Blake (Fine as hell and a Fighter), Rafa Nadal (Fierce and Fine too), Roger Federer (Makes Tennis an Art), David Ferrer (Relentless Competitor), Del Portro (Plays Tall Man Tennis with Confidence), Kim Clijsters (Great Player and a Shortie Style, Maria Sharapova (Fighter from Start to Finish).
Then there are the rising young Americans: Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Taylor Townsend and Donald Young (tough talented players Standing Strong and Moving Up despite USTA Adversity); and, Alicia Black and her younger sister Hurricane Tyra (often have been referred to as “the next Williams Sisters“).
WHAT WILL TENNIS BE WITHOUT THEM
Knowing that the years ahead will bring the day when Serena and Venus retire from the game: I started this Blog as a way of expressing in print what I am thinking. I am the only tennis fan in my immediate circle so at least with this Blog I can have a conversation with myself. Hopefully you will join in the conversation and comment from time to time. I think Venus and Serena are two of the best female athletes in the history of women’s sports.
And I know I am not the only one who thinks that the…WILLIAMS SISTERS are as Mary
J Blige sings… ♫♪ F I N E ♪♫ ‘-)