As I sit and watch some professional football to keep track of how my fantasy team is doing, I am reminded of how rough and tumble the game is. It really is meant for only the few who can take the punishment it affords. And even then, more and more people are wondering about its long term effects on those who wear the game’s badge so proudly. In contrast, I am also reminded of how awesome the game of tennis is for “every man” or “every woman” or “every kid” and how safe and healthy this game can be for all of us for life. This is not to say that tennis injuries don’t happen or that one can’t play the game in an unwise manner. It is to say, however, that the nature of the sport itself is perfect for lifelong fitness pursuit and enjoyment well into old age.
As we settle into our new environment here, I have been talking with a number of folks about Panamanian tennis. Besides the fact that clay courts are more prevalent here (can’t wait to try some out), I am discovering a real tennis passion among people here that is contagious and exciting! How cool is this! So, once I get my ProKennex Ionic KI 5 PSE restrung with some good ole’ fashioned Babolat natural gut, I will be ready to go! In the meantime, let me know how your tennis is treating you and thanks for all the great comments you all send our way!
The US Open is off and running, and as exciting a time as this is, you can’t help but notice the vast void or vacuum left by one vacated Rafael Nadal. Apparently at home in Majorca resting his tender right wrist, this marks yet another occasion when an injured Rafa is unable to defend a major trophy. Every year added to his ATP career is that much more wear and tear on his body, and so you begin to wonder how many more times he will be able to storm back from an injury timeout to win 10 or so titles and claim number one again. His age says he is still in his prime, but Rafa became dominant on clay and competitive on the other surfaces so early in his professional career that his frame has endured a lot more miles than average. If he were a used car, you might think twice or thrice before buying. He has simply played a lot of tennis and played it with unrivaled physical intensity. But the amazing thing about Rafa up till now is his ability to work his way back to the top of a very talented field, and do it with authority. Not to diminish the autumn ATP schedule, but Rafa will no doubt utilize the fall to revitalize and prepare to scale the mountain of Melbourne in January and avenge his final loss there 7 months ago. Can he do it yet again? I for one wouldn’t put it past him! We shall see though in time, a resource that eventually runs out for even the most resilient of pros. But time is something Rafa seems to engage realistically and with tempered aggression. Whatever the nature of the comeback this next time, it will be fascinating to follow.