Our bright young friend Whitney, well versed in all cool things, is an avid tennis fan. She’s sharing her love affair with this classy sport today, right here. You’ll be studying up on your Aces and 40-Loves in no time with this primer on why it’s so easy to love watching tennis.
It’s spring again. Spring always gets me thinking about love, and love always gets me thinking about tennis. (See what I did there?) One Sunday afternoon in 2008 I found my mother enthralled with, of all things, a tennis match on TV.
I joined her, since she told me it was happening in London (my favorite), but I quickly found other reasons to stay: Nadal and Federer.
You see, 2008 was the year Rafael Nadal first beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Championship. His victory came after 4 hours and 48 minutes and two rain delays—and after Federer had won the five previous Wimbledon titles. Many tennis fans still consider it one of the greatest matches in history. I had picked a heck of a first tennis match to witness. It was amazing.
Roger Federer captivated me. Painfully defeated, yet still the epitome of sportsmanship. (His white Wimbledon sweater didn’t hurt either. I mean, have you seen him?) How did he manage to look like a Ralph Lauren model even after a devastating loss? In that moment, he became my Mr. Perfect.
If Roger Federer isn’t reason enough for you to watch tennis, consider these five reasons to love the sport:
- Tennis requires insane athleticism. Think of any quality an athlete needs to succeed. Precision, power, flexibility, endurance, style, strategy, mental tenacity—you name it, the best tennis players in the world have got it in spades. It’s incredible to watch the muscles in their forearms and calves as they dominate that clay court hour after hour.
- Tennis action goes on year-round. Tennis has its big events at gorgeous venues like any other sport, like Wimbledon, but players trot around the globe for matches from January to mid November. They don’t have months free during the off-season like most sports, they are always training. And there’s always something to watch.
- Serious Girl Power. The reigning women of tennis are the ultimate faces of girl power. The U.S.’s most recent tennis superstars, Serena and Venus Williams, are hard to beat on court and equally fascinating off court. Along with Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Steffi Graff, and many others, the Williams sisters prove that women deserve the glory aright alongside the men in professional sports. Powerful, classy females dominate here. My heroes. Heroines. Either way.
- Tennis is international. Aside from probably soccer/football, no other sport has the same popularity worldwide. You practically earn a stamp in your passport just learning the names of the top players from all over the globe. Australia, France, Dubai, Mexico, and so on and so forth. Also, if you watch tennis, you might just spot your favorite royals in the audience.
- Tennis inspires great nicknames. Speaking of learning names, you encounter some fabulous wordplay when you become a tennis fan. Commentators love to assign nicknames to the best players. For example, just last weekend the Djoker defeated FedEx at Indian Wells. Oh I’m a sucker for the clever wordplay, no matter how cheesy. I wonder what my nickname would be, were I a grand slam tennis champion?
Not listed but reasons certainly worth honorable mention: fancy names for scoring points, cool venues like Wimbledon, the fashion, and did I mention Roger Federer?
Do you have your own reasons to love tennis? Do tell!