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RADWANSKA, LENDL, WOZNIACKI, MCENROE
I was lucky enough to have seen the Hong Kong leg of the BNP Paribas Showdown - thanks to the kind invitation of SkyCity Marriott's Director of Communications, Elizabeth Wan. Myself, Chris, and our dear friends, LadyLit publishers Caroline and Lore, had awesome box seats within sniffing distance from the tennis stars.
John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl clowned around 90% of the time. They mostly parodied themselves. McEnroe threw fake tantrums and crawled across the court to catch one of Lendl's legendary deep, low shots. Lendl didn't miss the opportunity to remind McEnroe that he, Lendl, is coaching Andy Murray; perhaps McEnroe should hire Lendl as his coach, too. We saw hints of their storied rivalry only 10% of the time, but I don't think anybody really expected competitive tennis from the two gentlemen. They delivered pure entertainment for tennis nerds.
The real draw of the night was Li Na vs. Wozniacki. Just before the ladies came onto the court, though, a message from Li Na was projected onto the jumbotron. She apologized for not being able to make it; she's still healing from her injuries at the Australian Open. Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska has been called on to replace her.
The ladies stunned the shiznit out of me with breathtaking tennis. Radwanska is currently ranked 4th and Wozniacki 10th on the WTA. They showed the kind of stamina, agility, athleticism and charm required to be a bona fide tennis star today. It was as close to a Grand Slam as I've ever been, next to watching one on TV. I hope to see a Roland Garros finale in the next three years!
"I've been a fan for 10 years," I shared with Elizabeth. "Seeing my idols play in person and getting to blog about the experience - I've come full circle. Thank you."
So anyway -
I'M GIVING MY AUTOGRAPHED PROGRAM BOOK AWAY!
Just post a Comment below in 50 words or less, why you love tennis. I'll pick my favourite and, next Sunday, June 2 at 7pm HKT (UTC + 8), I'll announce the winner!
This is a small way to thank you, dear readers, for having been steadfast fans of my Tennis Balls posts.
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