Tennis

ROLAND GARROS

Tennis buffs will know that this can only mean one thing: the French Open Tournament. Yes! We got daypasses and saw some completely amazing tennis, right in front of our eyes - we were courtside. The groupies we are.

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The reality of mass events these days is that it takes about an hour to get in. Here Dante is going through maybe the third bag check and patting down.    

The reality of mass events these days is that it takes about an hour to get in. Here Dante is going through maybe the third bag check and patting down. 

 

This bomb dog looked very special. It also liked Lili and gave her a little lick! 

This bomb dog looked very special. It also liked Lili and gave her a little lick! 

The first match we saw was between Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer, both from Spain.  Here they are in set three. Both were incredibly strong hitters with serves in excess of 200 km/h.

The first match we saw was between Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer, both from Spain.  Here they are in set three. Both were incredibly strong hitters with serves in excess of 200 km/h.

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Lopez behind Lili and Dante. This match became an epic five setter - see the match clock in the corner - at three hours and twenty five minutes and counting.  

Lopez behind Lili and Dante. This match became an epic five setter - see the match clock in the corner - at three hours and twenty five minutes and counting.  

Lopez finally won it - in just under four hours.  

Lopez finally won it - in just under four hours.  

Then we saw the super gifted yet volatile Nick Kyrgios from Australia. He played against a fellow from South Africa. 

Then we saw the super gifted yet volatile Nick Kyrgios from Australia. He played against a fellow from South Africa. 

Nick was right in front of us and unfortunately he ended up losing the match. This was one of his bad days (he even broke a racket in anger) but we are still glad to have seen him.

Nick was right in front of us and unfortunately he ended up losing the match. This was one of his bad days (he even broke a racket in anger) but we are still glad to have seen him.

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Then we saw Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro win her game against Roumanian Sorana Cirstea.  

Then we saw Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro win her game against Roumanian Sorana Cirstea.  

We spent the entire day at the event. They have tennis on 18 courts - no shortage of matches to choose from.  

We spent the entire day at the event. They have tennis on 18 courts - no shortage of matches to choose from.  

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In the concourse there are many areas where to watch the games on big screens. The stores were pretty cool too. Dante got a commemorative T-shirt.   This was the first time for all of us to attend a mega size professional sports event. I have to say that having been at a grand slam was very impressive.

In the concourse there are many areas where to watch the games on big screens. The stores were pretty cool too. Dante got a commemorative T-shirt.

This was the first time for all of us to attend a mega size professional sports event. I have to say that having been at a grand slam was very impressive.

P.S. This is pure trivia but here goes: Roland Garros was not a tennis player, he was a fighter pilot! He died at the age of thirty in 1918, and the tennis park was named in his honor by the builder who was his friend.

BOO TENNIS TV

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Hmmm. Many of you know that we don't have a TV and that's a good thing. But I do love watching tennis every now and then, and have even been known to occasionally crash about with a racket myself.

Right now I am particularly interested in the renaissance of Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer - but there are also some great and super talented young players such as Nick Kyrgios. And the French player Gael Monfils is an extraordinary mover on court, just amazing to watch. On the women's side I am of course a big fan of Serena Williams and also interested in Jo Konta.

So I bought a membership to Tennis TV so that I could watch some of the games on my iPad. 

But imagine my dismay when I realized that Tennis TV - who apparently have the exclusive streaming rights to the ATP circuit - only stream tennis by male players. No women, no mixed doubles, only men men men. And men. I guess they have been taking their cues from Novak Djokovich who, in all earnestness, said that female tennis players should rightly be paid less than males in tournaments 'because nobody wants to watch them play'. In honour of this statement and sentiment, this blog is tagged 'DINOSAURS'.

Game, set and match. Good thing I only paid for a month.

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