What do you do at 3:00 a.m.? Shhh, someone might be asleep, not us. We set our alarm and were up to watch tennis, the 2017 Australian Open in Melbourne. We didn’t want to miss one stroke, from 3:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m–for two weeks. And that was after watching from 9:00 p.m. to sometimes 1:00 a.m.
As the tournament was reaching its climax, it got more difficult to stay awake. So, we had a meeting of the minds, and decided that going to bed around 8:00 p.m. was at least a way to get in a couple more hours of sleep. When it was all over we had to come down from that high watching our favorites win. And get some sleep!
“There was a great deal at stake for Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, far more than having to push aside her older sister” said USA Today journalist Sandra Harwitt. “For Serena, the 6-4, 6-4 win Saturday to hoist the Australian Open trophy for a seventh time establishes a record. At 35, she is the only player–man or woman–to win 23 Grand Slam tournament singles titles in the open era.”
Serena is thrilled. She said she feels like she has been chasing it for a long time. Once it got on her radar, she knew the possibilities. She finally succeeded at the Australian Open this year.
Rising to the top is tough, but the journey leads to a joyous finale. Experiencing the win gave Roger his 18th Grand Slam. I love what Sandra Harwitt, USA Today journalist said, “So when experiencing a great victory, a champion tries to store the grand achievement, in slow motion, in his memory bank.
At least that is how Roger Federer, 35, suggests he handles the milestones of his life, including his latest successful quest of glory — 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win Sunday against Rafael Nadal, 30, his oldest rival in the game, in the final of the Australian Open.”
Tennis–one of my successful careers as a teaching pro, and member of the USPTA. FYI, in order to be a USPTA member, you have to pass a written and on-court exam. A member of the organization for forty years, they have awarded me lifetime membership. They commissioned me to paint a scene for their 75th anniversary in 2002. The painting is in Houston, TX at their national headquarters. Players in the painting are Jimmy Connors, Chrissy Everett, Jack Kramer, Roscoe Tanner, Billy Jean King, Pam Shriver, John McEnroe, Peter Fleming, Arthur Ashe, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Althea Gibson, Stan Smith.