A couple days ago my wife left the television on when she left, and I’m sitting here on the computer. I caught a few glimpses of this tennis tournament that’s currently going on, and was struck by how incredibly badly some of these people were playing.
I don’t remember their names, but one guy hit the net something like 6 out of 8 serves. They mentioned that he had never won on a clay court before, while his opponent apparently was a master of the clay court, racking up an impressive number of clay victories. The court couldn’t have been that much of a factor, as he couldn’t even make the serve and get the ball to his opponent to hit.
Fast forward a bit, and I look over and two women are playing. Same thing, whiffing on serves and just generally (to my untrained eyes) poor play. Not quite as bad as the guy before her, but not what I’d expect to see in a professional championship game.
This is supposed to be some sort of world championship? I’m picturing pitchers in MLB not getting the ball over the plate 6 out of 8 tries, or quarterbacks in the NFL bobbling the snap 6 out of 8 plays. I understand nerves are a factor and all, but seriously? Is it that common for the best players in tennis to routinely whiff on serves like that?
Maybe I was looking at the first round, and someone squeaked into the tournament and couldn’t play with the big boys? I got caught up in Terraria and didn’t really watch more of it.