US Open is underway and there have already been some big surprises: Simona Halep was defeated by Daria Snigur (125 WTA), Elena Rybakina, this year’s Wimbledom champion, lost to qualifier Clara Burel (131 WTA), and Emma Raducanu lost in the first round. True, Emma lost to Alizé Cornet, who is a good player, better than her WTA ranking (40), and capable of defeating any player on a good day.
I haven’t followed the men’s game, so I don’t know what happened there, but I did catch a little of Carlos Alcaraz’s game yesterday and he was far removed from the form he showed when he defeated both Nadal and Djokovic in the same tournament! As for Nadal, he won his first-round game with Rinky Hijikata (198 ATP), but surprisingly he lost a set. Maybe he’s still finding his feet, so to speak—although it’s a sad quip because Nadal has been struggling for many years with necrosis in one of the bones of his left foot. He won the French Open this year with injections numbing his pain—and his whole foot. In any event, I think he has it in him to win the US Open as well. I’m just sad he doesn’t get to enjoy it as much as he should. As much as Federer, for instance, seemed to be doing until he began to struggle with injuries in recent years.
Then back to the women’s game, Serena Williams is playing her last tournament at US Open. She’s still wonderful but not in top form. Being Serena, though, she may just win US Open regardless. I’m glad I can see her play this summer. For this tournament she’s wearing a glittery outfit and sparkles in her hair—she is a queen and it’s been a joy to watch her all these years I’ve been following tennis.
These players inspire me a great deal, even though I’m no player of the game myself. I would have liked to learn to really play tennis but I didn’t (I just dabbled a little) and now it’s too late, and my concern right now is to get my back in better shape, because it sometimes gets stuck. I’m reading Andre Agassi played through back pain, but I’m no Andre Agassi 🙂
Instead, I channel my love of tennis in various graphic designs. A while ago I created some cute modern compositions with the slogan “Born to play” along with a racquet and a tennis ball, but I was focused on baby bodysuits at the time and overlooked the chance to create some nice designs for older kids and adults as well. So here they are, new and improved!
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I have tennis balls as well! Note that printing does influence the way the ball will bounce. They still make for great keepsakes, though, and for unique gifts to celebrate a baby born in a family of tennis players.
And two more T-shirts, for teenager and adult men and women. The second one has a gender-neutral red color in the name, so it can be used by both women and men. Well, unlike pink, for instance, blue is also rather neutral in my book. Please note that if you like the first T-shirt design better (the one with a man) and you want it for a woman, you can click on it and simply switch it to a women’s tee on the Zazzle site.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! As always, pins and shares and much appreciated!
To a happier, healthier life,