Saturday, December 25, 2010
Apologies for my silence. Real life intruded and I was forced to spend some time away from the blog. Things are finally beginning to fall into place so that I can once again start giving tennis some focus. The cold weather has not helped at all. I miss living in the west and being able to play tennis all year. This east coast cold weather is seriously trying. It's supposed to snow tonight. Bummer.
Apologies for not having met the assigned quota of 100 articles per year. I have had more than 100 ideas, but not even 100 minutes to write them. I suppose I could go on a mad writing spree and try to meet the assigned quota. But this blog has always been more about quality than quantity so do just forgive.
The good news. Roger Federer has closed out the year in style. It was fitting that he faced Rafael Nadal in the finals of the year-end championships. It was fitting that he beat him, convincingly. I can't begin to capture how happy I am that Roger ended the season on this high note. And then for both men to turn around and join in support of each other's charities.
I hope that the next generation of tennis players are watching and learning. The Sampras-Agassi era ended with the ignominy of a tasteless exchange during a charitable match for Haiti. Roger and Rafa represent the best of tennis rivalries, where competition is paramount but the rivalry is not fueled by hate. What a sweet message for this season that is supposed to be about love and peace.
Merry Xmas to those who celebrate it. Season's greetings for those who don't. Peace and love to everyone. And may the New Year bring you all of what you need and most of what you want.