Saturday, June 25, 2011

New balls please!

Don't you just love Wimbledon? Well I do. Tennis is the only sport that I will watch every day, for two weeks. It's always a source of amusement to me that the two national sports of England, namely cricket and lawn tennis, are played on grass and require sunshine. It invariably spills rain! Wouldn't happen at the Dubai Open!
A group of us went there in 2003 ..... I think. As was typical of the Arabs, they organised a world class tournament, paid the top tennis players a fortune to take part, but unfortunately overlooked one little detail. The locals had no interest in tennis and the ex-pat population was very limited. It was being beamed out over the world, so it wouldn't look good for them if the stadium was empty. So one of the Sheiks bought all the tickets......and gave them out for free! Happy days. That is why we made the hour's trip from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.

Now this is what I call proper tennis weather! Are you paying attention Wimbledon?

But even with free tickets you can see how crowded it was!!!

I'm loving the lady in the front wearing the veil...and the jeans!

The top seed was of course Roger Federer. He was last onto court that evening.
Hence the grainy picture!

None of us gave his opponent much attention. After all he was just some young whippersnapper. What was his name? Oh yes....Rafael Nadal!!!
I can't believe that I didn't even take a photo of him, I had never even heard of him way back then! And now he is the main reason I watch the tennis. How we have both came on in the world over the past 8 years!!!
Can you imagine Wimbledon giving away free tickets to see a Federer-Nadal match? Nope, me neither.

I was watching Nadal on tv the other day and he whipped off his top to reveal......

A Farmer's Tan!!!
His tan only goes up to the top of his arms and then he is pasty.......ripped, but pasty!
What's that all about?
I thought as a Spaniard he would be tanned all over.
Alas, another image shattered. Sigh!