The thing I love about tennis, is that the fast line of the sport is so individualistic. It’s like one person, picks up a tennis racquet made of cat gut, or synthetic nylon, puts themselves into a squared area with a net, and bashes the crap out of tennis ball, as a solo individual athlete sportsperson, tactician and entertainer.
The whole gig to tennis phenomenon then, is that we get an up close look at an individual’s fighting spirit. A gladiator with a tennis racket, competing against another gladiator down t’other end of court. Therefore the effectiveness of tennis as a sporting phenomenon, comes from the sports supporters and avid fans of the game. None are more passionate perhaps than players themselves, or sports commentators and tennis reporters.
So when Rafael Nadal stepped out on court today in the U.S Open final, the L.A Times wrote this: “Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, and becomes the third-youngest man in the Open era to win at least one of each major. Their photo credit was: Rafael Nadal of Spain performs his customary check of the trophy mettle during the awards presentation following his victory over Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open men’s final on Monday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The photo was taken by Kevin Lamarque for Reuters.
CBS Sport opted to use the “SLAM” word for punchy effect, going with: Nadal completes career Grand Slam with US Open title.
The times again, had glorified Nadal‘s ability to conquer weather (a favorite metaphor under an Obama Presidency) in his earlier match rounds by writing: Rafael Nadal rises above the wind, defeats Fernando Verdasco.
Tennis Fan House wrote: Rafael Nadal Wins U.S. Open, Completes Career Grand Slam — Tennis opting to focus on Nadal’s completion at top competitive level, across a series of matches.
This was Nadal’s first US Tennis Open Trophy, which The Huffingtonpost, was mystified over, writing “Everyone, even Rafael Nadal himself, tried to explain why he kept leaving the US Open without a trophy.” Well not today, he clinched it. Congrats to both Nadal and Novak Djokovic for being champion at the U.S Open this year.
And let’s hope Spain’s economy can be inspired by Nadal, and learn from what he knows on court.
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~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.13.10~