Monday, June 7, 2010

Tennis: Grass Courts Tennis!!!

After months of watching tennis being battled on clay, it's finally grass court season, and by season I mean 4 weeks, two weeks of regular tournament play, and two weeks of Wimbledon. The shortest season within the tennis calendar, but also the most significant, history-wise. I LOVE GRASS COURT TENNIS!!! It's such a breath of fresh air after months of grueling tennis on the dirty and gritty clay. Grass is the ultimate opposite of clay, the color, the style of play, and down to what they stand for. Clay court tennis is long, tormenting, physically demanding; and grass court tennis is crisp, it's short, it's about agility and thinking on your feet, it's about power and dominance. Grass tennis often produce the most consistent result, the dominant ones dominates, much unlike clay, very little surprise winners or upsets occurs on grass, it's the surface that separates the great from the good.

I can't wait to hear a tennis ball being struck on a grass court. Because of the bounce on a grass court, the sound of a ball coming off a racket is different also. It's the most crisp ball-striking sound, and it's pure joy to hear a ball being struck perfectly.

And not to mention the all-white dress code at Wimbledon, the poster-tournament of tennis. While the sport is always looking forward and updating all facets, it's good to have Wimbledon to remind people where the sport came from and how far it has come to become one of the biggest global sport. And yes, the dress-code, the most famous dress-code of all. I don't have a problem with it, till this day, I think white looks the best on a grass court, it just pops and it stands out, and it's so English, the world can use some class today and Wimbledon is where you're gonna find it.

I can't wait to see the tennis outfits too, it's always interesting to see how creative people can get with white, and there were some knock-outs in the past years since Sharapova came on the scene, and don't forget the Williams and the new Chinese brands, they're all gearing up for the marketing mayhem that is Wimbledon.

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