30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 11: A player nobody would expect you to love
August 6, 2011 7 Comments
oboHow can one possible know what is expected from him? Tennis-wise? As I write this post, I’m still trying to figure this one out. But the show must go on, and a while ago I already had chosen who will illustrate this post.
It’s a woman. And she’s not among that group of four or five I always bring up when talking about my tennis acquaintances (huh… can I use this word?). I also wasn’t a fan of her in a first moment, then I started respecting her and the respect evolved into cheering.
So, even though I won’t root for her if she plays one of my Tier I favorites, I can say Bethanie Mattek-Sands is the player nobody would expect me to love/like. Surprised? Because I was surprised myself when I realized I liked her. That’s guaranteed her entrance in this list.
And why I surprised myself? Well, I don’t know. I have this feeling only girls, mainly American girls and ultimate WTA KADs like Bethanie – and I meet none of these requirements. And did I mention I didn’t like her before? You may find the story here, a post I wrote, dedicated to her and Fish, by the time of Roland Garros, praising their top rankings among American players.
In case you won’t click the hyperlink (most of you), here goes a quick recap: I always thought she was just seeking for attention to make up for her lack of results and keep her on the spotlight. And for a long time I believed that, thought she was way overrated, and that I could never like a player for those reasons.
But just like that, she started winning. Not enough to get her to the top-10, or to a Grand Slam final, but enough to attract some attention to her results. Well, kinda – she will be forever remembered by her… well, that thing she wore at the Wimbledon players’ party.
Whatever. She’s the American #1 as of today. And it’s not about circumstances (ok, totally is), but about saying ‘hi’ and taking the Chances on a romantic date, on a rooftop, drinking wine, to the light of two candles. If life gives you lemons… or if injuries sideline the Williams sisters, you go out there and turn into the #1 American.