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Every year, or so it seems

July 8, 2012 - Pam Rodgers
I am not an avid tennis fan. I like sports, that’s no secret. Catch me in the right mood I can watch any event (except maybe golf). The point is, unless it’s baseball or football, I never seem to actively seek out other sports to watch on TV.

However, it seems that no matter what my summer is like, I always watch some part of the Wimbledon final. Whether it is just five minutes or the whole match, I seem to always turn it on, and immediately get into to it. This year was no exception.

Tennis seems to be such an exhausting sport that I have the utmost respect for anyone who is good at it. Sure baseball and football games last three hours sometimes, but it’s a team sport. There are subs and breaks to give the athletes the needed rest. In tennis, it’s just you versus “the other guy.” Sure there are breaks between sets but it’s hardly comparable to the time spent on the court.

It’s true that I have a very basic to non-existent understanding of the sport. I have played it recreationally but my softball instinct seems to take over at times and I send the ball sailing out of bounds or over the fence.

So no matter what your opinion is about tennis, my opinion will always be that those who play tennis are some of the greatest athletes in sports. The strength and endurance each player shows is phenomenal.

Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon title, by the way. For full results, read Monday’s edition of the T-R.



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