Tennis Rules I’d Like to See

Since starting this blog a couple of months ago, I’ve devoted large chunks of time to thinking about how to improve my game. I’ve pondered how to adjust to playing outside and how to be bolder and how to tailor my game to my opponent. Self-improvement is hard!

But then I got to thinking, maybe I’m going about this all wrong. Maybe it’s the game of tennis that needs some work, not me!

In the spirit of making a lasting contribution to the sport–and having nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I’m in New York and have no time for a full-blown blog post–I humbly submit three suggestions for how tennis can be a better game. Continue reading “Tennis Rules I’d Like to See”

The Friday Fashion Face-off Best-Dressed Woman Award

The men’s and women’s tours may have migrated to grass, but here at LittleYellowBall, we’re still knee-deep in the clay. Today we’re voting on the ladies of the French Open. Continue reading “The Friday Fashion Face-off Best-Dressed Woman Award”

There’s Something About Simona

Okay, show of hands–who cried when Simona Halep won on Saturday? I definitely got a little choked up. (Many years ago, I cried at the end of the movie Free Willie and was mercilessly mocked by my husband. I try to keep my happy-crying under wraps these days.)

I can’t even say I’m a huge Halep fan, but goodness, did she work hard for this! Three previous times she has come up empty-handed. Last year must have been exceptionally heartbreaking. The favorite going into the final, she ended up losing to complete unknown Jelena Ostapenko. Ouch.

Although there are players I root for more, I do enjoy watching Simona for her sheer relatability. Here’s what I mean: Continue reading “There’s Something About Simona”

The Friday Fashion Face-off Best-Dressed Man Award

This year’s French Open is winding down–as I write this, Nadal and del Potro are battling it out for a spot in the final. (Well, the first set was a battle. Now it’s just a beatdown.)

It’s time to take stock of the year’s French Open fashion. We’ll vote on the best-dressed man and leave the women for next Friday. Continue reading “The Friday Fashion Face-off Best-Dressed Man Award”

Refilling the Tank

For years I’ve brought a banana to my tennis matches. It seemed like the perfect pick-me-up food. It has carbs. It has potassium. It has a peel so your hands don’t get sticky.

Besides, I used to see Nadal and Sharapova chowing down on bananas during the changeovers. Hey, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me!

But lately I’ve been seeing fewer bananas on the court and more energy gels. The pros tear open the foil packets and squeeze the gel directly into their mouths. It all looks very science-y and futuristic, like something astronauts would eat. Continue reading “Refilling the Tank”

Changeover Chit-Chat

One thing I’ve noticed in my years of league play is the different levels of tolerance for chit-chat.

In principle, we probably all agree on three match-day goals: We’re here to have fun. We want the visiting team to feel welcome. We want to be able to focus on our game.

Yet how these principles play out in practice can vary tremendously.

At one extreme, I’ve played against people who don’t introduce themselves and who stare stonily at me if I say “good shot.” These people often turn out to be perfectly sociable when the match is over. Continue reading “Changeover Chit-Chat”

A Quickie Poll: Will Maria Beat Serena Tomorrow???

In my recent post about Sharapova, I said she’d never beat Serena. (Well, of course, she has beaten her twice…but the last time was fourteen years ago!)

I wasn’t expecting Sharapova to get another crack at it so soon. The two career-slammers will meet tomorrow in the fourth round of the French Open. Sharapova looked sharp in her demolition of Pliskova yesterday…but Pliskova also looked uninspired and flat throughout the match.

Whatever happens tomorrow, we know Serena’s going to be gunning to win. Serena’s looking impressive but still seems a step slower than her old self. If Maria’s ever going to save some face, now would be the time. Continue reading “A Quickie Poll: Will Maria Beat Serena Tomorrow???”

Friday Fashion Face-off: The Comic Book Edition

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Serena’s strutting her stuff in a black catsuit at the French Open. (And if you have been living under a rock, come back out. It’s dark and wormy under there.)

I wasn’t going to touch the catsuit in the face-off. I figured she’d had plenty of press on it already. But when the topic comes up on the tennis court, I’m immediately asked if I’m going to include it in the blog. The consensus seems to be that I have to. So, for you rock dwellers out there, here’s the catsuit… Continue reading “Friday Fashion Face-off: The Comic Book Edition”

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