Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tennis Poetry, Wimbledon 2019

Hi. I am tennis writer Chris Oddo. I am here to write a Wimbledon poem.

Wish me luck.

[Begin Tennis Poetry]

Wimbledon 2019

Every year I get down on my knees
and snap a grass selfie
it's usually like the Saturday before the Championships
dreaming of all the possibilities
this is where they all came
this is tennis Mecca
this is where McEnroe qualified and made the semis
where white catsuit maxed out
where Ashe smoked Connors like a rusted cigar
where viking god Borg came after pillaging Roland Garros
where the Williams ran roughshod,
superwomen, avengers, skyscrapers among duplexes.

Every year I see the light as it fades,
contemplate the absurdity of tennis on grass,
the sound of a bounce y'all
the sound
of a bounce...

Every year I flip through the compendium for an arcane fact about a Wimbledon that was,
a bridge connects me to another time, way back before the bombs,
and I get closer to what tennis really is at its essence.

How it's a literary sport,
a sport for thinkers,
lovers of nuance and embracers of the slow creep of the ivy that climbs the Centre Court walls,
how everybody thinks you're cool that you're there
or is that just you thinking you're cool and projecting it on them?

And every year I marvel at the visuals.
If those vivid livid green carpets could tell stories they'd tell you who was hard on them.
They'd tell you who smashed what stick on what baseline and who spat at the ground when the forehand lost its range.
They'd tell you of years full of tears,
of flying ants of happenstance.

It doesn't even matter who wins.
Or how much sleep I get.
Or if it rained
or if it shined.

Just as long as time stood still--and it always does.

[End Tennis Poetry]

A thing about a tweet part 2

The Tweet:

The Thing:

I don't even know what to say about this. Is this like even in context? Federer has played like 9 zillion big points since 2007.

Also, rather than see Federer's ability to lose tough matches as a flaw, consider this: He already has 20 Slams, and he's always pushing for more. This dude is as relentless as they come and he's a freak of nature playing as well as he is at 37 (38 in LESS than a month).

A thing about a tweet

The tweet:

The thing: Did you know that both Williams sisters have saved match points en route to winning a Wimbledon title and Venus did it in a final?

After Wimbledon Question Marks (in a Tennisy way)

Ten questions on tennis right now because...

Hi, I am tennis writer Chris Oddo. I just got back from Wimbledon. It was epic. How are you?

[clears throat]

I will now randomly ask tennis questions to tennisy people in a tennisy way. (feel free to answer them)

[Begin Blog Post]
1. Who was better, Borg or Laver?
2. When will Coco Gauff crack the top 50?
3. Can Nole keep winning all the Slams, all the time?
4. What will comedic legend Li Na say in her Hall of Fame induction speech?
5. Is Stefanos Tsitsipas our savior?
6. Is Lenglen the best showcourt in all of tennis?
7. Will an American man EVER win another major?
8. Will a French man EVER win another Roland Garros?
9. Which player saved match points at Wimbledon in 1960 (in the quarters) and went on to win the Challenge Cup?
10. If we allowed coaching at Davis Cup why not on the tours then?
[End Blog Post]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Here Is How Wimbledon Seeds the Gentlemen's Singles Draw

And this is all you really need to know...

Sure, we can debate whether or not it's fair (that's fun, and some might even say healthy).

But just don't act surprised when Wimbledon uses the formula that it said it was going to use and has been using for a while now...