Friday, January 28, 2011

A Tennis Point Is Like A Woman

Written in the style of Ernest Hemingway.
"A tennis point is like a woman," said Anand. "If I was a tennis coach, that's what I'd tell my players."

Bala continued watching the TV. He didn't bother asking for an explanation. He was not weary of Anand, but he didn't ask him to explain. When the commercials came on, Anand resumed.

"When the point begins, you have moments to figure out how you're going to play her. Forget the aces; you're out of their league. And double faults are low-life scums. But the rallies; the rallies are where you play the game and score."

Live coverage resumed, but Anand kept going.

"Is she an easy one? Can I go for a winner early? Or does she play hard-to-get, throwing all your moves back in your face?"

Bala increased the volume. Anand fell silent.

"You always support the champions, don't you?" asked Anand.
"What do you mean?"
"The winners. You always support the guys who are definitely going to win."
"No I don't."
"Sure you do. Who do you support in this match?"

"When have you ever supported a challenger?" asked Anand.
"Why do you support challengers? Don't you want to back a winner?"
"It's about the underdog, man. I support the underdog."

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