If you have never played Tennis in a clay court and has the misfortune to play it for first time in a big match you may learn the following in a hard way.
10. Those cute looking marks in the court aren’t designs! They are winners hit by your opponent to dispose off previous players. And now you are the target!
9. You didn’t overhit! No you really didn’t!! It’s just a natural reflex for a first timer.
8. It’s not slow motion! It’s called top spin on a clay court by someone who knows how to play here.
7. As for your own so-called “spin”, don’t try to embarrass yourself and your “fans” by pretending it was the racquet’s fault the ball hit the net.
6. The wind feels like standing still, and you feel like in a sauna and you are still in the first set! Well what do you expect playing here in the middle of the summer.
5. There is nothing wrong with the scoreboard looking so one-sided. Just getting to deuce doesn’t mean much. You still have to win the game!
4. Standing that far behind baseline expecting a big serve gives you the same chance of returning the ball as someone sitting in the audience.
3. If your “fan” (6-yr old daughter in this case) runs cheerfully to you at the end of the match asking the score, just pretend the scorecard treats “home” as “away”
2. The ball will not rise no matter how much you want, except when you least expect it to! So at least keep your eyes open while hitting it.
1. On the bright side, at least you will give more respect to this court the next time you face one.