Tennis court, Lachine.
"Don't I look like Victoria Azarenka, but 9 months pregnant,"
That's what I said to a friend, yesterday as we prepared to play a game of tennis.
I made a little WOOOO sound.
Well, we weren't PLAYING a game, per se. Hitting the ball back and forth is more like it.. That's good enough for both of us right now. Us almost Golden Agers.
My friend didn't know what I meant. She doesn't follow professional tennis. She just grabs a friend, goes out on her bike to one of the many lovely courts in Lachine, Quebec and tosses the ball around..
She JUST DOES IT!
Actually, she's just started playing racquet sports again after twenty years. She's recently retired - and a very active retiree, who bikes and swims and participates in all kinds of fitness courses.
(It's easy when you live in beautiful Lachine with its bike paths and tennis courts.)
She's a retired professor of physiotherapy.
She stopped playing tennis years ago, because it was affecting her joints.
But her sister, also retired, took some tennis lessons recently. . And her sister has a history of back and foot problems.
"If my sister can take it up again, so can I," my friend told me.
Besides, did I mention? She's an expert in physio
I've never played tennis, (for any longer than an afternoon) although I did play racquetball and squash in college, the hacker variety. (We used to love to tie up the courts at McGill so a certain prof couldn't find a place to play.)
And ping pong, where I could beat most anyone, even my athletic best friend, who was a great tennis player.
I had excellent eye-hand coordination.
But that is (WHOA) 40 years ago, even before the Sarajevo Olympics.
And I played a bit of tennis when I dutifully put my sons in lessons about 15 years ago. But I was a tired stressed out mother with sore knees back then, sore knees from carrying huge sleepy children up and down stairs in my arms, male children who are now the age and size of your average professional tennis player.
Yesterday, I said "I look like Azarenka," because I am 5 foot 11, a good height for a tennis player and I was wearing tight latex pants, not necessarily the best look for someone close to 60 years old. (Chris Evert was born 20 days after me, but doesn't she look great!)
But I no longer care about such things. And to the youths playing in the adjacent court I might as well be invisible.
(The joys of aging.)
So we two hit the ball around and I found the pilates and weights I've been doing has made my right arm pretty strong.
And I still have good eye-hand coordination. (If only my knees will hold up.)
And I instinctively went for the lines and had to apologize, because that wasn't the point of this pick up game.
I decided to take another stab at the game of tennis last week when I saw two lonely abandoned tennis courts as I walked the dogs in Rigaud, near where I live.
Rafa NADAL. I took this two weeks ago at the Rogers Cup
So there is a court nearby! And it's almost always EMPTY.
I just needed a partner. My husband is game, except he had a childhood eye issue which has left him with a blind spot the size of Brazil (As Bridget Jones says.) He's built just like David Ferrer, oddly enough.
I have another friend my age who is a serious player. She played 5 hours the other day in the heat. .An inspiration she is, but not a fitting partner.
I know another super fit couple my age, who play tennis - and snowshoe and skydive etc.. But clearly they'd blow me off the court.
This old family friend is perfect. And she's a physio,too.
Yesterday, in the humid 27 degree heat I played tennis exactly 20 minutes with my fit physiotherapy professor friend and had to stop. My heart hurt.
Despite the fact I like to dance to 30's swing music, in my living room, I am not in nearly as good shape as she is. She hadn't broken a sweat and my face (I later saw in the car rear view mirror) was BEET red.
But I hope to be in shape. If I can keep from getting injured. But did I tell you? My friend is a physiotherapist?
I took this of Tomas Berdych.
Nadal is seeded 2 and Berdych 5 at the 2013 US Open.
I took this of Dancevic. What a hard road it is for qualifiers... Dancevic has another quali match today and then he gets into the first round of the US Open and has to beat Djokovic or someone similar..
Dimitrov is seeded 25 and the Media is pulling for him as the Next Big Thing, because he is so pretty to watch..