You see these guys, nearly 5 hrs. on the court, you begin to understand it’s like a 100-round heavyweight slugfest with racquets instead of fists. It’s will-on-will, like the deep-sea sport fisherman strapped and belted in his chair, anchored to the floor of the boat, friends wiping the sweat off his forehead and putting a bottle to his lips, because he can’t take his hands off the rod, else the marlin should slip away from his grasp, just like in a Hemingway novel.
At the end, neither combatant, Nadal nor Thiem, deserved to be vanquished. This was an honorable fight! And, no, can’t see a professional golfer having to struggle, nae, suffer, the way the players in singles tennis must. Nadal is prepared to suffer, always. And after last night, it appears Thiem also is equipped to suffer. Life is suffering. We just don’t have to fetishize the pain and the discomfort, that’s all. Buddhists, Stoics are pretty close to the Right Way to Live, probably.
Unfortunately, Sport, even elite-level competition such as this, is not a Proxy for Politics. In Sport, mainly, the rules are the rules and the lines and measurements are drawn out equally for all parties. So, perhaps, Sport becomes the superior spectacle right about now. Horseracing always! Tennis always! Golf — ehhh. Thank you!
#5 Lover’s Leap ($7.50, BestLine Fair Odds 1.82-1)
#9 Janine Melnitz ($25.20, BestLine Fair Odds 5.21-1)
Nice card this evening at a humid but fast-and-firm PennNat. Race 1 has a couple of fine overlay-types. Race 2 has one, too. Two more in the sixth. And the final two in the nightcap.
Find your guys to wipe the perspiration off your forehead, put the bottle to your lips and then who’ll support you in the struggle.