Versmold Impressions – part one [13/7/18]

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Flabbergasting

Versmold – “Which one is Zaja?” This I was asked by a colleague with pretty costly and mouthwatering equipment in the last third of the first set between Anna Zaja and Laura Siegemund, with Anna just having been announced by the chair umpire to be the next one to serve after a change of ends and the arrow pointing on her name on the scoreboard…

Relative


Everything is but relative. Fled Corsica a few years ago due to the for me unbearable heat. Learned a bit about the true value of shadow back then. This morning it was nice to see the sun arriving after some rather chilly hours. But how worthwhile it is to come back to life in bright and warm morning light, to brush one’s teeth and wash one’s hair with sparkling water out of the bottle, to pack and reorganize things, a short ‘Thank you’ note written and off we go, me and my jolly Vespa, into a fresh and new day.

Versmold

The insects stopped by to say hello, but then were polite enough to leave me alone overnight. My plan had been to return home that evening, but then tiredness came and so I decided to find me a cozy spot to sleep in the open. And I had a lovely rest out there. My hopes for nice tennis in nice Westphalian evening light yesterday were hugely justified. Let’s see, what this day has to offer…

No risk no fun

Well, just decided to go to Versmold today. Especially the encounter Siegemund vs Witthoeft in beautiful Westphalian evening light is enticing to me. But Anna Zaja becomes more and more interesting as a player as well, especially when competing against on paper stronger opponents like Cagla Buyukakcay in this case. Let’s see, how my neck is working. Could happen, that I’ll have to turn round midway between. But I refuse to give in to the attempts of this moody chap called ‘health’ to gouge me into early senectitude. No risk, no fun…

Neat


A catholic conference. Five minutes playing on a large and well-tempered grand piano, 60 min break then, five minutes playing again, 60 min break.. definitely could be worse… 😉