Finally! Dubai Tennis Open is over and I'm a bit late in posting this update. Haha!
Anyway, as part of the family tradition or shall I say – hobby, we are finally back from the busyness that tennis has somehow brought in our lives. Ever since me and my sisters were younger, we'd always visit the tennis stadium especially if the world- known players are around. Before, it was just a go-with-the-flow thing as I wasn't that much interested and I just went because my dad loves it so much – as if it's his life. But recently, as I get to watch the players during their games in different areas of the world, I slowly got that bit of interest kicking in until it grew bigger and I'm more than interested and I love knowing and getting to see the players too. Last year (2015), we had absolutely NO absents and watched both women's and men's game except for the semis and finals as it was way too expensive. Nevertheless, it's a good thing that there's a big screen just outside the grandstand where the game can still be viewed which is also a good thing for those who unfortunately can't make it to the big court inside. Thankfully, even it was tiring, it was worth running after the players, getting pictures and autographs too. I cannot count how many of the players got to sign autographs as they were too many to be counted. And for the pictures, well, there were a lot too and all of them, I uploaded on Facebook.
This year's tennis was different. Although my parents were always on the go and regularly watched the games, me and my sisters hadn't got much chance to do so as things are a little different now. We somehow got to homeschooling and so we missed out on a lot which was definitely not bad at all. Of course, studies are more important than anything else and because of this chance given, tennis or other second-level thing should just be under studying which is the top priority as of now. (BTW, A big thank you to God for providing!) But of course, I don't want ya'll to think that I haven't watched any of the games. I/ we still got to watch a couple of the ladies' games. We even got to watch in the grandstand ( Thanks to a special person for the free tickets) when Jankovic and Bencic play. Whew! What can I say? Jankovic is Jankovic – the moves and strategies... It is so her and she's a tough and a really good player. As for Bencic who lost the game that night, she did good too and the fact that she's just 18 makes my jaws instantly drop. Special thank you also to the free tickets allowing my parents to watch the finals. The tickets are way too costly ranging from 700 - 1,500 dhs per person and getting 'em for free is WOW! The finals was a game me and my sisters ought not to miss. Even if my parents were the only ones who watched the game live, well – we watched it live too. On TV. The match between Erina and Strycova gave me thrills as I wanted Strycova to win and so are the thousands of people on the court as the commentator said but she wasn't lucky that day. Anyway, few days before the finals when we watched some games on court, I got to take a picture with the pretty Strycova. She was cheerful and she did entertain the fans.
The next amazing thing that has happened is me finally getting to meet Nickolas Kyrgios! Back when he defeated Nadal, I already knew that I was fangirling -- not on 1D or other people but to a tennis player. It's not like it's over -acting but I know he's a good player and deserves some support even if he's not that patient and even if he's known as the badboy on court. (I really don't care!) It was unexpected since he did play at the grand stand and at that time, we had no tickets available. We went to a party before that and decided to head straight to the tennis court. We knew Kyrgios would play so we just wanted to atleast see him pass through the pathway before he heads inside. But sometimes, things happen in th emost unexpected way. Just at that time, God again sent someone to help us watch the game inside. Free tickets! Thank God for everything. It was all unexpected and never crossed our minds but He just made us so happy that day. And not just that, after the match with Klizan which Kyrgios won over, me and my sisters quickly hurried outside before Nick comes out so we could get autographs and photos. And we did just that. After buying a marker and getting a free Tennis magazine, we were just in time to get autographs. I actually have a video of Nick walking down but the nicest thing that day that I would like to share is the picture I had with him! He was trying to make a pose (a badboy pose) but I haven't captured that because my hands were shaking. (Haha!) To sum it all up, our tennis experience this year may be a little like last year but atleast, we got the chance to watch and meet our favorites. BTW, it's sad that Nole had to retire because of some eye problem while Nick also had to retire for hip injury which I assume has disappointed a lot including me. So the finals -- I haven't watched the game but congratulations to Stan for winning!
This is short and yep -- it's all about tennis. But I love tennis. I'm planning to write a little stuff about Dubai Tennis open, I'm just running out of time to do so so please wait for it and for the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this!
P.S. - The pictures are not yet complete but I will upload soon when I find time :P
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