Last Tuesday, it was the National Tennis Day and for this occasion I had the chance to have tickets to go to the BNP PARISBAS SHOWDOWN in Madison Square Garden. This is an annual one-night tennis exhibition where during about four hours four well-known active tennis players (a two men match and a two women one) competing in a “one set, no-ad scoring semifinal, with the winners advancing to a best-of-three set final with regular scoring” (source : Wikipedia). For the 2016 edition the choice of the players was perfect :
- The 2015 Roland Garros’s winner Stan Wawrinka which I love. His play and his behavior on the court and on the media are really class and I think he should have a better media coverage because he deserves it so much !
- One of the biggest French stars : Gaël Monfils. This man has such power on his tall body. It was his first time at the Madison Square Garden and I liked the fact that he realized the chance had to be there this night. He was smiling and joking all the time and that was so fresh to see it !
- Caroline Wozniacki: I didn’t really know her before (it is a shame for me but I have to admit that I have less knowledge on feminine tennis than masculine…) but she has a great play and it was a real pleasure to discover her !
- The one and only, the monster of WTA competition, the unique Serena Williams, the American Star (and the crowd confirmed that, the applauses and screams were only for her).
I am so glad that I saw these four big players especially Serena and her play, and this in real and not on TV. Indeed, everybody knows that she has a play like no one had before. I’m often watching her on TV but the fact that I see her for real was unbelievable. The power she has on her arm is insane and we could felt her will to win (even if it wasn’t an important match…). She is a legend and even if it wasn’t for an important competition I could now say : I’ve seen her play once !
Tennis is my favorite sport and is actually my passion. When I am watching a tennis match it is like all my problems are gone, no kidding, it is a real therapy for me ! Especially when it is about the French Open’s matches (Roland Garros) which is my favorite period of the year – around end of May beginning of June. I am going there every year with my father and it is always such good days and memories. Unfortunately I won’t be able to go there this year because of my current New York location… I also missed the US Open this past September, so this tennis exhibition was kind of a way to compensate my lack of tennis tournament experience this year. It wasn’t exactly the same thing but I actually kind of liked it and it was good to discover another type of more relaxed tennis games where player are there just to enjoy there moments such as the spectators!
Now my next achievement in my Tennis goals’ list is to finally get to see played my idol before her retires (fingers crossed): the legend, the one and only, ROGER FEDERER !!