Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Wimbledon 2009: Day 8
I was working on Court 5 today which was full of Junior tennis matches. I must say some of the under 18s play very well and it is a matter of days (well, not literally) till they join the big boys and girls on the main tours. Realistically it must also be said that many don't make it and I had a conversation with a fellow umpire about what they would do after a failed professional tennis career. Some might start coaching but coaching is not for everyone so what do they have to fall back on? Education is kinda out of the window since most of the tennis players have forfeited a rigorous academic life for their love of tennis so it leaves them in a difficult situation if they don't make it. Lots to think about.
It was Ladies Quarter Finals day and Dinara Safina (Ranked 1 and pictured), Serena Williams (Ranked 2), Venus Williams (Ranked 3rd) and Elena Dementieva (Ranked 4th) have made it to the Semi Finals. I find it great that Safina has defied the odds and the criticism that she wouldn't last this long on grass, as her previous track record isn't that great but she played some superb tennis today. Good luck girls in the semis!