Deadly Doubles*

And now from the clay courts of Roland Garros to the real action: the Friday Morning Veteran Ladies’ Doubles match at Mum’s grass court tennis club.  Well: it’s AstroTurf rather than real grass, but here we are, with the ladies Dressed Properly in white dresses and white trainers and…hang on a minute…one of them is […]

The Cat Who Sang For The Birds*

“What’s the fluffy monster doing?” I ask Mum when I call to inform her that I’ve left the Office. “He’s telling me that he wants his supper,” Mum says. Can hear the sound of her shaking some dry food into his bowl. “Hello Mr Fluffy,” I say. “Say hello to Tanya,” Mum says to him. […]

A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman*

Happy International Women’s Day everyone.  Unfortunately am spending it: making self look pretty for my Seb; cooking, cleaning and waiting for him.  He is, of course, running late: he’s lost his phone and so on.  As MadFatRunner says, am “a slave to the Patriarchy.” “He does seem to have a somewhat calamitous relationship to logistics,” […]

The Field Of Blood*

“It’s a suffocating performance from Andy Murray,” the commentator says.  I’m watching the Davis Cup with the parentals.  Andy is pulverising the American Donald Young: he’s just taken the first two sets in thirty minutes or so.  Andy’s looking fit, tough and untroubled by his back or his opponent.  Which is good.  It’s a riotous […]

Cuts Through Bone

“The standard: incredible at the moment. Both players playing their best tennis,” the commentator says. Novak took the first set 7 – 6 in the tiebreak and now it’s 5 – 5 in the second set. Andy is serving. They’ve been playing for two hours and fourteen minutes. Just watching it is exhausting. Am under […]

A Woman Of Substance

“Hope you had a divine day, you are a mini genius with sinful pins x”. The Whatsapp message snakes across my screen. It’s from MediaChap. “Thank you. Hope the course was good. Had such a lovely time the other night,” I say. He’s doing a video-editing course, or at least that’s what I think he […]

Restless

“Just enjoy Djokovic right now,” Andrew Castle tells us. So that’s what I’m going to do. The orange monster has come in for the afternoon so I’ve closed his flap and the back door. No need to go out in the dark searching for him, which is a relief. Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori – […]

Wetlands

Back at flat, curled up on the sofa with the panther watching the tennis. It’s the ATP Masters event at the O2 and for some reason the floor is blue. Wawrinka vs Berdych. The players’ shoes squeak on the floor. There isn’t the beautiful thud of the ball on grass but the sounds of tennis […]

Double Fault

If I don’t write this Right Now, I won’t manage a blog today, which would be terrible. Achieved Spin today for the first time in a while. It was good, but couldn’t push self very much as the-Cold-of-Doom is still very much in evidence. This impedes cycling fast, breathing, standing up in the saddle, pushing […]