Yeah, me too. The past two weeks have been exhausting for my brain; don’t get me wrong, I loved every single minute of tennis that was on during the 2011 US Open. I’m just glad that it’s over right now. I don’t think I could have taken another Djokovic match, you know, the long points, edge of your seat, and down right spectacular tennis.
The third set was probably the most exhilarating of the entire match, it was so close with Nadal inching his way back into the match and forcing Djokovic to test his fitness and determination. I remember watching the third set and feeling my heart pumping with excitement, not sure if I wanted to see more tennis or I just wanted it to end – it was a tennis sensory overload. In hindsight, I’m glad it went 4 sets, it was the right amount of tennis and I think both players would have had to have been carried off the court on stretchers had they played a 5th set.
I felt my blood pressure rising as I watched the final between Djokovic and Nadal, it was an appropriate way to finish – over 4 hours and 4 intense sets of high caliber tennis. Credit to Nadal, he made no excuses about fitness or fatigue, he simply got outplayed. The crowd obviously loved what they were seeing as they yelled out and cheered for every point; sometimes they were out of control but the chair told them to settle down.
The days leading up to the finals were just as nerve wrecking; watching some of my favorite players get their butts handed to them by some unexpected opponents. There were also a lot of players that were expected to go deep into the draw but came up short on game day, being handed early losses and an early trip to the next stop on the never ending tennis circuit.
Probably the most important part of the 2011 US Open was the 10 year anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. It was a time of mourning and remembrance for the people of New York and the nation; though it was refreshing to see the players paying their respects to the victims and families of the victims.
Am I glad the majors are over? It’s almost bittersweet, I love watching these men and women compete at such high levels. There are a few things I won’t miss; the extremely full public tennis courts (they tend to get really full when the Majors are on TV), the many many hours of tennis I watch instead of playing, and neglecting my family a little (sorry honey!). Thankfully the tennis season is not over, there’s plenty more tennis left in 2011 so I look forward to the coming tennis tournaments.
Is there a cure for a tennis hangover? Absolutely, the Tennisthis.com remedy is easy, get out there and play more tennis! That’s what I’m doing, now that the US Open is over I have more time to get out there and play, test and review products so I can provide my cherished readers with more tennis racquet reviews and more tennis string reviews!