I captain a very amateur tennis team in my neighborhood. Yes, I live in suburban Atlanta and playing tennis is a requirement. I discovered this when we moved South a few year ago, y’all. But I am okay with that, I like sports and it gives me an excuse to leave my kids with my husband for an afternoon.
So, this past weekend, I watched an incredible doubles match. My team was out there playing their hearts out only to lose in 3 sets. As the ladies were walking off the court, the other team was celebrating as one of the winners had 1) never played a tennis match before and 2) was 79 YEARS OLD! If losing was not bad enough for our team, losing to a 79 year old opponent was devastating.
Now of course, you may be thinking, “How can that be? My mother is 79 and I would totally kick her ass if I played her.” Well, if your mother had advanced medical procedures to replace all of her organic organs with robotic tennis parts that somehow made her stand in one place and hit perfect shots EVERY TIME, you may also have lost to a 79 year old. Yup, we played a 79 year old tennis robot.
In any case, it was one of the best tennis matches I have seen in a while. The 2 players from my team, whose combined age would still be less than 79, decided to drink 79 beers that evening in commiseration.
I guess at only 40, there is still hope for my tennis game after all.