Anyone For Tennis?

By Jay Sedmak
SNPJ Publications Editor/Manager

I’m not a huge fan of the sport of tennis, but that much said, I had a good chuckle this morning when I saw the video of tennis pros Raphael Nadal and Juan Martīn del Potro, paired with comedian Ben Stiller and nine-year-old Rebecca Suarez, respectively, in a mock doubles match played during the BNP Paribas Showdown in New York City earlier this week.

The video tells the story: Nadal selects Stiller, quite randomly from among the crowd, as his playing partner, and del Potro responds by selecting Miss Suarez. Both amateurs stationed in the forecourt, Stiller clowns with the nine-year-old at the net, telling her “You’re going DOWN!,” and proceeds to win the first point of the match with a net return. But Suarez manages to get her shots in – all of her shots – which prompt accolades from the ESPN announcers along with roars from the NYC spectators. It’s priceless!

I saw an interview with young Rebecca Suarez on ABC’s “Good Morning America” just this morning, and when asked about the lift she received from del Potro at the conclusion of the “match,” she replied: “I got sweaty. He was really sweaty when he lifted me.” It was a terrific interview of a nine-year-old girl who somehow managed to maintain her composure during both the doubles match and throughout the GMA interview.

I think I’ve discovered a new respect for this game...

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