Athletes in America are revered and are considered like gods. Most of them, hungry for money and making millions of dollars, consider it their right to amass the loot. They can hardly say a complete sentence without making grammatical mistakes.

Okay, I shouldn’t generalize. I should say majority of athletes in America. There are some, who have actually finished high school and have gone to college, (may be not completed the four years), however, they are few and far between. Most of them come from broken homes, and have had a hard childhood and life where the mother is the breadwinner of the family. And that’s fine too. Some of these men learn to respect women. These players are the football jocks or baseball sluggers and basketball players. Many of them though, are abusive to women and we know all about them, don’t we?

I really want to talk about tennis though. You watch the players on the court and off the court and you smile at the way they behave with the public. Of course some of them throw temper tantrums on the court, (remember John McEnroe, Nastase?) There are very few who would have the glorified class of Laver or Newcomb, Rosewall, or Edberg. Gentlemen all! I have watched them play and I have watched the younger generations play.

Federer of course has such grace of gentlemanly behavior. Nadal who is such a great player and who seems to be getting more of my kudos, is showing so much empathy to the other players and the fans. Two days back I watched him pick a little boy out of a crowd of kids. This boy was crying his heart out because he was being almost crushed with the other boys who were waiting to get Nadal’s attention. He stopped the practice session and went to the side and pulled the little boy out from the pack of boys and held him. He dried his tears, and kept comforting the sobbing boy; signed his name on the bill of the cap the child was holding. I think in that instance, America fell in love with Nadal. He showed such empathy and love. So much class. He could have easily asked the lines men to attend to that child. But he didn’t. He attended to that little boy while America watched.

When Coco lost to Naomi Osaka, the country felt her ache. She was all alone on the side when Naomi walked up to her and asked her to accompany her for the interview. What class! Reminded me of Sloan Stephens when she won the title against Madi Keys, and took her chair over and sat next to her until the awards were given. Steffi Graff and so many others have held such a high place among the tennis players. In my opinion the men and women of tennis have such grace and class. All of them, every single one of them, me thinks!

OOOPS! I forgot about Serena Williams. Wenh wenh wenh! You think she would acquire some class if she were to wear better clothes?
Just saying.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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5 Responses to A TOUCH OF CLASS.

  1. slmret says:

    It seems to me that a part of the training for tennis players includes proper manners in the traditions of the British! This includes feeling, caring, empathy, as well as simple manners.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    They are no longer role models.

  3. I don’t follow a lot of tennis anymore. I like what Nadal did with that young child. Gestures like that can go a long way. And the kids watching him do that might learn a few things.

    Oh yeah, there’s also Nick Krygios. Sigh.

  4. Great write, wonderful read, SweetZ!
    I like seeing good-sport sportspeople! 🙂
    I love watching tennis…and I like when the score is more than love-love, there is still respect, graciousness, and love on the court. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  5. Good read.
    I don’t follow tennis. I enjoy the athletes that are good role models but they are far and few between this days. It’s the same with celebrities.

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