There are four major professional tennis tournaments in the year. Arguably the most prestigious of the titles is being played right now --- the All England Tennis Championship. I am pulling for Federer to win again -- as my good friend and co-blogger Fred knows (to his dismay) I tend to pull for the favorites and against the underdog. I hate when the underdogs upset the top players --- unless the underdog is a new upcoming star who actually is displacing the top players. So when Federer beat Sampras at Wimbledon several years ago, I was disappointed but awed because of his ball striking ability. With Federer, I simply believe he is the most beautiful tennis player I have ever seen --- his footwork is flawless. I was a huge Borg fan in the 1970s, Sampras in the 1990s, and now Federer. I love to see perfection and dominance in sports --- it is just so unobtainable and when someone seems to obtain the unobtainable I believe it shows the possibilities in human achievment.
My tennis team in college wasn't perfect, but our senior year we only lost 1 dual match. We almost got there. Our coach --- Coach Joe Walters --- is still coaching, and in fact earned his 300th win this past season. He has built a great tradition of college tennis at GCC and the college should honor him for this great achievement as one of the elite D3 college coaches in the country. Slippery Rock University is honoring him with induction into its sports Hall of Fame for both his playing career (football) in college and his coaching career (football and tennis) at GCC. Congratulations to Coach Walters.