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It is too bad American John Isner does not advance to the Men’s final after his epic battle with Anderson yesterday. Isner has the record of the longest game in tennis history, against Mahut at 11 hours and 5 minutes. And now his semi-final match with Anderson is the second longest in major history at 6 hours and 36 minutes. Yikes!

Andy Roddick was the last American to reach the Wimbledon finals when he played against Federer back in 2009. That was an epic battle in itself. It was Isner’s goal to be known more than for his record long matches, and to be the first American since Roddick to reach the Wimbledon finals. I applaud you Isner for almost accomplishing that feat.

This weekend is the Wimbledon finals. Any guesses of who will win this year? Djokovic, Nadal or Anderson? Kerber or Serena Williams?

My fun little drawing is a player preparing to do a running forehand.

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The Olympics is over, but my sketch drawing of winter sports continue. My drawing is an ice skater, performing a balance move. Competitive ice skaters make it look easy, but clearly it is not. Do you think I captured her grace?

sketch: forehand stance

July 15, 2017

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The Wimbledon finals happens this weekend. Venus Williams will try to make history by winning the women’s finals at the age of 37. On the men’s side, Federer will also return to the finals as a 36-year-old. Both players are defying the odds by showing the sport that 30 is the new 20.

My drawing, today, is inspired by Nadal’s aggressive forehand stance.

sketch: backhand swing

June 17, 2017

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Although French Open is done, Wimbledon is coming up, just around the corner! I have been on a figural drawing kick lately. In art, it’s good to keep loose with pencil. My sketch shows a player, hustling fast to make a swinging a two-handed backhand.

sketch: tennis forehand

June 10, 2017

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The French Open comes to a close this weekend. For the women, I am rooting for Simona Halep because she’s been working so hard for so long. And this is the farthest she has reached in a major. On the men’s side, I hope Nadal wins the final. He is after all the king of clay.

My sketch shows a player preparing for a forehand swing.

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The players are midway through the French Open. Only 64 players remain after round 2. My drawing shows the set up stance for a two-handed backhand.

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In a competitive game, it is best to move forward and be offensive, but if your opponent pushes you back, then you are forced to become defensive. In my action drawing, with Nadal as my example, he is literally pushed back on his heels. There are still several moves to choose from, such as a defensive lob to stay in play or as Nadal likes to do, go for broke by hitting the ball down the line.

Indians Wells, in the desert of southern California, just began. It runs from March 12 to 22. Some call it the 5th Major and rightfully so with all the big names it draws.

Just last weekend, I was ice fishing and cross country skiing. Then, this week brought upper 40 degree temps, melting away the ice and snow. I can feel spring is around the corner. I’m ready warmers days (and tennis)! Are you? What activities are you looking forward to do?

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