I’m a tennis addict

I might add: and I’m proud of it!

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

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Sardegna Open 2023, Cagliari (Italy), picture by ®Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

No, wait, this doesn’t mean I play tennis. I have never played tennis. My father tried to teach me something when I was a little girl, but then, due to lack of time, I didn’t continue.

No, I don’t play tennis. I like watching others do it, especially good ones.

I discovered this passion of mine only a few years ago. In the past I watched this sport with curiosity, but only every now and then I had the opportunity to watch a match, also because it was objectively more difficult to catch one on free-to-air TV in Italy before the arrival of SuperTennis (the FITP - Italian tennis federation - channel). But every time, I was hypnotised by that ball that went back and forth on the court and by the prowess of those guys and gals who hit it.

This probably comes from the fact that my father played when he was young and there was a court right in our apartment building, so it wasn’t uncommon to find some used tennis balls among my toys.

But then I concentrated on football, on supporting Cagliari (the team from my city), which I still do.

Then came the pandemic, and tennis, being a non-contact sport, was one of the first to resume. So I started following it more consistently, and in a short time I was hooked.

There are many things I like about tennis.

First of all, the fact that it’s physics in action: that ball goes there because it was hit a certain way.

Secondly, it is an extremely psychological sport. There are shots, talent, fitness, tactics, but what can make the difference is how the player feels in that moment. It takes very little, almost nothing, to change the inertia of a match just because the player feels confident in his abilities or loses this confidence. Mental strength, which allows you to forget your own mistake or an opponent’s feat and start playing as if nothing had happened, can prevail over the rest.

Also, tennis matches are like thrillers. Sometimes all it takes is an episode, perhaps a lucky one, a twist, which can decide the fate of a game and create the conditions to overturn the result. It’s never over until it’s over. A player can be on the brink of the abyss, three match points down (even…

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Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

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