The world’s center of gravity is changing in many ways: economically, culturally, politically. And then there’s tennis. Peter Bodo’s Tennis World:
This has been a historic Roland Garros, and Italian journalist and blogger extraordinare Ubaldo Scanagatta helped me put it into perspective in a conversation we had shortly after the Vitches made the semis. Ubaldo pointed out that when Lleyton Hewitt lost to Rafael Nadal yesterday, “it was the story of 75 years of tennis history, disappearing.”
What he meant was that the three towering tennis powers – Great Britain (who invented the game), the Australians (who brought it to its apex at the dawn of the Open era) and the US (who dominated the game in the subsequent, commercially-driven era), were clearly – if not necessarily permanently – in ruins.Oh, there was Serena Williams on the women’s side – for another 45 minutes, anyway – but Serbia and Russia accounted for half of the entire quarterfinal line-up at Roland Garros.
And about that fourth tennis power, France, home of the legendary Musketeers (LaCoste, Cochet, Borotra and Brugnon) had started 36 players in Paris this year – their bodies lay strewn all over the red clay, like so many poppies on a graveyard.
So much for the old world, let’s celebrate the new. It’s always better to live in the light than the dark.