On an excellent Pelican Bay bus trip to Key Biscayne on Monday, I learned some tennis lessons and then on Wednesday went to see my hip specialist for a change in plans.
Again this year, I spent my viewing day not in my nose-bleed seats in the main stadium, but in the fifth row (south end) of the Grandstand court. You can really get an “up close and personal” view of the players, their movement and their strokes.
I watched Verdasco beat Kokkinakis and Shapovalov beat Querry, both in three grueling sets. It is simply amazing to me how HARD they can hit their strokes and the topspin brings their ball down inside the baseline. I think many of us could actually swing harder than we do – if we had the confidence the ball would come down in play (and not hit the back fence!).
Next Year’s Site
While Key Biscayne is a great venue, it is challenging to get to – and even more challenging to leave in Miami rush hour traffic. But next year the event will move north 45 minutes to the more conveniently-located Hard Rock Stadium (home of the Dolphins). If you plan on going, better get your tickets early; because attendance will most likely be higher, given the location.
My New Hip?
On Wednesday, before going in for my scheduled stem cell shot in my ailing hip, I ventured back onto the doubles court; and after needing my patient partner to cover two-thirds of the court again, I decided I NEED A NEW HIP.
Thanks to all of you who responded vehemently to my original post with the strong message, “Don’t continue to suffer. Get it done early!” I then went to the hip doctor’s office and said let’s cancel the stem cell shot and schedule me for a full replacement as soon as possible.
So the wheels are in motion… blood test and EKG today with my regular doctor (to prove I am healthy enough to have it done) and then they will schedule surgery for most likely early May. With a forecasted eight-week recovery period, I should be back on the New Hampshire tennis court the first of July!
Thanks for all the good advice.
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