Confessions of an Ageing Tennis Player: 2nd set, how to win at Wimbledon (10th game)

Could it be magic? (8-2)

Sue Barker called it Magic Monday and I have to say she’s not wrong.

As far as I’m concerned, as long as it’s followed up with a thaumaturgic Tuesday, another weird Wednesday, an unearthly Thursday and a freakish Friday, then I don’t mind as my chances of appearing in the final are inexplicably shortening day by wondrous day.

So, this is what they mean by the enchantment of Wimbledon!

Tennis players young and old, amateur and professional, skilled or incompetent alike all in thrall to the superstitions, the voodoo and the hiatus that the tournament brings around every year.

I am, as the 13-year olds in our neck of the woods say, having it large.

Not least because I have just trounced Serena Williams, the lady’s number one seed over 3 scintillating sets. She was aghast, I was astonished, Sue Barker for once was speechless.

Magic Monday indeed!

Watch out Roger and Noli: nothing can stop me now. See you both in the final!

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