California Day 5

Yesterday was a big tennis day. I think we were at Indian Wells from about 10am-8:30pm. I started my day watching Berrettini and Tiafoe’s practices for a little bit. Everyone is enjoying thoroughly teasing me about my love of Berrettini…but that’s okay. If I can get within 20 feet of him practicing you can bet your ass I’m gonna do it.

Then I joined up with the boys to watch Wawrinka v Vukic and Shelton v Fognini. Wawrinka and Shelton won those matches. We took a lunch break and then caught the last half of Wolf v Fucsovics, which Fucsovics won. There were some really good doubles matches happening last night so we staked out our seats in that stadium and watched Stearns and Masarova grind it out. Stearns, the American, pulled that one out in three sets. What a battle.

It was a good thing that we got our seats when we did because I think everyone in the whole place was trying to snag seats for the doubles. First doubles match was Fritz/Paul v Evans/Peers. I think the whole stadium was hoping Fritz/Paul would make more of a match out of it but they lost 3-6, 3-6. The second match was FAA/Shapo v Rune/Shelton. Holy buckets. So much talent on that court. And I tell you what…nothing like watching tennis and the sun go down over the mountains at the same time.

I’m not gonna lie…watching the doubles was unexpectantly emotionally challenging for me. Doubles was Jason’s game. All that fast hands net play. He would have loved sitting next to me watching the pros last night. Damn…some of those points…so amazing. Doubles is also fun to watch because the players are a little more relaxed and their love of the game and how fun it is really shows.

Today is a bit of a more low key day. The boys and I are going to hang out with Erik. He is staying at a hotel that has grass and clay courts and the boys are looking forward to playing with him and trying out those surfaces. I’m hoping to snag a little more reading time outside by the pool.

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