Nicolas Mahut lost to Leonardo Mayer on Friday 5.31 in Round of 32 @ French Open, on Court  Simonne-Mathieu – better known for playing the longest match and lost to John Isner in 2010 @ Wimbledon. Mahut wanted to advance to play Federer (who doesn’t?), both are 37 years old in the next round. He was upset and sad, his seven years old son ran to him and hugged him. It was very moving, everyone, included Mayer clapped.

One set, 7-6 (8)

Given what’s going on right now (such as trade war …), I suddenly moist eyed and philosophical: people drawn to sport, by doing it or watching it, is because sport is the last resort to represent sportsmanship and for being equal and fair. In that, I mean, if you want to play tennis, you’ve to adhere to the common rules and etiquettes, NOT your rule. It’s a great metaphor, teaching us the life lesson. As big a persona as Serena who suffers many unfair and unjustified calls and penalties on crucial moment during her matches, she still comes to play because she is NOT bigger than the sport itself. Getting beaten in a match isn’t always bad – don’t you want to play with better players to improve? I know I do. In fact, a stronger opponent will make you a better player.

Many times, when the better player wanted to play but couldn’t find an equal, they would play with a handicap: some offered me a point or two, while others offered playing with the other hand. But once I get closer to their level, I should and would play straight, on an equal footing. It’s only fair.

前个星期五 (5.31) 法国的马胡 Mahut 输给了阿根廷的梅耶 Mayer之后有点儿失落. 他七岁的儿子跑到他身边安慰他,拥抱他. 这感人的一幕, 每个人, 包括梅耶都拍手鼓励.


体育运动备受瞩目追捧 是因为它代表 公平 友好 平等


任何一个社区或者组织都有自己的规章制度. 想要成为它的一员, 就必须它的遵守规章制度 – 不是自己的规章制度. 小威这么成功. 比赛期间的关键时刻, 遭受过许许多多不公平和不合理的处罚. 但是她仍然参加比赛. 因为她并不比网球运动本身更大.
另外, 在比赛中遭遇挫折并不总是坏事 – 难道你不想和更好的球员一起打, 得以改进吗? 我知道我一直这样做. 事实上,一个更强大的对手会让你成为更好的球员 = 站在巨人的肩膀上, 视野都宽阔些.
很多时候,当更好的球员想要打但却找不到合适的对手时,他们会让步:一些人给了我一两点,还有一个哥们儿用另外一之手 … 但是一旦我接近他们的水平,我应该放弃优惠, 在平等的基础上打; 这只是公平合理.


Nicolas Mahut being consoled by his son after loss is the best French Open moment

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