Just look at Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov, the two Russian kids playing in Spain. They look thrilled – even the usually dour Rublev.
“What a pleasure to have Marat with us. Never easy to be a good tennis player, but to be a good tennis player and a good person more difficult !! What a fu ….. legend !!” Khachanov coach Galo Blanco wrote on Instagram.
The official off-season break in tennis usually doesn’t bring good weather with it.
So when there is a tennis wedding, it often takes place in the period after Wimbledon.
On Saturday, it was Agnieszka Radwanska’s turn, as she got hitched to Dawid Celt.
Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki attended. You see other players often at the weddings of ATP Tour players. With the women, not quite as much. Fellow Polish player Jerzy Janowicz also was on hand.
Peter came back the next day – he and his family queued up for five hours to get back onto the grounds – and got his towel. And a photo.
“He was upset. He told me he was shocked more than anything. Because in the states at a lot of these sporting events, if adults catch a ball or something they go out of their way to give it to the youngsters. They don’t keep it for themselves. He was very disappointed and I think he was shocked,” mother Faézé told the British Associated Press.
That’s far from true. Old guys wrestle foul balls from young kids in the stands at baseball games all the time. But it’s always better to remember the good people.
Ready for his closeup
In the meantime, the 14-year-old did what a 14-year-old in this day and age does. He got on Twitter and started fielding media inquiries that pretty much sounded like this: “Hi, I’m a journalist. Can you follow me so I can DM you a few questions about the towel?”
As for the well-hatted couple, you hope they headed home and had some of their other grownup friends give them the what-for.
Certainly no one sitting around them did – Wimbledon fans are far too decorous.