You know I'm not fun tennis. I can’t really see the point in hitting a ball back and forwards across the net but here lies the dilemma.
I know tennis can be a bit tense and exciting at times. Like most sports. But I just can't get into it. All the serve, volley, matchpoint stuff leaves me cold.
Im not a fan of Wimbledon. It's a British sports tournament but no one British ever wins Wimbledon. Well I'm sure they did once, but I don't remember a British tennis player winning it.
When it is on TV I am hooked on it. What’s all that about?
Writing this after just finishing watching Jeson Patrombon progress through the first round of the Wimbledon 2011. I must say I really enjoyed the game.
Funny enough I get the same feeling for Football, Basketball and Cricket but when it is on TV I can’t help watching it. Perhaps I’m leading my life with a spilt personality. Who knows?
Well at least I will enjoy the next couple of weeks of tennis.
Who is this Jeson Patrombon?
Now the 18-year-old Filipino, who used to serve as a ballboy at his local club for some pocket money, is representing the Philippines in Wimbledon in London, thanks largely to his coach Emmanuel Tecson.
His coach says, “When I first saw him, he was hitting balls with a bottle. I saw him and thought if this kid can hit a ball with a bottle without any shoes on, I thought let’s give him a racket,”
Soon after being spotted, Patrombon moved to the tennis academy of the Philippines foundation in the capital of Manila, starting a new page of both his sports career and life.
“When I coach players, I ask them why they want to play and they often say to be a champion and that sort of thing. But when I asked Jeson why he wanted to play, he said, ‘to help my family’, so I gave him a chance.” coach Emmanuel Tecson said.
“I started playing tennis because one of my brothers played and now I am here representing my country. It is really a great experience,” Patrombon said.