Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at email@example.com.
LONDON — Mother Nature is on my not-so-nice list right now.
Had things gone according to plan Sunday, I would have been watching Venus and Serena Williams playing in an Olympic tennis doubles match. It was one of a few matches I would have gotten to see play out on the courts at Wimbledon.
As it turns out Mother Nature is apparently no fan of planning.
It started raining shortly after the first match of the day, a singles game between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Italy’s Fabio Fognini. They couldn’t play in the rain so that game was put on hiatus shortly after it started.
Six and a half hours later, the rain finally stopped and the court was ready for play to resume.
The only problem is that there are no lights at Wimbledon so nighttime play is ruled out, and the court it turned out was a little slippery so Djokovic and Fognini kept slipping and falling all over the place once their match resumed. Fognini won the first set but Djokovic took the second and third sets and ultimately the match victory.
Because of the slippery conditions on all of the Wimbledon courts, however, officials decided to just postpone the remaining matches to another day.
That didn’t help me. I flew back to Atlanta the next day so I had no chance of seeing those matches finally being played.
Don’t get me wrong, watching Djokovic beat Fognini on the fabled courts of Wimbledon was something I’ll always treasure. Djokovic is ranked as the No. 2 men’s tennis player in the world right now so, yeah, getting to see him play is pretty significant.
But he and Fognini are no Venus and Serena. Those guys can play tennis but they are not from my home country and they wouldn’t even look pretty in skirts.
While seeing the world’s best is great, I would also like to see America’s best in the mix.
I’m a little miffed at Mother Nature right now as a result of all of this. I had a chance to see two of the top American tennis players play but I was denied the opportunity because of a long afternoon of rain.
In a sense, I was denied a date with the Williams sisters.
When exactly am I going to get another opportunity to see them play together?
On top of all of that, the rain compounded the sudden drop in London’s temperature over the weekend so it was really cold as I made my way back to the hotel that night. That, in turn, led to me having a cold this week.
I’d say what I think Mother Nature could do with herself but the exact wording of that particular action is not fit to be published in any medium.
Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.