Why did I stay up late after
midnight watching the Sampras and Agassi U.S. Open tennis match?
Of course, I appreciate seeing great
tennis being played, but the other real reasons are those small glimpses
into the players' personal lives.
For example, I heard Agassi got Stefi
Graf pregnant. I wanted to see what she looked like pregnant.
Fortunately, the director chose to show a picture of her. Thanks to the
camera man who found her partly hidden behind a wall at the very back of
the stands. She definitely looked pregnant, nothing like the thin, fit,
athlete we all know her to be. Her face showed she had gained weight and
she had a serious expression, possibly for her concern of Agassi’s
fate. After seeing her in this state, I was able to relate with all the
weight gain. She no longer looked like the tennis star, but a future
mother, and we all know, when you become a mother, you experience daily
doses of reality. She will soon be living in the real world, and not in
the tennis star spotlight she knew too well.
What else made me stay up late to
watch? To have a glimpse of Sampras’ latest love interest.
I heard he
had gotten married, so the gorgeous blond being shown on the stands must
have been his wife. I wanted the announcers to confirm this, but they
did not, at least in the time I was watching, which was the latter part
of the match.
So here I am on a Saturday afternoon to
watch the Sampras and Safin semifinal match to find out if Sampras is
indeed married. Finally, I am told Sampras did get married and the
gorgeous blond who was shown the night before and who was to be shown
numerous times again during this Saturday match was indeed Sampras’
So why am I interested in the
players’ relationships? Because these are the realities in life that
we can relate with. Yes, these players are gods in the tennis world and
have proven themselves many times to be the few who can heighten the
level of tennis, and thus, they are gods. But a glimpse of their wives
and significant others bring them back down to earth.
Could this be the same reason why my
husband, who enters the room, stands in front of the TV, completely
ignoring the fact that he is blocking my view, just so that he can find
out who Sampras’ wife is? He asks, "Is that Sampras’ wife?
heard he got married. I heard they broke up, but they must have gotten
"Yes, he is married," I tell
him. "Now please move out of the way and stop blocking my
In this brief scene, imagine Sampras
and his wife, or Agassi and Graf having a similar conversation.
So while the announcers praise these
players like gods so they can have and keep their announcing jobs, we
aren’t fooled and know that these U.S. Open gods can be mortal after