Tennis (More)

As we mentioned yesterday, tennis comes up from time to time in the novels of Peter Abrahams a.k.a. Spencer Quinn. Is it because Pete’s been a (not very good) tennis player for most of his life? Since the U.S. Open has begun, we thought we’d post a few tennis scenes. Here’s the tennis lesson from THEREBY HANGS A TAIL (#2 in the ongoing Chet and Bernie series – but they can be read in any order!).

On one side of the net stood a tall blond guy with a bucket of balls at his feet; on the other side, an older guy, small, with a gray beard: Sherman Ganz. I always notice beards. A strange human thing: only some men have them, and women never. What was that about?

The tall blond guy took a ball from the bucket and hit it to Ganz. Ganz wore white shorts, had skinny legs like sticks. He swung his racquet and hit the ball back. The tall guy let it go by, took out another ball. “Brush up, Shermie, brush up. Spin on the ball, always spin on the ball.” He hit the ball over the net. Ganz swung, this time missing the ball completely. “Brush up but through, up but through, up but through,” said the tall guy, sending over another ball. Brush? I knew brushes, saw none around. Maybe tennis was tougher than it looked, but I didn’t worry about that because a ball came bouncing over in our direction – we were now beside the court – and I snatched it out of the air, and who wouldn’t have, the ball being right there practically saying, “Catch me.” And then – this part was a bit harder to understand – I was on the court, racing toward the net. Up and over: not much of a challenge, tennis nets turning out not to be very high, but still it felt so great, being airborne and all, that I kind of twisted around still up there, if you see what I mean, and landed facing back at the net, and the next thing I knew I was jumping over it again, from the other direction, and, yes! doing the spin move once more, and when I landed this time, somehow with two balls in my mouth now – how had that happened? – I –



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10 Responses to “Tennis (More)”

  1. Hobbitz
    8:42 am on August 22nd, 2018

    Chet has no competition where balls are involved. He is in a class by himself.
    On another note…why am I awake at 4;42?

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:52 am on August 22nd, 2018

    Good morning Hobbitz and everyone. That’s the scene we were thinking of yesterday.
    Hobbitz, when we realized it was your post we asked ourselves the same thing.
    Are you still on Russia time.
    Whoopie for Wednesday.

  3. B.Stover
    9:07 am on August 22nd, 2018

    Chet is a great tennis player!

    Good morning all.

  4. BooBear
    10:54 am on August 22nd, 2018

    Reading that tennis scene has me ready, ready, ready for the new book!
    Good morning!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:59 am on August 22nd, 2018


    I am laughing at this tennis scene. Chet always puts a smile on my face!

    Good day to all!

  6. BearSpiritDog
    11:15 am on August 22nd, 2018

    Members of the Nation Within Love Tennis Balls!

    Saying Good Morning while it still is.

  7. dawson
    11:20 am on August 22nd, 2018

    Way to go, Chet!

  8. Ole Doc
    11:46 am on August 22nd, 2018

    Hazel, the stray who jumped into my Lady’s truck last year loves tennis balls. My Lady says if you throw the tennis ball once for Hazel, you just entered into a binding lifetime contract to throw the ball until Bridge do your part.

    It is a busy day at the kennel. We are breaking down dog camp and ending the glacier season today. We have a small window to bring all the dogs, equipment and guides home. Then! Then, we will get ready for our shoulder and winter tour season. Yark!

  9. Herd of Hounds
    12:20 pm on August 22nd, 2018

    Ole Doc, wow, summer winding down already. Hope the glacier summer was a good one. We know it is a lovely location.

  10. Staff
    10:38 pm on August 22nd, 2018

    I love that tennis scene.

    Wose, it makes me laugh also.

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