Posts Tagged ‘Roger Federer’

Roger Federer


September 17th, 2022 Posted 7:31 am

I’ve been playing tennis quite a bit longer than Roger Federer. Also he and I play on courts of exactly the same dimensions. However …

Thank you, Roger. An artist if ever there was.


Posted in Chet The Dog

Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Chet


August 5th, 2012 Posted 7:48 am

“Big tennis match today,” Spence says.

“How about we post that tennis lesson scene from Thereby Hangs A Tail?” says Admin.

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 –


Welcome Bailey & Chester, the Jeep dogs.

And don’t forget the Shelf Awareness contest. You could win an ARC of A Fistful of Collars.



The Books

powered by wordpress | site by michael baker digital