Key Biscayne, FL
How do you say goodbye to something so special after 32 years?
It had to be done before it was too late. We all have our own ways of mourning. For me I had to get out to Crandon Park Tennis Center before it got too busy to say my proper goodbye. It was a beautiful dry day filled with sunshine and unusually low humidity.
As the Miami Open was gearing up we even had to park in the lot across the street just like for the tournament. Kind of like a dress rehearsal before the main event. Walking in around 12noon many local players where headed out from their morning session. After all, who plays tennis at 12 noon in South Florida?
Tournament owners are required by the ATP to resurface the tennis courts before each tournament so the courts are in supreme condition. The stands envelop the court and your shots have that resounding echo when you strike the ball cleanly. Even the contrast is stark with the Miami Open brand as crisp as the ball flying through the air.
It was a cool 72 degrees. I cracked open a new can of ATP/ Penn Extra Duty felt and warmed up for 30 minutes. I was ready. Now it’s time to measure up. I guess this was my way of saying goodbye.
What I was really doing in this video was comparing how high I can hit the ball off the backdrop compared to the ATP pro’s. As you can see in this video I’m not close to bouncing it above the logo with a powerful thud but it was fun trying. Who knows if we will have this kind of access at the new venue at Hard Rock Stadium.
My box seat buddy made an interesting observation while watching the annual Nick Kyrgios Tankathon at the Miami Open during the 4th rounds against eventual finalist Alex Zverev. Are fans cheering for their favorite players or their own entertainment?
Enjoy my look back on the 2018 Miami Open. Goodbyes are never easy but moving forward is where the growth lies in all of us.
See you at Hard Rock Stadium.
Brian Lutz / Backhand City
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