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Final Day of Tennis

Final Day of Tennis
It’s always exciting when the finals begin but there’s also a tinge of sadness that it’s almost over.

The morning brings a leisurely breakfast, we’ve managed to visit different cafes around the city each morning, comparing who does the best eggs and French toast.

We do a spot more shopping – I take Mum and Cea to a shoe shop I know they will love, why? Well let’s face it as you get older finding comfortable shoes becomes all that more important…something to look forward to I guess! Three pairs of shoes later they are both full of smiles.
www.thewalkingcompany.com.au

I love spending time in Myers Basement – great bargains on label clothes because everything down there is on sale or has some sort of deal attached. I find that little summer dress and essential t-shirts so now I’m all smiles too.
www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/miss-shop

It’s a stunning day so we decide to grabs some bits from the local supermarket and head to a park close to Rod Laver Arena for a picnic lunch, joining thousands of our trans-Tasman cousies for Australia Day celebrations.

Around 4pm we wander across the bridge over the Yarra River and into the stadium. This city is so well designed with the walking/biking tourist in mind. We feel very safe, even at midnight walking back at night from the tennis along the river. I can’t help wondering if Auckland didn’t miss an opportunity not building the stadium on the waterfront…

 

The Mixed Doubles Final is poorly attended, not even the world tennis officials bother to turn up – again! The French/Canadian pairing of Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor are too strong for Horia Tecau of Romania and India’s Sania Mirza, winning 6-3 6-2.
 
We’ve plenty of time for drinkies in the sun with some left over nibbles from our picnic before Nadal and Wawrinka go into battle.

I’m backing Wawrinka, or Stan as I like to call him. I’m not alone but by far the greatest support is for Nadal. I’ve always liked an underdog and I just love the way Stan fights for everything.

He comes out firing and before we know it Stan takes the first set 6-3 and the second 6-2. Nadal needs some attention from his trainer but the damage is done, although I spend a fair bit of the fourth set on the edge of my seat as it dawns on Stan he could actually win the match, gets nervous and drops the third set 3-6. But he’s back and we all leap to our feet as he finishes the job, 6-3 and wins his first Grand Slam title. Nadal is gracious in defeat, in fact the humility of many of the winners this week has impressed me. Despite their rock star status, they are very down-to-earth people who appreciate all that their team of trainers, nutritionists, doctors and physios do for them plus the support from the three Fs! Their family, friends and of course us, the fans.

It’s a balmy evening as we stroll back to the Mercure on Swanston. What an awesome week.