First things first, did you like the charming way in which Nadal and Djokovic hugged and touched heads after the match? I went all awww on that one. Took me back to that time after the Wimbledon final when Nadal defeated Federer for the first time, and Federer was all tears, and Nadal was consoling him! Surely I like my drama, even in sports.
Now to the point of the post.
Looking at the way Nadal and Djokovic handed sweaty, grimy towels back to ball boys, I sent a silent prayer up to God. Please do not make me a ball boy/ball girl ever, God. At least not the ones who have to carry Nadal’s towel along!
Really, just how much did they sweat yesterday? And how many times did they wipe? I know, it is a moot observation compared to the fact that they were playing to win the US Open. Djokovic wanted to win to make himself feel good about being a #3 player, someone who, in addition to reaching the semi-finals of almost every grand slam, can actually win. Nadal, on the other hand, wanted a career grand slam, and 3 consecutive grand slam wins in a year! How amazing is that? But, coming back to the ball kids(boys/girls), I always wonder how they are treated by players. In my observation, Federer is always trying to send balls down to where they are standing, instead of making them run. I have seen Nadal and Kim Clijsters do that too. Djokovic seems to yell/shout at them sometimes when he loses a point!
Another thing that makes me go blue with worry, who in the world wants arm bands and tees soaked with sweat that these champions throw at the public? For once, TV cameras should show what happens in the stands when the players throw these out. I bet the spectators clamor to get out of the sweat-torpedo’s way, rather than want to grab it!
Finally, did you see that the USTA chairman or whoever the lady was on the podium last night, handing out the trophies to Nadal and Djokovic, got HUGE hugs from the sweaty players? Ugh!