We have been gifted with another beautiful week of weather … low 70s during the day and cool nights … perfect for sleeping! Grottammare is a small city on the eastern coast of Italy to which we wouldn't think of coming save for the tennis tournament here. What struck us immediately is that most people here don’t speak english. English was pretty commonplace in Prague, Vienna and Koper, so it took us a bit by surprise that there was wasn’t much english spoken here. The good news is that we have had to learn enough Italian to get by.
Koper, Slovenia is a beautiful country with coastline, flatlands, hills and mountains. We have hit the weather just right with warm days and cool nights. Mas did his usual first match, “getting my monies-worth” tennis but managed to beat the #1 seed (a player from Italy) in 3 sets, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 in a little over 3 hours. Mas was serving for the first set at 6-5, managed to lose that game, lose the tiebreak but then regained his composure in the following sets.
We have finished our visits to the Czech Republic and Austria ICs with our Bahamas IC teammates and friends. Next stop ... Slovenia. More about that down below but first, a bit of a recap of our IC visits.
Prague was delightful. If you like beer, bread, sausages, meat and potatoes, you’ll be in heaven. There were some very good wines and other culinary treats, but the beer stood out as incomparable to what we’ve drunk elsewhere in our travels around the world.
After a rather grueling 24 hours of traveling (ferry from Martha's Vineyard to Woods Hole [our Cape air flight was cancelled due to weather], then a bus to Logan Airport in Boston, a 6 hours layover in London and finally we made it to our first stop in Prague, Czech Republic where we will be playing an IC Czech Republic tennis event.
We took advantage of our early arrival to take in some of the many sights here in Prague, get some well-deserve rest and prepare for matches starting tomorrow.
Sue & I are elated that so many people have asked us to keep them informed about our tennis travels and results in the tournaments that we enter together and separately. In the past, we have sent emails to our friends and family but with so many of you wanting to be kept up-to-date with our tennis going-ons, we thought a blog would be a better vehicle. So here we are!
While Sue has been playing most of her life, I took up tennis a bit later, at the tender age of 28. It was tennis that brought us together over 25 years ago and it continues to be an important part of our lives. We hope you enjoy our ramblings, pictures and videos that we post here and will comment if you have the time and inclination.
We start our European sojourn Monday in Prague, Czech Republic and then on to Koper, Slovenia ... look for our next post in a few days.
Mas Kimball has been a pro at Farm Neck since 2006. He & his wife, Sue, have traveled throughout the United States and internationally ... mostly to play tennis.
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