More Hardscrabbling

Just a quick update to the continuing exploits of Israel’s No.2 tennis player Amir Weintraub, whose escapades I first covered here. The second installment of his adventures has been translated and posted in the original forum thread (it’s on page 4).

It covers his recent experiences at the Australian Open, where he competed in the Qualifying tournament. It is a fascinating read, and valuable precisely for details such as this: ‘I go to the giant dining room. After a few moments I notice the noisy room with the 250 players in it goes totally silent and everyone looks toward the door. Rafa Nadal just walked in.’

There is a pecking order on the ATP. Weintraub may be the bottom, but his candour and determination make him an ideal guide.

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