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Tennis league season is nigh, and I am fraught with niggles … tight shoulder, brittle wrist, stiff back and wonky knee(s). The off season had gone so well, and I’d rarely felt in better form. I’d even resumed playing top spin, something last seen when I was a mercurial (OK, erratic) junior, hacking around in the Eastern Province league.

I was feeling so confident that last Thursday I arranged a game with the undisputed doubles champion at the Fish Hoek Tennis Club, and came down to earth with a bump. Man, the guy dominated the net like a boss. So that’s some serious psychological damage to add to the physical strains. Hopefully this is nothing that a prolonged stint in the E team won’t sort out...

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