from: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...o-play-match-on-high-speed-train-1801942.htmlTsonga and Verdasco play match on high speed train
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fernando Verdasco, acclaimed for their speed around the court, admitted to feeling a little nervous themselves as they played a modified exhibition match while hurtling around Shanghai in one of the world's fastest commercial high-speed trains.
Billed as the "fastest tennis in the world," seventh-ranked Tsonga of France took on ninth-ranked Spaniard Verdasco on a mini-tennis court laid down in one of Shanghai's high-speed Maglev trains on Tuesday as it reached a cruising speed of 431 kph (268 mph) during the seven-minutes and 20-seconds it took to make the 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) trip from Longyard Rail Road station in Pudong to Pudong International Airport.
"The feeling is special because we are going faster than our serve and it's crazy," said Tsonga, who along with Verdasco is in Shanghai for the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000. "You are a little bit nervous when it's really fast."
While Verdasco enjoyed the train ride, he wasn't so sure about the standard of tennis on board.
"For the first time in tennis, nobody won," Verdasco joked. "For me, it was the first time to be (traveling in a train) over 400 (kph). If we don't crash I'm not afraid."
At the Shanghai Masters, Verdasco and Tsonga are vying to qualify for a berth at the year-end ATP World Tour Finals starting November 22 in London.
Verdasco, who reached the Australian Open semifinals in January, is currently in seventh place on the list of potential candidates to take the final three spots in the exclusive eight-man tournament.
Tsonga, who helped his cause last week when he won the Japan Open, is sitting in 10th place on the list.
I have played here!!! Or at least I believe I have in that I played at a very similar looking place in Leh in 1998. I also had the joy of playing cricket against the town of Leh in their "stadium". I was out for 4 .
i didn't find a view of the court... but they claim this is the highest lawn tennis court in the world, at 3500 m in Leh, in Ladakh (Himalaya) !
that sounds great !I have played here!!! Or at least I believe I have in that I played at a very similar looking place in Leh in 1998. I also had the joy of playing cricket against the town of Leh in their "stadium". I was out for 4 .
My favourite memory of Leh is visiting the Dalai Lama's summer palace which is near there. There is a gompa nearby with a 40ft+ solid gold budha that the gompa is built around.
As a tourist. I went to India for 4 months back then and road a motorbike (An Enfield 500cc "Bullet", they build them under licence in India now, alongside Austin Ambassadors) from Delhi to Leh via various places. The Himank Road in particular was just crazy! That and "tyre exchange" when you blow through your 4 tyres (you carry two spares) in a day...that sounds great !
did you visit ladakh as a tourist ?
(or as a cricket player, maybe ?...)
Cool Dom! Are the maui ones the one by the country club of maui?I've played the Maui Sprecklesville next to beach courts.
I've played the Oahu sunken grass courts at Kahala behind the two gold lions in the front.
I've hit at the KingBeach (LakeTahoe) new courts.
I've hit at MammothMt's courts....and NorthStar's.
But you guys gotta hit some at the AliceMarble (? name) courts at Greenwich and Hyde in SanFrancisco. You see the whole view of SF Bay, Marin's Belvedere, and Alcatraz, along with AngelIsland in the background, the same one almost on Rice a Rony commercials, and TonyBennetts "halfway to the stars" cable car run.
No lights? What a cheapskate!We built this for the daughter of SC Johnson Wax. It has a separate little
building with refridge and all right next to the court.
Side note: She is trying to buy every house on her street so she can put the gate at the end and have a 5 acre lot on the water.