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100 Tennis Things To Do Before You Die - part four


 100 Tennis Things To Do Before You Die – part four of four.

Send flowers to a Wimbledon competitor during The Championships (the Wimbledon website has guidance on this – bouquets should be delivered to the transport service on Somerset Road).

Hear one of Ivan Lendl’s dirty jokes.

Try an ice bath – just for the masochistic thrill of it.

‘Watch’ an entire match on live scores (occasional wifi crashes will bring added frustrations and excitement). 

Captain a tennis team.

Trash-talk with your opponent (and then buy him or her a drink in the bar afterwards).

Watch tennis live at the Olympics.

Learn how to slide on clay (or at least have a good try).

Shock yourself while watching Bethanie Mattek-Sands by thinking: ‘Yes, I like that, I would definitely wear that.’ 

Save a ticket from a great match.

Have the opportunity to stand at the other side of the net from a top-100 player and try to return their serve.

Have your photo taken standing next to John Isner.

YouTube old footage of Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King and wonder how they would fare in the modern age.

Learn how to play a drop-shot.

Spend a whole Novak Djokovic match obsessively counting how many times he bounces the ball before serving.

Put the Athena Girl poster on your wall.

Burn 1000 calories at your first cardio tennis session.

Attempt a diving volley (read Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s exclusive guide on The Tennis Space on how to hit the shot).

Go as a guest to Wimbledon’s Champions Dinner (but don’t expect to be waltzing as there’s no longer any dancing).

Sit courtside at a professional tournament to appreciate just how hard they hit the ball.

Serve-and-volley for a whole match, even coming in behind your second serve.

Watch footage of Rod Laver’s calendar-year grand slam in 1969.

Play on the grass court at the British Embassy in Paris – the only decent grass court in northern France.

Witness a John McEnroe tantrum on the ATP Champions Tour and believe it was real.

Give your old tennis balls to your neighbour’s dog.