Tuesday, February 3, 2009

How Do You Nurse A Broken Heart (And Toe)?

I'm still in shock.

I cannot believe that my tennis idol Roger Federer broke into tears during the prizing ceremony of the Australian Open in Melbourne, even before he could make his opening statement.

For the benefit of those who cannot relate to this heartbreaking incident, picture this scenario:

You're watching your only son (or a person very close to you whom you love very much) in a final match, be it sports or academic competition. Your child had 19 chances to defeat his opponent yet in the end, he still lost. Sure, you feel sad but you try to hide it from your son and appear to be happy so as not to demoralize his ego.

Then the awarding ceremony came. The runner-up was called first to receive his prize and was expected to say a few words. Before your son could even speak, he cried on stage in front of the million spectators.

How would you feel? What would you do?

I bet you would have wanted to rush on stage, embrace your child with love and affection and assure him that it is alright 'coz he did his best, that he still have a chance to win next time.

His spirit is completely crushed yet you cannot do anything to ease his pain.

Roger Federer not only lost to Rafael Nadal.

He also lost his chance to equal the record of the great Pete Sampras, the only player in the history of tennis who won 14 Grand Slams.

My dearest Rog is devastated. So am I.

I desperately need to run but I can't.

I can't 'coz my toe is killing me.

What do I do now??

Tell me please . . .


  1. Hi Nora--

    Another Federer fan here. Don't worry, Roger will have another day in court and you will have to ice and rest your toe. check your shoe, it might be the culprit.
    take care...

  2. You just don't know how you made me very happy, Rene! Yes, let's pray that dear Rog will still get his chance to win another Grand Slam.

    About the toe, this the first time that it happened to me. Never had problems with my NB 825 before. Could it be a signal that I should now change it?

  3. Nora, your last line on your toe made me smile. But yes this Federer fan sympathizes with you (although I acknowledge Nadal's power and determination). Indeed, sports is another arena for the drama of human life.

  4. Yehey! Another Federer fan! Thanks for the sympathy Rico. Let's pray that age will not catch up with Roger. He's turning 28 this August 8. Winning another Grand Slam would be extremely difficult for him. Rafa is only 22. Very passionate, aggresive and determined.

  5. Nora, I know how you feel. I felt the same way last Sunday. In fact, I had to run 15k the following day just to make myself feel better.

    But don't you worry. Federer will come back. He will beat that record. And he will make the world right again, haha.

    Nice to see a fellow tennis player who is also a runner.

    mpp650 (Mel)

  6. I would have also run 15K if not for my painful toe, Mel. Kaya dinaan ko na lang sa kain hehe . . .

    I'm happy to know madami din pala tayong tennis player na runner.

    Good luck to all of us!

    Hope to see you soon, Mel.

  7. Nora,

    With the way Nadal plays, I don't think he'll have much longevity and Roger will surely get his turn in the winner's podium. Federer plays so fluidly it almost feels effortless. He's like a tennis ballerina(?)

    Anyway, nothing like a good pint of ice cream will be good for the aching toe. Of course, to eat not to slather ...lol.


  8. I was also shocked he cried but I know he will beat the record. He's strong and young pa. But I was also touched when Rafa put his arms around Roger to sort of calm him down. It was also a god gesture on Roger's part to allow Rafa to say the last words. They have respect for each other.

  9. Hah hah . . . would you believe I really thought Federer was a ballet dancer because of his grace and elegance? One of his fans actually asked him this and NO, he was never a ballet dancer. Roger is the only player who makes tennis appear so easy and effortless.

    Good suggestion Ador. Hmm . . . Double Dutch or Rocky Road will surely do the trick.

  10. Our dear Rog is a true gentleman, Mayi. When he said that Rafa deserved to say the last words, my respect for this man was even elevated to a higher level. Even though it was so difficult for him to speak at that time, he tried his best to say his thoughts because he didn't want to grab the limelight from Rafa. And yes, Rafa is no longer the boastful player that he used to. I guess his no. 1 ranking mellowed him down. Two great players indeed. But I'm still for Roger Federer, whether or not he equals the record of Pete Sampras.

  11. Roger may still be able to equal or even surpass Sampras' record. I think Jimmy Connors was 31 when he won the US Open.

    About your toe, try using a pair of running shoes that is one size longer(I had the same problem before) because when you run longer distances our feet tend to expand (that was the explanation given to me by this shoes specialist).

  12. Thanks for the advise Bong. The problem with my toes, my left toes are longer than my right toes!

    I'm also wishing that Roger may still win his 14th or 15th Grand Slam. Both Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras won their last US Open Championship at age 31. Kaya lang, walang Rafael Nadal nong panahon nila! And that makes a whole big difference.