Written by: Gabriel Lim
Edited by: Sarah Cheng
Tennis. A racquet sport that is extremely difficult to pick up, and even more difficult to master. Many a KEVIIan found that out, to their dismay, on the seventh day of IBG… the hard way.
You’d expect the atmosphere at the MPC to be tingling with anticipation and excitement, but unfortunately, a number of players present were more adept with burying their faces in books than scoring an ace. Tears are rolling down my cheeks even now, as I write this article, as I mourn the fate of many innocent tennis balls unceremoniously struck by many aspiring tennis players over the fence and into the neighbouring forest.
Each game was played was a ‘Best of Three’ system, with the team that won two matches being awarded the match.
‘A Team Goal requires a Team effort.’ – George M. Gilbert
Despite the fact that only a few had any significant experience with the game, it was truly heartening to see the more experienced players lending a helping hand to those who were completely clueless about the sport.
‘The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.’ – Helen Keller
E vs F
Although new to the game, the players still managed to keep up a surprisingly high level of energy throughout the entire match. The players were spurred on by the deafening cheers from the F Block supporters present, who were especially exuberant (please refer to the image above for a more accurate pictorial description) when their representatives finally performed a legitimate serve in the second set. The F blockers eventually went ahead to take the entire match and steamrolled E Block with a score of 2 – 0. Well done F Block!
Afternote: Alas, the match had a particularly sad ending as Anders from E Block concluded the match by executing a backhand smash that sent the ball flying over into the neighbouring forest.
Let us pause for a minute of silence in respect for the fallen ball.
‘Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.’ – Edwin Markhan
CD vs GH
No mercy was accorded at all to Cherie and Sze Min from CD, despite the fact that they had picked up a tennis racquet for the first time only 30 minutes before their conscription into the match against GH. Though they fought valiantly against their opponents, they eventually succumbed to the overwhelming skill of the team fielded by GH with a score of 0-2.
Cherie shares with us her maiden tennis experience:
‘Today’s match was really an eye-opener for me as I had initially thought that it would be quite easy for me to learn the sport quickly, but to my surprise, grasping the art of hitting the ball at the precise moment and guiding it to move in the direction I want it to is actually more difficult than it looks!’
We feel you, Cherie.
‘Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.’ – Billie Jean King
AB vs CD
The atmosphere during this match leant more towards tranquillity as all four players were relatively inexperienced with the sport. After a few botched serves at the start, Ting Fang from AB managed to up the tempo of the match by getting a few decent serves in.
Despite their obvious tiredness of the girls, (please refer to Fig 2.13 below) AB managed to soldier on and edge CD out with a score of 2 – 1.
The enthusiastic attitudes displayed by all players (despite the obvious differences in skill between those present) is a culture that can only be witnessed during IBG. It was obvious from all the hearty laughter and quirky puns made by those present that everyone enjoyed the overall experience and atmosphere of the night’s games. That ‘Never-Say-Die’ spirit displayed by the KEVIIans is surely one to be remembered.
CD vs E
Associate Professor Daniel J. MacAllister, the Residential Fellow from CD Block, was present to support the CD players, and gamely stepped up when asked to play in a Men’s Doubles match against E Block. Prof Dan showed off his tremendous dexterity on the court, dashing up and down the court with his nimble footwork to repel furious serves from the E Block, and adding to CD’s score by personally scoring 5 aces!
This exciting match climaxed in the third set where both teams were stuck in a nail-biting deuce, until Jerry finally wrenched the advantage and led CD to victory with a score of 2 -1. Well done CD!
Match of the Night: F vs GH
This match, which was held about halfway through the games proved to be the most intense one of the night, as all four participants were clearly adept at the game. The result was a nerve-wracking, high-energy game which saw lightning-fast serves from KE’s very own tennis captain Yu Jin representing GH Block, and masterful forehand volleys from F Block’s Arnold as he attempted to stall the GH offensive.
In the end, however, Yu Jin’s mastery of the sport proved to be too much for the F Block players, and they eventually succumbed to the superior skill of the GH Block players with a score of 2 -1.
‘All audiences watching the various tennis matches are advised to remain at a safe distance from the matches and not sit in large groups in the obvious lines of fire so as to reduce the possibility of them being hit by tennis balls.’ – Prof Dan
Without further ado, here are the overall results for IBG 15/16 Tennis:
|Men’s Doubles||Women’s Doubles||Mixed Doubles||Winner|
|E vs CD||1 – 2 (3)||2 – 0||0 – 2||CD|
|CD vs F||0 – 2||2 – 1 (4)||0 – 2||F|
|AB vs GH||0 – 2||0 – 2||2 – 0||GH|
|E vs F||0 – 2||2 – 0||0 – 2||F|
|F vs AB||1 – 2 (1)||2 – 0||0 – 2||F|
|CD vs AB||1 – 2 (1)||1 – 2 (4)||2 – 0||AB|
|E vs GH||0 – 2||0 – 2||2 – 0||GH|
|CD vs GH||0 – 2||0 – 2||2 – 0||GH|
|AB vs E||2 – 1 (1)||0 – 2||2 – 1 (1)||AB|
|F vs GH||1 – 2 (2)||0 – 2||2 – 1 (3)||GH|
|GH||1st||4 – 0|
|F||2nd||3 – 1|
|AB||3rd||2 – 2|
|CD||4th||1 – 3|
|E||5th||0 – 4|
As the tennis racquets return to their boxes, and the humans return to bury their faces in books, let us not forget the experiences shared and friendships forged during IBG 15/16 for Tennis! Let us hope for a more vibrant IBG 16/17 next year!
All photos courtesy of KE Vision.