With the tournament over, we now have plans to head north out of London. Before we left, we went back to the Queens Club to see a rackets match. It was pretty impressive with 4 people in a closed-in space, hitting the ball really hard and still not manage to injure each other!
Rackets is new to me. We haven't got a court to play in in Australia, so in between our real tennis matches, we arranged for a lesson in rackets - just to experience it. It's played in a room with walls like squash but the court is much much larger, rackets are longer and the ball travels extremely fast. We were given protective glasses to wear which I appreciated. I was hit by the ball on it's forth bounce, the the sting lasted about 30 seconds! It turned a swollen blue spot soon after!
Unfortunately, I didn't take to the game well. I found the racket way too long and kept getting too close to the ball (similar situation when I switched from badminton to squash). Of course I kept missing it and only managed a few hits in the hour of lesson! Howard Angus, our coach was extremely patient :) - thanks Howard. Jeremy on the other hand, was pretty good and had a few good rallies with Howard.
If you are curious enough, follow this link to find out about rackets.