The sun was shining, and already started to move to the West. After heavy rain you can see a rainbow in the sky, as well as after several unsuccessful games your serve can finally become better. Any opponent should be taken seriously, and beach tennis is a team sport. No matter how cool you are ready for the tournament and how cool you play, it is more important to understand your partner and to control the situation on the court. Ivan Syrov says: “The result of the game depends not on teamwork, but on the number of balls you play and the number of your mistakes”. All theories are good, but I guess, the most important thing is to relax and have fun. This kind of truth caught me on the beach of Martinique.
Usually your opinion about tournament depends on the result that you show there. Sure, it is. But, I swear, we liked Martinique from the beginning. Especially in comparison with the previous impression of Guadeloupe. Everything was so nice and friendly. Not so gorgeous as in Reunion, but really well organized. The views of Martinique are amazing. And if Reunion has all the beauty in the middle of the island, in Martinique it comes to beaches and sea.
Really, everything is so beautiful that I have enough pictures for my phone screen for a whole month, if I change them every day. But this island is a real paradise for mosquitoes. They attack everywhere and always, they are not confused nor the bright sunshine nor the rain. I was bitten so often that I even stopped to feel it. And also here are no bananas, coconuts and orange Paradise. Almost all these tasty things are imported to Caribbean Islands. REMEMBER this and go for vacation to another place.
Now about the tournament: the sand on the beach was black, and it was heated from the sun so bad, so that in the afternoon the hot temperature was felt even through the socks. Players lived in a small Bungalow, a 10-minute walk from the courts.
There were a couple of restaurants and a grocery store. After Guadeloupe we felt like kings. Even WIFI was catching in the house. And the beds in the bungalows were like a Princess beds with a baldachin (we all remember about mosquitoes).
If you look at the fact sheet of the tournament in Martinique, in the events section you can see "party every day". It was really like this. Every day after matches directly on courts were performances by local dancers, fun and celebration, beer was floating like a river (no, of course I don't drink). At some point everything began to seem unreal. Three extraordinary weeks of beach tennis. It's not like real life, more like blowing out the candles of a birthday cake. A moment of bright emotions stretched in time. This is the lifestyle of beach tennis. And I'm not talking about partying, I talk about the game, travel, people and sport, of course.
Our neighbors in Martinique painted their Bungalow in all sorts of colors, and decorated the entrance with the inscription "the house where happiness lives". The same can be said about beach tennis. It is kind of drug, which makes people happy. Beach tennis players love this game and ready to travel around the world to feel this atmosphere again and again. To live in this unrealistic tale, where are no normal flow of time, the clock stopped long ago and time messed up. And no matter where you came from, how old are you, what are you doing in real life. The centre is a tennis court which calls for all around. Soon beach tennis became commercial and it will be a different story. But in the moment, leaving behind the warmth of the Caribbean Islands, I'm happy that summer will start soon.