The sun’s rays poured down onto my shoulders leaving them radiating with heat as sweat trickled down my face and arms. The black rubber grip on my racket spun in my hands as I tried to see out of my eyes which were weighted down with sweat. My breathing became muffled as I sprinted on the tennis court. My eyes were consumed with light reflecting off of the white court lines which impaired my field of vision. The bright neon tennis ball replaced the sun’s brightness in an instant as my eyes only allowed the radiance of the light to shine through. The sun’s heat and my thirst for water were intensified by every passing second. My lips felt my moist breath every time I inhaled the humid air which made my lips feel like a dried, shrunken apple. My feet slid around in my thin socks. The sweat no longer trickled down, but rained down onto my legs. Still, I was determined to put everything I had into this match no matter the end result.
She was up three, and I had zero. We were both running down every ball until our shoes wore out. At the end of the majority of our games, we were tied at deuce which led to the next point deciding the entire game. I turned around to pick up the ball to give back to my opponent as she was serving the next game, and I would casually hear her racket hit the concrete pavement because she was mad she lost the point. Her fiery, orange hair would go up in flames because of this. I would hear her bickering to herself and see her give me the stink eye
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The game of tennis has many aspects. The player has to be able to serve, return or rally, and lastly win the point. Tennis is mainly just all in one’s mind. The player has to be ready and always one step ahead of his or her opponent. Tennis can be applied to an argument. The person arguing has to serve or try and get across his or her opinion. Then return the favor by letting the other person get theirs across. Lastly, the people arguing need to be able to find a winner, or find an alternative.
Counting down the seconds in a crowded dark hallway, listening behind doors to the song Welcome to the Jungle blasting in the gymnasium mixed with the sounds of the crowds roaring. The only thoughts going through everyone's head, is that this might be the last time we ever play together again. As soon as the song gets to the que we run out of the hallway under a tunnel made of arms, running into the moment that can make it or break it.
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Anthony and Tom both had made it to the finals. The score was tied. Tom gave a short return, which Anthony easily volleyed. He realized his mistake too late. Tom returned a powerful backhand, headed straight to Anthony’s face. He shielded his face with the racket, the force caused him to fall on his elbow… hard. It was over. A ball boy came up to him and asked if he was alright. Anthony didn’t reply. He lost because of a stupid mistake. He thought of everyone he let down, his family, his father, and himself. He thought of his dad, who wouldn’t give up no matter what. Anthony realized he shouldn’t either. He looked at the scoreboard, he had luckily gotten the last score. All he needed was one more point to win. Tom served strong. Anthony ran up to the ball and with every ounce of energy he had left… he swung. Tom couldn’t return it. Anthony had
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