The tv is always on in the family room these days. The US Open is a fan fav in my house and the sound of womping tennis balls and primal grunts is all a part of the Labor Day weekend backdrop. My Dad would take me to the matches from the time I was very young, and in those early days the tennis tournament was held at an elegant tennis club in Forest Hills. It was very intimate look at a game that has always been about style, both on and off the court. As much as I love sharing this time of year with my own children, I definitely miss my Dad’s keen observations about the players and the finer points of the game.
I remember watching one match with him in particular, lol. That was in 1987 when Chris Everet lost her George Bedewi-designed diamond line bracelet during a game, and play was temporarily stopped until it was found. According to jewelers lore, this was the birth of the “tennis bracelet” as we know it. A clever marketing tool to be sure, but the diamond line bracelet has been around for longer than 1987, just fyi. I’ve seen examples from the nineteenth century — and I wouldn’t doubt that a few of them made it onto a grassy court (Har-Tru had yet to be invented). Anyway, dates and history aside, the gorgeous and talented ladies who now play the game — Serena, Venus, and Maria — keep it real: they wear their covetable carats during play. Now that’s LOVE.
P.S.*** If you would like to watch a beautifully produced, entertaining yet informative video by Sotheby’s about how diamonds become those lovely objects of desire, click here and then scroll down.