2005-07-29 / Community

Wave Artist Laments Tennis Loss

The Belle Harbor Yacht Club was humbled recently by their Breezy Point counterparts in a series of doubles tennis matches. Wave Editorial Cartoonist Bob Sarnoff was among the losers. This is his account.

When you see eight of your neighbors walking on Beach 116 Street, wearing a Groucho Marx nose complete with glasses, eyebrows, and moustache, they are most likely a sorry group of tennis players who got whooped on Sunday morning.

Soon into the challenge it became evident why this team from Breezy Point, playing on their home turf, would prevail. The invisible currents of air took all the Belle Harbor Yacht Club lobs out of bounds, while the “Breezies” smacked winners into and through the wind. They won the four doubles matches in a breeze.

“It’s good to be humbled,” said Tom.

“Why?” asked Bob.

“Pride is no good.”

“America is great because it is a proud nation,” Jack answered.

“God wants us to achieve greatness,” added another Bob.

Then there was a very long pause.

“When does humility end and poor self esteem set in?” the first Bob had to know.

A much longer pause followed. Then, “Mmmmm,” Tom pondered.

“Let’s win next time,” exclaimed the boys from Belle Harbor.

“Humility, shmumility,” the first Bob Punctuated.

The tennis glove was dropped a few weeks ago when Breezy Point challenged Belle Harbor to a home and home series. The first round is now in the official record books, scores and all.

On August 11, the groups will participate in a rematch at the confines of the clay-like courts of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Here the claustrophobic fencing, the guts from the bay and the ocean, and the protruding pine trees, may work to the home team’s advantage.

In a few weeks, if you see eight middle aged men discarding their disguises into a dumpster on Beach 116 Street, you’ll know who the victors were in round two of what might just become an annual event.

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