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October 5, 2012

Watching Tennis テニス観戦

My brother Shoki Hachiya is a pro tennis player. He came all the way from Japan to Southern California to play tournaments, so Glen and I got some wine and cheese and went out to support him. Glen voluntarily became a mascot for Shoki during the tournament. I bet it is such a cheering that there is a mascot fight with the player.


(Volunteer Mascot Glen ボランティアマスコットのグレン)

What’s really entertaining about watching tennis for me is to watch players’ change of emotions and meltdown. Tennis is a mental sports. Players have to fight not only their opponents but also themselves. You can’t survive in the tennis world without tough mental strength. I saw many players who looked extremely bummed during their matches. The way they get bummed is so obvious sometimes that I can’t help cheering them up in my head.


I saw many players flipped out as well. Some of them started fighting with referees. And the referee gave  them court violation and racket abuse, and they got even more angry.


Of course there were lots of great matches and good sportsmanship. It’s always great to see those.


Shoki Hachiya

Mitchell Krueger

Besides watching tennis, I really enjoyed staying at Ayres Hotel, one of the official hotels for the tennis tournaments. I never went out unless I had to because outside the hotel was just an identical demonic industrial maze of Costa Mesa/ Irvine. I was very happy and surprised to find a place I liked in Costa Mesa.


Court Yard

Free Cookies. Fuck Yeah!

I really should try Alibaba Motel that I drove by as well if I have another chance to stay in Orange County again.