Two weekends ago, I went, with no expectations, to see The Hunger Games.
I was surprised! The movie was very entertaining, and it definitely impressed me. In case someone doesn’t know, the movie takes place in the dystopic land of Panem. (Panem is the Latin word for bread. A famous Roman once said that the government can subdue the populace with bread and circuses; in other words, as long as the people are fed and entertained they won’t care what the government does.) In this land, the Capital orders the twelve districts of Panem to select two youths, one boy and one girl, to travel to the Capital and fight to the death on a national broadcast.
One of the best parts of this movie is the main character, Katness, or as I joyfully call her, the anti-Bella! Katness is a powerful, active heroine. She volunteers to take her sister’s place in the games, she hunts, shoots a bow and arrow, climbs trees, and even outwits the Gamemaster. (Suck on that Bella!) 🙂
Anyway, after watching The Hunger Games, it struck me that tennis is a lot like The Hunger Games. As Katness says, only one of the 24 will come out alive. When a Grand Slam starts, 128 players begin, and all but one of them will leave on a losing streak. Of course, they don’t fight to the death. But it’s pretty close!
Also, a big part of The Hunger Games is getting sponsors. It’s not enough to be strong, they also have to make an impression. The tributes are cleaned up and put on a talk show before they compete, and their sponsors can provide them with food and medicine during the Hunger Games. In the same way, it’s just as important for tennis players to get sponsors. Let’s face it, The Big Three + Andy (Andy, when you win a Grand Slam, I’ll include you in the group!) make a killing on endorcements. I could go on about the similarities between tennis and The Hunger Games, but I think that’s enough for today. Just wanted to throw that out there.