Johnny Mac’s Satori

On why McEnroe did not “act up” around Borg:

[…] Bjorn Borg, whom McEnroe always refers to as his “great” rival, and with whom, on court and off, he was never (or almost never) less than civil. Interestingly, Borg is said to have been a racket thrower as a young teenager. But all traces of any temper were gone by the time he began his rise to the top of the men’s tennis game in the mid-’70s, overtaking Connors and then beginning his competition with McEnroe, which would produce several years of increasingly hard-fought tennis, as they pushed each other’s games with contrasting styles, culminating in 20 or so concentrated minutes of the most galvanizing singles ever played: their fourth-set tiebreaker in the 1980 Wimbledon final. It was a year earlier, indoors in New Orleans, in only their third match against each other as pros (Borg was 22; McEnroe 20), when their relationship as opponents coalesced. They were in the third and deciding set (which McEnroe would eventually win), and it was close. As McEnroe has recounted, “I was getting all worked up and nutty.” At 5-5, Borg had had enough of McEnroe’s antics and motioned him to the net. McEnroe thought Borg was going to berate him. Instead, Borg put his arm around him and said: “It’s O.K. Just relax. It’s O.K. It’s a great match.” [Gerald Marzorati, NY Times]

Tennis Decorum

“Lawn tennis, rooted in the 16th-century game of royal courts and patented in England in 1874 by a retired army cavalry officer, was from the start bound up with notions of character-building. It was a means for the men and women of the English upper class and their American emulators in Boston, Philadelphia and Newport to not only while away summer afternoons (the mixing of the sexes itself requiring a certain decorum), but soon enough to also create competitions in which young men could learn and apply the physical and mental toughness, the robust stamina and self-restraint, that the Victorians saw as the embodiment of gentlemanliness. Players were to congratulate opponents on their winning shots and call any balls they hit near a line “in”; were to apologize when they won a point on a poorly struck ball; were to shake hands with a smile at the net after a match, win or (especially) lose.” — Gerald Marzorati [August 2011 NY Times Sunday Magazine]

Funeral Services for “Eight Mile Rock’s Best” Jack Bartlett

Funeral Service for the late JACKSON BARTLETT, Age 46, for- merly of #25 Robyn Drive, Freeport, will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev’d Fr. Rudolph V. Cooper. Interment will follow in the St. Stephen’s Church Cemetery, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.

Only weeks prior to his death he had won the mixed doubles with Terah Smith in the local 2011 Kwan Yin tournament.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Betty Bartlett; children: Tevin and Tyla Bartlett; father: Sherwin Bartlett; father-in-law: Rev. Hosea Lewis; mother-in-law: Joanna Lewis brothers: Elvis and Paledon (Dave) Bartlett; sister: Jeanette Miller; brothers-in- law: Cai Miller, Hosea, Troy, Jefferson, Elvis and Jason Lewis, Leroy Saunders and Emmitt Higgins; sisters-in-law: Cheryl Bartlett, Coleen Vincent, Laverne Saunders, Stephanie Higgins, Rachel, Shantel, Quitel, Kristen and Davina Lewis; uncles: Atwall Jr., Leslie Gray, Willis Sears, Elcott, Huylan, Revous and Wilkie Bartlett; uncles-in-law: Cyril Lewis, Collins, Malachi and Nathaniel Hield; aunts: Merceletta Rolle, Marie Gray, Sharon Whitehearse of Florida, Violet and Monvella Bartlett, Louise and Ernestine Gray, Rosalee Greenslade; aunts-in-law: Lillian, Merlene, Rose and Rosie Hield, Curlene, Meldora, Margaret and Bernice Lewis. nephews: Marc, Paledon Jr., Joseph, Troy Jr., Myles, Trevaugn, D’Vonte, Jordan, Jeremiah, Geovanni, Zach, Emmitt Jr. and Emmile; nieces: Veronica, Latoya, LaNique, LaRicca, LaTess, Azariah, Tiphanie and Emma, Tivia, Deandra and Danielle; grand nephews: Mathias, Aiden, Antonio, Jaaz and Joseph; grand niece: Antonia and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be held at the Russell’s and Pinder’s Funeral Home, August 19, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the church from 11:30 a.m. until the service.