When I was younger, “open tournament”
Meant anyone could play. You didn’t need
To qualify. I thought that’s what it meant
In general. You see, I didn’t read
About tennis. Until now. Now I know
The “opens” are misnomers, in that sense.
But worry not; it isn’t like there’s no
Well-named major. The system’s recompense
Is Wimbledon; the single name is all
We need to hear to know what it’s about.
Long nights, enduring ties, a fuzzy ball–
Different connotations, but still no doubt
For each of us. Turns out, someone will write
Poems for the tournament. Read those, I might.