On Less Interesting Grand Slams

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.


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