that a nice break," Father said. "We get to play each other
get on with it?"
"But don't you and Larry want to practice a little?"
gonna be a long day, and we'd like to save our strength for later."
Father spun his
racket. "Rough or smooth?" he said.
said Mr. Brock.
said Father, and went back to serve.
choked his racket about halfway up, threw the ball a foot or so in the air and
awkwardly patted it toward the net on a high, lazy arc. It bounced twice before
hitting the net. Father took his second serve, this time barely ticking the
ball. Mr. Brock shouted "Love-five."
sorry," Father said. "I thought you knew I was taking two practice
Mr. Brock walked
back into position and said huffily, "You starting now?"