I believe it takes a strong mind, as well as a strong body, to live life to its fullest.The late New York Times Bridge columnist Alan Truscott observed that there may be a correlation between tennis and bridge. Many bridge experts play tennis enthusiastically for exercise. (Ed. note: the great Eddie Kantar comes to mind.) Conversely, many tennis stars like Martina Navratilova play bridge contentedly when they are not needed on court. 5
Bridge is more than just a card game. It’s a cerebral sport. Bridge teaches you logic, reasoning, quick thinking, patience, concentration and partnership skills.
Last year at Wimbledon, when we got rained off, I spent my time playing bridge to keep me sharp and on my toes. An evening of bridge at home with family and friends is so much more enjoyable than sitting around watching TV, unless a good tennis match is on.
Bridge has meant a lot to me in my travels. No matter where I go, I can always make new friends at the bridge table.
You know, tennis is a sport for a lifetime, and bridge is a game for a lifetime. It can be enjoyed by young and old, male and female, weak and strong. It crosses all barriers!
1 Thomas, J. (1984, June 25). Miss Navratilova Serves Notice: She’ll Improve. The New York Times.2, 3 Navratilova, M. and George Vecsey. (1985). Martina. Knopf. 4 Grant, A. (1987). Bridge by Audrey Grant: The Club Series: Volume 1 - Bidding. The American Contract Bridge League. 5 Truscott, A. (1988, November 27). Bridge; Courtside Analysis. The New York Times.
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