Playing The Moldovans At Tennis
The conversation, oddly, turns to tennis, which Arthur has always asserted is a 'crap game', especially after Tony beat him at it on holiday in Majorca, easily. A pedantic argument ensues, Tony believing that even a 'natural sportsman or sportswoman' couldn't be good at tennis without the proper tuition.
Arthur vowing that most natural sportsmen (like the footballers on the telly) could pick up a racket and, without too much bother, play a good game, in fact, they could beat Tony (ex-Sussex junior champion, former Equity Knockout winner).
And so a childish bet was proffered that Tony couldn't play all of the Moldovan national football team at tennis (I believe a hundred pounds is sufficient to get you doing these kind of things) and beat them all. I could, I could beat them all, said Tony. Not every single one of them, taunted his friend conspiratorially, one of them is bound to be very good. A further carrot was clearly needed. Look if you beat them all then I'll stand naked on Balham High Street and sing the Moldovan National Anthem, with a pixie hat on - on your head. Alright, as long as you supply the hat. The bet was on.
First published: Friday 4th January 2002
- Distributor: Ebury Press
- Catalogue: 0091874564
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