Lenah and I watched a new episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians yesterday, an episode where a big part of the family and especially the “momanager” Kris Jenner got into their heads to start playing tennis. Something which, according to Jenner’s biography, they did a lot back in the days. The majority of the tennis segment was based around how much Kris Jenner moans when she hits the ball. They thought it absolutely ridiculous which can mean two things:
1. They had nothing better to work on for the show.
2. They have never ever seen women’s tennis.
I would think it’s a combination of both. This season of Keeping up with the Kardashians seems even more contrived, staged and made-up than previous seasons. My guess is that they’re running out of ideas and I can’t blame them. How long can a reality show last anyway?
I would neither blame them for not watching women’s tennis. Why? Well, it’s both slower and way more one-dimensional than men’s tennis. They have a distinct lack of interesting profiles (compare with Nadal and Federer for example) and they seem to have a new world number one every other day. The grunting is also an annoying problem (just watch any match with Maria Shaparova to see what I mean) which doesn’t seem to go away. To explain why players breathe/grunt it’s because it improves a player’s rhythm and concentration. You see it sometimes also in the men’s game, but not to the extent of the power shriekers on the WTA Tour.
But this post wasn’t going to be about women’s tennis, it was going to be about the Chanel tennis racket that Kim Kardashian bought for her mother when she realized (make empathy sound effect here) she had gone too far in mocking her moaning. Why would fashion and fragrance giant Chanel venture into tennis? I guess to please the likes of Kardashians and other people with fat wallets and very little imagination on what to spend it on (it’s around $900 on ebay, a pro racket is about $200). I don’t think it plays as well as a pro racket for example, but I haven’t “test driven” it, but it has a classy feel, much like the Slazenger racket that Tim Henman used to play with.
When I come to think of it, the post is not really about the Chanel tennis racket either, it’s about the Kardashians. Lenah and I have been watching the show for a while now and it seems like it’s on it’s final stretch. People usually make a face-cringe when you tell them you watch and sometimes enjoy the Kardashians, it’s looked upon to be in poor taste, especially by men who think football is an interesting sport (it’s not really if you think about it). I’ve had an excuse for it, calling it research for my upcoming novel about the Hollywood lifestyle (titled Hollywood P.A), but in all fairness, it can be quite entertaining. Especially the last season of Kim and Kourtney take New York where you got a glimpse of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries‘ fairytale wedding, which, we were not surprised, was over within a season.
Anyway, this whole post has become a digression. Let’s summarize:
1. Chanel tennis racket looks good but is not worth $900
2. Women’s tennis is not very entertaining and some players exaggerate the shrieking.
3. The Kardashians have been entertaining over the years, but are running out of ideas.
4. You need to watch this space, because my second novel, titled Hollywood PA, will be up here before too long.
5. Oh, almost forgot, football is overrated.
Now go and have a nice day. /JE