Thursday, April 1, 2004
Living It Up: Tennis Lessons From Monica Seles
Well tonight, it's the end of an era - the very last Living It Up. But, if you know Jackie Johnson, you know she won't let go without making a "racket." Her final assignment - tennis lessons from the one and only Monica Seles.
(WSVN) -- Monica: "Heads up, Jackie!"
Jackie: "We are really living it up today, take a look at who I've got with me, Monica Seles, one of the best tennis players in the world and we are at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, we're gonna get some tennis tips so come on."
Jackie: "What do you do right before a tournament like the NASDAQ? How do you train?"
Monica: "We train quite a few hours, a few hours in the morning, a few hours in the afternoon, and then fitness, and, ideally, you try to play some practice matches to get used to it."
Jackie: "How hard is it to play tennis? I bet it's real competitive?"
Monica: "I haven't been able to play the last few months since I had a stress fracture and just got out of a cast."
Jackie: "So I know you suffered from migraines before..."
Monica: "Yes, I suffered from migraines for many years, it went undiagnosed until the late '90's, and that's when I was finally, in my case, prescribed Imitrex, and it made a world of difference."
Jackie: "And, so, just tell me a little bit, I know you are one of the best female tennis players in the world, and I'm terrible so..."
Monica: "We'll help you. I'll try to help you."
Jackie: "Any tips for me at all?"
Monica: "Well, I think one thing that I'm going to try to have you do is just get ready early and prepare and have a good follow through."
Monica: "So off we go."
Monica: "I think the most important thing is to have a good grip. Open it up and just try to go under the ball."
Monica: "Good shot."
Monica: "Uh-oh, A little late. You were just a little late."
Jackiehitting some more.
Monica: "Oh, wow, there! That had some power on it."
Jackiehits a couple times.
Monica: "I think just a little bit more control, I think."
Monica: "And now let's you and I go hit some balls."
Jackieand Monica hitting.
Jackiegets hit in the head with the ball.
Then there's aflashback sequence with an extended white flash and the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" can be heard.
The flashback sequence continues with clips of several Living It Ups, include Dontrelle Willis, Zach Thomas, Monica Seles.
Monica: "Jackie, Jackie are you okay?"
Then we see Tom Haynes and Delaine Mathieu standing over Jackie.
Tom : "Jackie, Jackie, it's Tom and Delaine."
Jackie: "Oh, Tom, Delaine, it is you!"
Delaine: "You hit your head on a camera, we thought that you were going to leave us."
Jackie: "But I did leave you..."
Tom: "There, there. You just had a bad dream."
Jackie: "But it wasn't a dream. It was a whole show. Zach Thomas was there, and Dontrelle Willis was there, and Monica Seles was there. Don't you believe me?"
Delaine: "Sure, we believe you, Jackie..."
Jackie: "Well, I'm home now and you are all here, and there's no place like home."
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