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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus listens to music prior to her Ladies' Singles first round match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Joel Drucker: Songs in the Key of Tennis

One of the more sublime moments of a pro tournament are those times in the morning or late afternoon when players are practicing and music is piping through the stadium. Music floating through tennis can be at once relaxing and inspirational. Come to think of it, shouldn’t those two aspects be harmonized?

So in my quest to further align tunes and tennis, two days ago, I posted this question on Facebook: What song best defines your approach to playing the game?

The results broke down into three categories:


“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar

“Stronger” – Kanye West

“Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)” – Paul Revere & The Raiders

“Tubthumping” -- Chumbawamba

- “I get knocked down/But I get up again”

“Now You’re Messing With (Son of a Bitch)” – Nazareth

“Lunatic Fringe” – Red Rider


“Taking Care of Business” – Bachman Turner Overdrive

“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen

- “easy come, easy go”

“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” – Al Green

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – Rolling Stones

“Smile Away” – Paul McCartney & Wings


“I’m A Loser” – The Beatles

“Anyone for Tennis” – Cream

“While My Kramer Gently Weeps” – The Beatles (?)

“Hotel California” – Eagles

- “you can check out anytime you want/but you can never leave”

My own favorite comes from The Doors, a song titled “Five to One” that features these lyrics: “no one here gets out alive.”

Happy tennis this weekend.

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