Unless you have a time machine (and some DNA cloning skills), your chances of playing like the best clay-courter the game has ever seen are probably pretty slim. But here’s the next best thing. All you need are the skills of a first-grader.
Sure, you could do it the hard way: Go back to when you were 3 years old and spend the next decade or so relentlessly pushing your body to the utmost extreme, learn how to play left handed (even if you’re a righty), and never stop fighting, even if you feel like your knees are about to burst into flames.
Or you could take a bit of advice from BBC Sport and download this simple paper mask and strap it on your face during your next match on clay.
It’s really quite simple, actually. Just follow these step-by-step instructions:
- Just click on the mask of Nadal (or Federer, Murray, or Henman) and print it out (color printers work best, but black and white will do, too).
- Then, in true Blue Peter style, get the scissors out, cut it out and for the best result stick the mask on a bit of card (like the back of a cereal box).
- You could even put a bit of string through each ear of the mask or stick it to something like a pen or a ruler to hold it up in front of your face.
And for those of you non-Brits who don’t get the Blue Peter reference, its a children’s cultural icon and the longest-running children’s television show on the BBC. Duh.