All I want for set point is my two front teeth

The early morning sun was beating down. The sweat was dripping off my brow. I stood at the base line line on Moskito Island’s tennis court, racquet in hand. I was set point down, determined to win the point to keep me in the game. I hit the ball hard to my opponents left, he scrambled a return. As he moved into the net, I moved in for the kill…


No, I didn’t smash the ball over the net for a glorious winner. I went for a lob…and somehow ended up smashing my two front teeth with my racquet! I’ve heard of tennis elbow, but this was tennis teeth. As you can see from the photo, it was not pretty.

Thankfully, there was a wonderful local dentist (Dr Garfield Neita) who quickly had a smile back on my face. Next day I was back on the court, getting my revenge by beating our resident tennis pro.

After the treatment I was given a dollar by the Tooth Fairy, which made it all worthwhile! 

I’ve been in the wars somewhat in 2016. Earlier in the year I was “kissed” by a shark – getting a bite from a stingray in the Cayman Islands. 

Later the same day I managed to walk face-first into a bullet proof glass door and got a painful cut above my left eye. I was given three stitches, and got back on the tennis court that evening!

I’d like to say I’ll be more careful in future, but when I’m on the tennis courts – as with pretty much everywhere else – I love competing and having fun. Hopefully the next time there’s a smash, it’s my forehand and not my forehead!

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