A phantom


It was August 1995 in Toronto. The tournament chosen by me was The Rogers’ Cup and was better know in tennis circles as The Canadian Open, and was one of the oldest running tournaments of the world.

What was so special about this particular year and this particular tournament?

It was my first tournament after the incident. Although I physically recovered in just a few weeks, the mental scars took longer to heal. Would I ever be the same again? I don’t know.

For now, I was but a phantom of my earlier self.


This post is an imagining of what would have been going through Monica Seles [Wikipedia link] mind during her ‘comeback tournament’ two years after a crazed fan stabbed her in the back.


This post has been written for the Trifecta : Week One Hundred writing challenge where the post had to include the following meaning of the word phantom : a representation of something abstract, ideal or incorporeal.

21 thoughts on “A phantom

  1. Imagine! How could someone write that, I am so impressed more by the concept than the writing itself. Writing is good too but the idea is so out of the world. Amazing stuff man!


    • @Kalpana, glad that you enjoyed the post 😀 and yes, she was one of my favorites too, although I liked Steffi Graf better 🙂

  2. Good one Jairam-a tough call when one cannot be what one was but hopefully the emotional scars will heal too :-)I like the picture too with it’s positive and negative connotations-positive cos she is a sportsperson and is by nature tough and resilient but the emotional scars are the grey areas and the dark silhouette signifies the phantom she has become-amazing!

    • @atrm61, glad that you liked the post 🙂 to be very honest I didn’t quite think of the picture in so many terms when I put it up, it was just that I didn’t want to put Monica Seles’ picture on the post, that’s all 🙂 but loved the way you interpreted the picture in such a wonderful manner 🙂

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