Cooley achieves perfection.

You can always count on Sean Cooley to deliver sarcastically funny zingers when the paddle conversation strays too far into self-indulgence, like this gem regarding the previous blog post from David Brock.

“Open Court at 6pm tonight is booked for Cooley match. There will be no promotion of this event. Do not under any circumstances come out and watch. Some of us did play high school tennis too though…????”

This post, however, is about Sean’s quest for the “perfect paddle serve”.  

Most all of us struggle to manufacture a passable serve — one that consistently falls into the service court without being rocketed back into our feet — let alone “the perfect serve”. To realize such a feat, one would have to craft a shot of such poise and power as to be unhittable, while simultaneously effortless in its execution. 

The Holy Grail.

And yet… on the very last match of the season, in the midst of a heavy snowfall — the kind that leaves matches searching for any human being with a pulse to complete a foresome — that’s exactly what was accomplished (and amazingly caught on camera by Ted Stuckslager) on Thursday night, March 30th, 2023.

Reminiscent of Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comăneci’s first perfect 10 in the 1976 Olympics, Cooley delivered something miraculous: platform tennis’ first true perfect serve.

Documented by Sean’s unbiased son. you judge for yourself. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words… this one needs just 11 (the, perfect, serve, peak, toss, cocked, elbow, bent, knees, weight, forward).

Truly sublime, Sean.