After the game, my husband, who hadn’t been able to make it out to watch, asked me what happened. I had to answer with a simple “I don’t know.” Thinking about it, I realize that “I don’t know” has been my answer after most of my ladder match losses and poor hitting sessions. I don’t know what went wrong.
And not for lack of analysis. I am obsessed with researching all things tennis.
My mind has been a jumble of questions since, really, long before the final. It seems like the deeper I delve into tennis, the more questions I have.
- Is my backhand going to hold up for this? What if she attacks it?
- Should I go for consistency or be aggressive?
- How can I find more time to practice my overhead?
- Why can’t I flatten out my forehand to get some more pace on it?
- Am I getting enough protein to sustain these workouts? Why am I so tired?
- Am I going to be healthy enough to play?
- Why do I even compete? I love playing tennis but tournaments are so stressful!
- I put so much into this, what does it say about me if I lose?
Are any of these questions familiar to you? I struggle with most of them and many others on a near-daily basis, or at least during tennis season. And no, I’m not a professional tennis player. Not even close. What I am is an extremely passionate recreational player who is driven to become the best tennis player she can be.
I could make this blog all about the positive ways that being a recreational tennis addict has changed my life In the 3 or so years that I’ve been playing seriously. How I’ve learned and improved, both on and off the court, by studying the work of great coaches and players, and the connections and friends I’ve made through tennis. How tennis has brought a new spark to my life that I hadn’t imagined possible. And how I have found there is so much information accessible through the internet now that a woman can begin playing tennis seriously in her thirties and, with a mix of live and online coaching, independent research and a whole lot of heart, can excel at the sport.
I am relatively new to the game, and have worked hard over the past few years to improve my strokes, fitness, and strategy. But I’m finding that tennis is so much more than being able to hit a penetrating forehand or being fast enough to run down a drop shot. It is being able to do these things consistently and while under pressure. Being able to read your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and deciding where to hit your shots. Developing a game plan and understanding when to stick to it and when adjustments need to be made. And above all being fit and healthy enough to be able to have fun playing tennis for a long time.
Tennis is an amazing sport that has changed my life for the better, and this blog will show that. But becoming a great tennis player while trying to lead a balanced life is also extremely challenging, and this blog will address this challenge. I often have doubts about why I’m putting so much of myself into tennis, especially as an adult who doesn’t have a Wimbledon title to shoot for. But I’m choosing not to see my doubts as “negatives.” I see them as opportunities to learn, improve and develop as a player and person.
Yes, I feel somewhat lost on my tennis journey right now. I’m hoping that blogging can help me find my way.
This blog will be a space for:
- Defining my goals and keeping myself accountable to them
- Documenting my progress and my experience with various training programs and methods
- Sharing my favourite tennis, nutrition and fitness resources around the web and the world.
- Connecting with others who love tennis
- Demonstrating strategies to balance life with a hobby I am passionate about
- Finding inspiration in myself and others to keep dreaming tennis dreams
This time next year maybe I’ll be holding that Club Championship trophy. But even if I’m not, I know I’ll still be playing and loving tennis.
I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for reading.