Just recently, I was invited to fill-in for an injured 70+ friend and go to Cleveland to play doubles in the Senior Olympics (and have a very good chance of winning a medal)… and chose not to. That decision made me reflect on my “tennis motivations.”
My family (who happened to be visiting with us at the Lake at the time) asked me, “If you really care about tennis so much, why don’t you go?”
Getting on a plane and flying to Cleveland in the middle of July, to stay in a hotel for a week, and play one match a day vs. staying in our cottage on Lake Sunapee and playing/practicing with my friends just was not appealing.
And compare that sentiment with the efforts of another New Hampshire friend to win a Gold Ball some year by flying around the country (and the world) to play as many tournaments as possible.
After some days of reflection, I came to this conclusion…
I care more about the PROCESS than the results. I LOVE playing tennis and working hard to try to get better every year – even as I reach the lofty age groups. But I care more for the satisfaction that skill and improvement brings me, than the satisfaction of improving my ranking (which I don’t even know what it is).
P.S. Congrats to Naples friend George Dalphon who DID go to Cleveland and won the Gold in both 60s singles and doubles. The link to the full results is HERE.
How about you… what turns you on in your tennis game?
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