When will the US Davis Cup captain NOT invite the aging Bryan brothers to play doubles for our country? When will YOU not be invited to play in a regular doubles game because you are slowing down?
The American team took a “commanding” 2-0 lead over the Croatians in this year’s quarterfinal round, with the Bryan brothers taking to the court to clinch the tie for the U.S. on the middle Saturday.
The 38 year-old twins suffered just their fifth Davis Cup loss in 29 outings – by far the greatest team we have ever fielded. It is only natural that both the pros and us will slow down as we age; but it is sad to see. John Isner and Jack Sock, who both had solid wins in the opening round, then followed by losing both their matches on Sunday.
You and Me
We all play with people who “used to be a lot better,” and are constantly moaning about their decline. What we have to do is remind ourselves of the Alcoholics Anonymous’ “Serenity Prayer,”
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
No matter how old we are, there are still parts of our game or physical conditioning we can work on to at least SLOW the process. For example, every time I end a practice session, I try to work in Reflex Volleys for about ten minutes. This really helps maintaining racquet head speed during fast moving doubles matches.
“The wisdom to know the difference”
The beauty of this game of ours is that we can always find players at our “level,” whatever that is. It could be with fellow aging players or it could even be with younger, less skilled players.
But also remember the philosophy of one of my favorite quotes from George Bernard Shaw: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing.” So, never stop.
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