What To Do?
One player writes, “At an event, I was teamed with a good player; but everything was a catastrophe… he would miss a shot and yell obscenities at himself and stomp back to the baseline for the next point. The upset was not ever aimed at me (out loud), but it sure didn’t make the tennis any fun to play. I tried encouraging him, but got met with looks and stony silence. What should I have done?”
I too would have tried words of encouragement first… “Don’t worry about it.”…. “Let’s get ready for the next point.”…. etc. But if that failed, I guess I just would have gone silent and tried to focus on my own game and look forward to the time when I could have a better partner.
Looking For A Partner?
On the subject of partners, I am “aging up” to the 75s this year and am very fortunate to be teaming up with my good friend and solid lefty Matt Davie for the first three tournaments (and then with former pro Hank Irvine for a couple in Sarasota, like we did last year).
But I have heard from several players who are looking for partners for the upcoming series. If you are one of them, here are two action steps you can take…
- Post your name, age group, and tennis level here.
- Or, send an email to Larry Turville, who is willing to act as a clearinghouse (firstname.lastname@example.org) and share the names of people looking for partners every couple of weeks before the January tournaments
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