Why do you drag yourself onto the tennis court several times a week or drive a couple of hours to play a league or tournament match? Thanks to Ian Westerman, EssentialTennis.com, for this reminder self-introspective question, which could help you have more enjoyment out there.
Got Clobbered Today
Chuck and I played the #1 seeded team of Mike Dahm and Larry Back today and got beat 6-1, 6-1. BUT it was a beautiful Florida day with blue skies and temps in the mid 80s … and those of us in our own mid 70s are still running around chasing that little yellow ball.
In answer to his own question, Ian Westerman writes, “More than likely your response falls into one of three buckets: competition, social interaction, or exercise (it might not, those are just the most common first answers).
Don’t stop there! Ask yourself “why” again, and when you get your next answer, ask again, until you arrive at your fifth answer.”
For me, my answers are:
- Exercise – I confess… I am an addict … addicted to having daily exercise of some kind. If I don’t get it, I become uncomfortable.
- Friendship – The two who beat us today are friends and very nice guys. And as another example, a group of us play every Monday morning at Spike Gonzales’ club and then go out to lunch afterwards. And the lunch has become just about as important as the tennis.
- Learning a skill – As a late-comer to tennis, I am still learning and still enjoying the learning experience. I feel for the guys who “used to be a lot better.”
How about YOU, why do you play tennis?
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