After nine months of limping pain, hip replacement, and rehab … I finally returned to the singles court for my first match. It was enlightening!
Singles vs. Doubles
While doubles is a great game that accentuates racquet skills and provides great social interaction, the singles game provides benefits of its own. There is a totally different “rhythm” to a singles match, where every shot is “Yours!” You are planning more points two shots ahead and staying on the balls of your feet more.
The exercise and cardio benefits for me are much greater. Thankfully, this singles match was on the first day of Naples first winter “cold front,” where the temps were only in the high 60s. But I was still able to feel my heart rate get elevated and stay there for longer periods of time.
Post Surgery Status
And amazingly, I was very happy with my footwork. While I feel I am still at 95% of “my former self,” that was still good enough for me to be able to run side to side + to be able to get to most of the drop shots thrown my way!
The winter tournaments? I don’t know if I am ready to play both singles and doubles at the tournament level come January; but we shall see.
Your thoughts on singles vs. doubles?
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