Why do tennis players enter tournaments or join competitive leagues? There appear to be many reasons and they vary dramatically from one player to another.
“I came to win!”
At a recent tournament, a player came to me at the end of the event complaining that he was there to make sure that he got the default “he deserved.” He said the doubles team they were supposed to play in the finals couldn’t be there; but the tournament was trying to work it so that the “Lucky Loser” could move forward and play in the finals.
He said to me (don’t know why I was his audience of one) that “I didn’t come here to have fun and play tennis – I play every day … I came here to WIN this tournament!”
Is that the right attitude?
For me, I enter USTA tournaments NOT expecting to win; but because I enjoy the camaraderie, the high level of competition, and testing myself against better players.
Sure, there are some of the top players who “play to win” (sometimes at all costs) and look forward to taking home a nice winner’s check. But when you can pay up to $1,000 to travel and stay at a tournament venue, a $100 or $200 payday hardly impacts the bottom line.
Why do YOU play (or NOT play)?
Can’t beat them? … Join Them!
For the next two weeks, I will again be teaming up with Hank Irvine (as I did last year) for two USTA tournaments in Sarasota. Surprisingly, we are defending champs in both.
For the seeds, draws and match times for next week at Payne Park, Sarasota, just click HERE.
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