Whether or not you believe there is an extreme health crisis going on, everyone’s life has changed in the last three weeks; and the senior tennis community (emphasis on “senior”) is no exception. But what are YOU doing about it?
All Group Activities Are Canceled
Down here is sunny (and delightfully hot) Florida, most all the courts are open; but the leagues, events, and clinics have all been canceled. A van-load of six of us were supposed to go over to Miami for the pro tournament; but that too has been canceled.
For me, I am still trying to maintain my regular, 6-times-a-week playing schedule. I sanitize my hands both before and after getting to the courts; and most of us have been months ahead of the curve on no longer shaking hands.
Not being a medical expert, I believe getting outdoors, getting exercise, and sweating has to be better for you than sitting in the house.
But perhaps this crisis can provide a healthy hiatus for those players who have been playing with a lingering injury. Taking the time off to heal, rehab, and do cross training may be beneficial in the long run.
Several of my friends have reported switching to walking long distances or riding exercise bikes to work off their cabin fever.
Or if you have a practice wall near you, that can help groove your strokes (with no human interaction). Also, practice devices like The Tennis Eye Coach will let you practice at home.
And with all pro sports suspended, there is NO live sports to watch on TV. When I complained about that to DeDe, she said, “You never watched sports live anyway: you always recorded and watched later!” But there is always the Tennis Channel showing their “classic matches.”
Also, there are these things called “books” that can provide hours of good personal entertainment. For those who are tech savvy enough, most all libraries offer a huge selection of e-books that you can download without ever leaving your house.
I am primarily a reader of fiction; and am currently working through a good book by Ace Atkins; but would recommend tennis biographies of Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova as good reads, or even my “Senior Tennis” book!
And, I am a big fan of great shows on both Netflix and Amazon Prime.
P.S. Thanks to the two readers who suggested this topic.
How about YOU, how are you coping?
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