As I currently sit in my comfy chair, I am sore head to toe. I played tennis for two hours and forty-five minutes last night in 47 degrees weather. This was only one match. I repeat the same extreme exercise at least four times a week. Such a regimen has built me the best body I have ever had. Mock my choice to build my life around tennis, but it has given me a "porn star" body. But it hasn't always been this way.
Last March, I almost gave it all up. I got knocked out of the Austin tennis tournament 6-4, 6-4 by the #2 seed. I put everything I had into that game, but I still came up short. I remember wanting to quit tennis all together. If I couldn't ever be good at it, I didn't want to play anymore. I was at a crossroads during that fateful day.
Fortunately, I don't easily give up. I needed a better me. So, I joined an adult men's league last Fall where every one of those players play better than anyone I face in a GLTA
tournament. I even upgraded my singles competition to include two individuals that regularly hit 12-25 aces a match. Yes, my overall record against these individuals is below .500, but the gap in our skills is quickly closing. I even expanded the sheer number of individuals I can play on a weekly basis to five to give me the maximum variety of play.
When I played in Houston last November, I was applauded by many others for improving my game. Some said my ground strokes were awesome. Others said I had the ability to chase down EVERY ball no matter where I was on the court. One person who watched me beat his friend exclaimed that I had improved five times since the last time he saw me.
That was my goal all along. I had to increase my tennis skills to give me a fighting chance to win a tournament. In 2008, I will ambitiously play in five tennis tournaments: Austin, Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas and Houston.
Which brings me to the point of this blog post. There are some grumblings out there that "it is all about me" in bullying others to play tennis every week. It is true that I am persistently trying to schedule tennis matches each and every week. The competitor in me is driven to succeed. My goal is to win tournaments in early 2008, and then move up to a higher division near the end of the year.
For all of you who complain, you should appreciate that I am also helping to build YOU into a better tennis player as well. All of you are now capable of HAULING ASS when you couldn't a year ago. Everyone I regularly play has improved as a result of my focus to improve my tennis skills. So, instead of bitching at the whip I have been slinging... be happy with the overhaul results.