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“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward achieving it” – Anonymous
My son started his sophomore year of high school today. For me, it’s been a day of reflection because I’m realizing how quickly these next three years are going to go by and how soon my son’s years of dreaming about playing college tennis are going to either become his reality or not. I’ve got to admit it’s kind-of taking my breath away.
Lately, I’ve been talking to several different people about my son and his tennis goals. I’ve been listening to lots of different advice about the best way for him to achieve those goals. I’ve been trying to reconcile the advice with our time and money constraints to come up with a Plan (yes, with a capital “P”).
One of my More >
Our state qualifier for the Southern Closed was this past week. For the first time ever, my son knew when he applied for entry to the tournament that he would get in – he had worked hard all year to move his state ranking into a proper position. Now the challenge was getting far enough in the Qualifier to secure a spot in the Closed.
The Tennis Gods smiled upon him with his draw, but it was still up to him to capitalize on some great opportunities to get to the Round of 16 (or further) and get that guaranteed entry into the sectional tourney. It was going to be a challenge, for sure. His track record with “gifts” in the draw wasn’t all that great – in the past, he had often lost to players with much lower rankings than his own, so he More >
My oldest daughter, Emma, didn’t come by the acting bug by accident. Oh, no! She inherited that vital gene directly from her momma. And, believe me, it’s a STRONG one. In my LBT (Life Before Tennis), I owned a fitness business and spent many, many hours promoting it as an “expert” on the radio, the Web, tv, and in front of live audiences. I never passed up an opportunity to be on camera (or on mic), even when it meant schlepping my infant son across the country on an 8-city promo tour with an athletic shoe company.
So, last week, when I was given a lead for a new reality television show about Tennis Moms (a la Dance Moms), I jumped on it. I called the producer and spoke with her at length about my experiences in the Junior Tennis More >
I know. You saw the title and expected to read about how to deal with your child’s disappointment after a loss . . . or something along those lines. But, this piece is about dealing with your own disappointment when something doesn’t go quite right in your child’s tennis-centric world.
A fellow tennis parent wrote me last week, telling me about her child’s recent tournament schedule. He has some important tournaments coming up and so decided to play a low-level local tourney just to build some confidence. The child figured he could get a couple of easy wins and feel ready for next weekend, which will be a much tougher tournament.
Well, as I am sure you can guess, it didn’t go as planned and the child played the worst tennis of his More >