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I was having a phone conversation with another tennis parent yesterday – we were discussing all the stuff going on with USTA (2014 changes, 10-and-under mandate, cost of competition, issues with wildcards, cheating, etc.) and what we could do as parents of junior players to get away from it all. We both agreed that our goal as Tennis Parents is to keep our kids playing as long as possible while maintaining their love of the game (and not going broke in the process!) – a huge challenge, to be sure.
Then, this morning, I read an article on 11-year-old Florida player, Adam Neff, and the resources that his parents have provided for him at their home – 3 tennis courts in the backyard, one with imported Italian red clay, a hyperbaric chamber, a More >
The tennis community is truly something special. If you haven’t experienced it yet, just wait . . . you will. Whether it’s a coach inviting your child to join his academy’s warmup at a tournament or a parent offering a protein bar to your child when he forgot to pack one or a child comforting your child after a tough loss, the community is there and it’s there en force.
And, when a challenge or a tragedy strikes our tennis community, we rally. We speak out. We show up. We stand together in support.
Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the support coming out for one of our top junior players, Sean Karl. I wrote about Sean‘s recent diagnosis of Ewings Sarcoma a couple of weeks ago. Since then, the Facebook group created by a More >
Day 1 of Qualies, ITF Tournament 1, Waco, Texas
Coach Julius (via text message to me): Game on!
Me: What’s that mean????
Coach: He just started.
Me: Ah, thanks! Keep me posted!
Coach: Very rough start. Nerves. Lots of unforced errors. 0-4.
Me: Uh oh
Coach: 0-6. Playing scared. Poor shot selection and too many short balls off his forehand and backhand.
Me: Hmmm . . . hope he can pull it together for the 2nd . . .
Coach: 1-1 in 2nd
Me: Calming down?
Coach: Not yet
Coach (10 minutes later): 0-6, 1-6. I’m speechless.
Me: Will be interested to hear from both of you after you have time to reflect. How’s he doing???
Coach: Having a tough time.
Son: I lost.
Husband: Sorry to hear that. We’ll talk a More >
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to comment here or via Twitter or via Facebook or via email – I knew y’all would have some great suggestions for me! I love hearing about your experiences with these different tournaments and how you weigh cost vs. value. As I keep saying, it’s not just about the tennis here – sometimes it’s about the Life Lessons learned.
Here’s what we finally decided to do regarding next week’s ITF tournament in Waco . . .
I sat down and figured out what the total cost was going to be for the tournament, expecting that my son will make it through a couple of qualifying matches and maybe, just maybe, into the main draw: flight, hotel, rental car, gas, meals, and his coach’s daily fee. A conservative More >
My son has been asking to play an ITF tournament for over a year. Since there are very few even played in the US these days, it wasn’t hard to deter him. However, a friend’s mom told me I should sign him up for the one in Waco, Texas, because it’s a lower-grade tournament and might be a good first experience for my son. I went on the ITF website, registered him for an iPin (ITF’s version of a USTA number, I guess), and signed him up for the tournament. Then, we waited. And waited. And waited.
Finally, the Acceptance List came out, and my son’s name appeared waaaaaay down the page on the list of Alternates. Not the Qualifiers (yes, ITF junior events have a Qualifier that starts 2 days prior to the Main Event – you have to win 4 More >