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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 >
I know I blogged last week (or was it the week before???) about my son getting his driver’s license. Well, this past weekend, he actually drove himself to a local tournament – no mom, no dad, no coach, no backup.
Yes, I was a bit nervous letting him get himself to his warmup and then his first match. I worried that he would get lost. I worried that he would forget to pack something important, like his racquets or his cooler. I worried that he wouldn’t leave himself enough time and would be late. As usual, all my worrying was a complete waste of energy on my part!
On the first day of the tournament, my husband and I took our own car to the site to watch our son play. My husband wound up leaving after the match – a tough loss – and I More >