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Tennis, like life itself, is full of various experiences. Our goal should be to learn from these experiences in order to make ourselves better human beings. After all, it’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game . . . right?
A couple of weeks ago, my son asked if he could play in the US Open Sectional Qualifier tourney that was being held at a local club. The entry fee was higher than we were used to paying ($100 for singles, $65 for mixed doubles, single elimination in both draws), but my husband and I agreed to let him play. We figured he might have the chance to play against some very high-level players which would be a great opportunity to see how his game holds up. We were right.
In the first round of the More >
My son just spent the past 5 days in Athens, Georgia, at UGA’s tennis camp as he has done each of the last 7 years. It is typically the highlight of his summer. The boys stay in the dorms, order late-night takeout, and spend literally all day on the tennis courts hitting with each other and the UGA team members and coaches. What a life, right?
Some will argue that tennis camp is a waste of time for high-level players, that their time would be better spent in drills or playing practice sets or at actual tournaments. I respectfully disagree.
Here’s what my son has gotten out of seven years of tennis camp (so far):
- A realization that he really really really wants to play college tennis
- An understanding of what it takes to progress as a More >
School isn’t the only place – the Junior Tennis World will give you time off for bad behavior, too! And, yes, I do speak from personal experience.
I haven’t really addressed the whole area of conduct and suspension points on ParentingAces yet, so I figure now is as good a time as any given that my kid just avoided a very close call with a 3-month tournament suspension. I suspect there are junior tennis players who will get through their entire tournament career without ever receiving a code violation or suspension point, but my kid isn’t one of them.
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 >
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a USTA College Information Session for high school players and their parents held during the NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia.
The panel, led by USTA’s Senior Manager of Junior and Collegiate Competition, Erica Perkins Jasper, included the following heavy-hitters from the tennis world:
- Bobby Bayliss – Head Men’s Coach at Notre Dame University
- Christine Bader – Head Women’s Coach at Ball State University
- Maria Cercone – junior coach in Florida whose daughter plays #3 doubles and #5 singles for the University of Florida
- Rick Davison – Director of Competition at USTA Georgia
- Steve Johnson, Sr. – Father of top-ranked D1 player, Steve Johnson, of USC and top junior coach in Southern More >
My son went into this past weekend’s tournament on a 7-match losing streak. He had been “rounded” in singles in the past two tourneys plus had lost his final high school match of the season in the semis of the state playoffs, and his confidence was lower than I had seen it in a long time.
This tournament was a state level 3 tournament, located about a half hour from our house, meaning that it really wasn’t going to draw the top top players, but it was a good opportunity for my kid to play up in the 18s, build some confidence, and get more of a jump-start on his 18s ranking. The draw was only 16 players, so, at most, he was going to play 4 matches (or 5 if he moved into the back draw) over the two days.
When the draws were posted on More >
Today’s guest post is from the mom who tweets under the pseudonym of Tennis Parent Probs. She has become my go-to when I need a giggle or a quick pick-me-up after a particularly tough day in the Junior Tennis World. One of my favs: “Signing up for another medieval torture session — I mean tournament.” Please be sure to follow her on Twitter – she is usually tweeting what the rest of us are thinking! Enjoy!
My daughter started taking tennis lesson at about six years old, but it wasn’t until sometime in middle school that she decided that she was really serious about it. You might think that middle school seems like the appropriate time to commit fully to a sport, and at the time I did too. But in the years since, I have learned More >
My son’s high school team is playing in the Georgia State Semifinals today. If they win, they will take a short break then play the Finals. It’s a Big Day for these boys, one they’ve been working toward since mid-January . . . but really since the time they each picked up a racquet and hit that first fuzzy yellow ball.
As I’ve talked about in previous posts (see “We” Won), the idea of TEAM is kind of a strange one in a sport that truly focuses on individual effort, individual training, individual competition. But, I feel very strongly that the lessons my son is learning through team participation will help him become not only a better tennis player but also a better human being. As Janis Meredith so beautifully put it in her JBMThinks More >