Sports Parenting

Mallorca, One Week In

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As predicted, I don’t have a whole lot of information to share about my son’s first week at Global Tennis Team in Mallorca.  I have successfully resisted the urge to contact anyone at Global to check in on him, and I have successfully resisted the urge to ask probing questions of my son when we text.  I figure (I hope!) he’ll eventually decide to share some of the details of his life in Spain.

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Mallorcan coastline

That said, it sounds like he’s working very hard and at a much higher intensity than he is used to at home.  He developed a pretty nasty blister on the palm of his right hand (he’s right-handed) about mid-week and texted me asking for advice.  I replied that there really wasn’t anything I could do from here and that he should ask the Global coaches for help.  Then, I didn’t mention it again. But, my husband found out from our son that one of the coaches picked up some treatments from the local pharmacy, and he figured out he needs to start wearing sweatbands to keep his hands dry while the blister heals. It must’ve worked because he played some sort of competitive match on Sunday at a facility about 30 minutes from Global  – I’m still not clear on what type of competition it was! – and was just fine.

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Salmon & Goat Cheese, Octopus & Potato

He has told me that the food is good (and he’s eating well – last night’s dinner included pasta with pesto and cheese, meat and potatoes, and yogurt with fruit), and he’s getting along well with his roommates. After tennis on Saturday, one of the coaches took 6 of the players to the beach then to a tapas restaurant for what looked like a really yummy lunch. Apparently, 2 Italian players arrived today, one older and one younger than my kid. I don’t know if they’re boys, girls, or one of each. Also today, after tennis, my son went to the supermarket and to some shop where he was able to buy more sweatbands. Oh, and he had some racquets re-strung.

That’s it!  That’s all I’ve got so far!

A fellow parent suggested I ask my son to tell me one non-tennis thing he does each day.  That may be asking too much.  I’ve asked for 3 times a week. We’ll see what I get.

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