Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tennis - Ladies Team

Our Adult Ladies' Tennis Team is just past the halfway point for the fall/winter season.  We have been dealing with the weather.  Weather problems for winter tennis?  Well, more specifically for traveling during the winter.  Our club plays teams across NH and each match is scheduled months in advance.  When the weather makes travel dangerous, the captains do a lot of coordinating to determine if they have to reschedule the match.
Because the season is so packed full, canceling the match is a last case resort. But, ultimately, it is up to each captain to determine if their players will do the traveling.  Today was a perfect example of winter weather posing a problem.
The forecast was for ice/sleet and freezing rain.  As we got closer and closer to our 9 am match, the weather report changed slightly, pushing the forecasted ice off until noon.
The trouble was that our team was driving from Hanover all the way across the state to Newmarket.  We passed through many weather fronts.  We departed with overnight snow causing school delays for the southern part of the state. Because our match began at 9 am sharp, we left Hanover at 6:45 am.
We finished our matches early (and successfully!) and departed Newmarket with sunny skies.  As we got closer and closer to home, the clouds came out.  Luckily, we all arrived home before the afternoon precipitation arrived.
Natasha and I played together.  We had a great match, playing very skilled and pleasant opponents.
Sadly, I am finding that is becoming a rarity and not the norm.  Many of the women I have played have this season have been catty, unpleasant and unsportsmanlike. This makes for a very uncomfortable match.  And it adds to the inconvenience of traveling 60 -90 minutes to play tennis.
With that being said, my tennis partner is fantastic, always a good sport and always humble.  We have a good time on the court together and she makes it very easy for me to play my hardest.  And when I make a error -- whether it's a foolish shot choice or a careless mistake, Natasha doesn't dwell on it.  She moves on to the next point and we try again.
In tennis, no one every plays a "perfect game".  In fact, tennis is in many ways a percentage game.  So, if you hit more shots (successfully) than your opponents, your will most probably win.  The challenge in tennis to is keep striving to be better and not base your satisfaction on wins or your dissatisfaction on losses.
One frustrating thing about tennis is that the best player doesn't always win.  Frequently, it takes determination, strategy and effectiveness to win a match.  If any of those are off -- or if your opponent can outplay you in any of those areas, the "better hitter" can easily lose.  This is what keeps the lesser players going and the better players always striving to be better.

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