I want to share something with you…
A solution to playing competitive tennis and enjoying your time on the court…
You see, I know this junior player whom I coach once in a while (don’t have time for full-time coaching these days). She is a 17-year-old who LOVES tennis.
That’s why I agreed to play and practice with her once a week.
But, as much as she would like to play matches and see whether she can beat me or not, I came up with a game that suits us both: she gets to play competitively against me, and I get a good workout and practice my strokes.
It goes as follows:
We play a tennis game that continues until we decide to put a stop to it.
There is no score.
I serve for two points, she serves for two, alternating. We play every point out, but do not count it.
In this way, we play competitively, but do not keep track of the score.
No egos involved, no frustrations when missing a shot…
We just have a good time playing tennis, enjoying every point, learning from mistakes, and improving our tactics based on the decisions we make.
You can try this too. With your tennis partner(s).
It is a good way to play competitive tennis without the pressure of winning or losing. You will practice your strokes technique, get a good workout, and work on your match tactics in a relaxed way.
Try it and let me know how it goes in the comments below.