At a recent tournament, my daughter’s opponent’s mother approached me to enquire about her tennis experience.
After a brief introduction she asked me the question that I, honestly, dislike answering:
“How long has my daughter been playing tennis?”
The reason I dread this question is because I consider it to be irrelevant…
Take, for example, two kids who both have been playing tennis for 2 years. But one of them practices almost every day while the other one only once a week.
That makes it obvious that the one that practices more often is the better player even though they both have been playing tennis for… 2 years.
As a tennis player or tennis parent, you have encountered people who asked you this same question and did not find a satisfaction answering it.
I make sure that when somebody asks me this, I’ll tell them the story I just described above. 🙂
And by the way, in my opinion, the right question to ask is: “How passionate is your son / daughter about tennis?”