Random things about me (hobbies, occupation, tennis history, favorite band, etc.):
Tennis is the Love of my Life. I live to play it and I will play it well! I came across this fantastic quote from Michael Jordan,
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost
300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot
. . . and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my
life. And that is why I succeed.
I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying."
This is the quote I always keep in my mind whenever I fail in different aspects of tennis. This quote keeps me going, to continue to pursue my dream sport!
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
David Nalbandian, Roger Federer, Justine Henin, Pete Sampras, Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic.
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
We don't play together much now, because he is too good. Yes, we met in the 2nd tennis tournament I entered. It was a blind draw and he was my partner. We won, so I kept him. I also won the 1st tournament I entered, it was a blind draw. I waited too long to enter tournaments, about a year after starting (but I played every day, 5 hrs a day). So I was moved up to the heavyweights soon after. I missed the fun of playing lightweights.
Tennis is 30% mental. You can defeat yourself, look at Roddick and Blake...they have a lot of talent, but need a mental coach. Don't be afraid to lose, don't count the bad shots, count your good shots... the glass is half full!!
How long have you played tennis? When I started, I wanted and played every single day for hours to try to get better. We were fanatics. If it rained at 1 court, we drove till we found a dry one, haha. We were nuts. My ex daughter in law plays tennis, she lives in Bangkok now.
Ni Hao Catherine? Wah hing hao. Ok I can't spell it.
I played a few sets of doubles today. I really didn't want to play, but played ok and keep working on having an always changing my strokes. I had switched to a new age forehand, compared to a traditional way of hitting. The new way has so much topspin it is crazy. I am amazed how much topspin I create now. But the form is so completely different from my own, it is like starting all over again. If I can get use to it, it is a total weapon, very lethal. I had started working out with the total gym and hopefully it will help my rotator cuff. I keep my fingers crossed all the hard work I am going to do in the next 6 months will pay off in the long run. Anyhow my dear it is getting late and I need to go to bed. You take care and chat with you soon.
It is funny no matter how much you practice, it really is mostly a mental game. Not only because it drives you crazy, haha. Yes it is all about keeping the right frame of mind the whole tiem your playing. When you practice your not afraid to make a mistake. When you play your more cautous. You have to feel more confident of your game and go for it and no matter how many times yuo misss, you keep on trying to improve your actual game playing abilities. When yu play good, you feel good and the set usually goes your way. When you play bad nothing seems right. Try not to get yourself down and move on to the next point. Forget about the last point and think positive and that is all you can do. Do your best and if your best isn't good enough, well you tried your best and that is all you can do. Ok sweetie. Have a ncie day. I have a tough match today. I have never beaten this guy, but came so close last time. I was 2 points away from winning and I lost it. I wasn't too mad that I blew it, but happy that i did so well against him.