Re: The "Who plays tennis?" thread
I play tennis.
My mother put me in classes at 13. I was eventually recruited by a local high school, where I worked my way up from Doubles 1 to Singles 1 in 3 years. The transition was rough, but I found a new coach along the way, with whom my game improved tremendously. By my Junior year, I won tournaments (lost some too) and could beat decent players. My game and fitness were at a high.
Unfortunately, my interest waned and I quit tennis for more than a year, until my friend convinced me to try out for the college’s team. I practiced, and worked my way up to Singles 5-6. I hated the coach and tennis politics, though, so I bailed the following year.
I’ve done a lot of coaching in the past few years for various camps around San Diego. My own game, meanwhile, had declined due to a lack of practice and confidence. Recently, however, I hooked up with a great coach and friend who greatly lifted my play. I owe her a lot.
On my game:
I’ve always wanted to be a hit-through-you guy, but I simply lack the natural firepower. My forehand’s quite heavy, so I’m better at pushing guys around and forcing opportunities.
My backhand’s my staple. I can give you any type of shot with it. I have a flat, penetrating two-hander, and I have a wicked slice on that end as well. I win a lot of cheap points with backhand DTL’s because players just don’t anticipate it.
My first serve is average-to-poor… I vary it between an awesome slice and a lame flat. My second serve, however, is a mean kicker that I often use as a first. I’ve aced some good players with it, but it’s prone to big-hitting returners.
My net game is inconsistent. Sometimes it’s adequate, sometimes it’s subpar.
I’ve recently been told by a collegiate coach that I have good footwork, which came as a pleasant surprise to me.