Re: Johnny Groove retires from tennis
You know, since I made the announcement, I had taken several days off already, and did not pick another racquet up again until today. I thought a lot. I thought about what I'm gonna do with myself. What mountain to climb? What stars to aim for?
And I came to the conclusion that I simply cannot give up yet. I am un-retiring. I never filed my retirement papers with the ITF, I never sold my racquets, never got that job back at Dominos (though I was very close), and never withdrew from those 3 futures in Florida coming up.
I am too young to give it up, to give it in. My plan now is to keep training, keep playing tournaments, and maybe get a high school history teacher job for a year, and go for the tour starting next June.
So we gonna see what's going on. This week has really opened my eyes to just how much I love the game, how much I miss the game, how much I need the game, and how much the game needs me. Watching Querrey, Young, and Harrison all lose yesterday also inspired me to pick the racquets back up again.
Today when I played, I found my joy in the game again, I fell in love with the game again. I started off terribly, beyond terrible, as I was out of sorts, out of form, hitting the ball off the frame all the time, and was down 5-1 in the first set (best of 5). At *1-5, I served a very very long game, so many deuce, I saved so many BP, and eventually held for 5-2. Big yell, and this got me back in the game. Yeah he held for 6-2, but I fought and fought, played better and better, and won the match by 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
My hip was bothering me towards the end and I did some isolation work in the gym after the match. From now on, I won't be lifting heavy any more. Before, I was lifting too much, and too hard. If you lift for real, your muscles should be very sore for days afterwards. And in a sport like tennis, where agility is of paramount importance, I couldn't have that. So now I have gotten myself to a base level of strength where I can work from. And until I lose a match where I felt I was overpowered, I won't lift heavy again.
I've never felt overpowered. Out maneuvered, yes. Outlasted yes. Technically not as good, sure. But never overpowered. My focus now is on cutting, losing the 15-20 pounds I've packed on, even if it means losing *some* muscle to get myself cut and quick again. The only gym work I will be doing these days is isolation work on problem areas, such as the hip today. Otherwise I felt good as the match went on. Arm was fine, serve was very good especially in the 4th set, and now I am refreshed and ready to tackle the next challenges.