Originally Posted by Time Violation
Do you have some checkpoints? For example, if two or three years later you're still not pro will you reconsider it then? Surely no need to wait you are actually 40 to know whether you can make it or no?
Well, at this point I am taking one day at a time, one tournament at a time. I am graduating college in May, so we will see where I am then.
Johnny, it's great that you're not getting disheartened by the losses etc.
Perhaps a coach would help, although I know that's not easy given how much it would cost to get one. Is there not like Tennis training camps around your area where you could get coached for say a 6 week period ?
A one hour lesson with a coach costs as much as I make in an 8 hour shift
Again, I don't need coaching, I need to get 100% healthy and improve my serve, especially 2nd serve. I know what I need to do, I'm not paying somebody 50-100 USD per hour to tell me to bend my knees and toss the ball higher.
This makes sense to me. By all means give yourself a period of time where you 100% commit to trying to make it happen, but if it's not happening for you after that time has elapsed, accept that and move on to other things.
Sometimes life is about achieving dreams and sometimes it's about letting dreams go and making your peace with that. Giving all you have to achieve a dream is admirable but these things are often out of your hands. Good luck, anyway.
Thanks scoobs, we gonna see what's going on the next few months.
Can You tell me what is your Training Schedule etc? What time you get up and how many hours you put in training and in Gym etc. Top players spend minimum 4 Hours in Physical Training i.e. apart from the Time spent on Court. I am guessing they spend around 14- 16 Hours dedicated to their Sport.
Well, I've got 2 jobs other than playing tennis at the moment. I'd love to be out there 4 hours a day, but it is not always possible. If I am working until 1 AM every night, asleep by 2, up by 10 (really need 10 hours, but whatever), on court from 12-3, then work until 1 AM. Gym wise, I don't really need to lift at the moment, I am strong enough, at the moment. I need more court time is what I need, just hitting millions of serves and back rehab. Those are my focuses now.
That is basically my schedule, and it is not enough. I need more sleep and more training and less work, but I need the money, so it is a big Rubik's Cube at the moment.
My 2 cents here - play more tournaments where you are competitive, with guys your level or slightly above. It will give you much more than getting baggeled week in week out.
Trust me, you should move the levels one by one, there are lessons from this you can't ignore and you couldn't move ahead without.
You have enough time and obviously enough dedication, so don't force things through, one step at a time.
Do you have a regular diet or you or you indulge yourself in pizzas, calzones, icecreams etc?
do you do drugs/smoke?
Is this even a question? Come on, man. My diet is strict as fuck. I count carbs, calories, proteins, what to eat, when to eat, etc.
My body is a science experiment at this point.
It was multifactorial really, but definitely not a loss of passion. I had a deadline to make the decision to finish my degree or to leave and pursue music for the rest of my life and I chose the former. For one, touring is hard on the body, it's incredibly hard to stay healthy. It's hard to exercise, there's rarely a chance to cook anything, and there's a huge culture of drugs/alcohol. Secondly, I know I want to propose to my girlfriend soon and for that I knew I needed to be financially secure and settled (not travelling all the time). Music is also different from tennis in the sense you can keep playing at a high level even when you're old, so even if I won't be able to make a career out of it, it's not like I'll ever have to stop playing/writing/recording.
I kind of agree with what the others said about checkpoints. Its important to always have definitive endpoints for your short term goals and to always be reevaluating your progress.
Thanks for the response, man. The biggest thing is probably you wanting to propose to your woman soon. Which is understandable, I have that desire also in the future. If I was in your shoes probably I would have done the same. But I'm single at the moment and don't plan on settling down for another decade or so.
Checkpoints, well we gonna see what's going on. There is no tournament this weekend, but then 3 in 3 straight weeks. I am working hard every single day, tennis and 2 jobs now, I'm gonna do everything I can, and we gonna see