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Old 03-23-2014, 11:28 PM   #1936
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I had to log in and express my admiration for you Johnny Groove. Honestly, at first I thought you were throwing years of your life away with what appeared to me to be an unreachable goal, pursuing a dream that would never get realised. But then it struck me that you are probably already living your dream. Why do we have to fit in standards, study, graduate and get a good job, make money, marry and so on? You've chosen to pursue your dream even if it looks improbable from the regular standpoint. If that makes you happy, I say you've made the right choice. Bravo!
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:28 PM   #1937
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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.

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They'll just have to wait a few months longer. No harm done.
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I had to log in and express my admiration for you Johnny Groove. Honestly, at first I thought you were throwing years of your life away with what appeared to me to be an unreachable goal, pursuing a dream that would never get realised. But then it struck me that you are probably already living your dream. Why do we have to fit in standards, study, graduate and get a good job, make money, marry and so on? You've chosen to pursue your dream even if it looks improbable from the regular standpoint. If that makes you happy, I say you've made the right choice. Bravo!
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how did your granpa took the news?
Haven't told him yet, but my Dad was excited I'm not retiring. Grandpa probably will be the same.

Also my old coach who had the heart attack and then the stroke during the surgery is out of the hospital and back at home working to get better. He has already started cursing again so his speech is coming back.
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Conclusive proof that JG in fact did consult his uncle at a later date.
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I had to log in and express my admiration for you Johnny Groove. Honestly, at first I thought you were throwing years of your life away with what appeared to me to be an unreachable goal, pursuing a dream that would never get realised. But then it struck me that you are probably already living your dream. Why do we have to fit in standards, study, graduate and get a good job, make money, marry and so on? You've chosen to pursue your dream even if it looks improbable from the regular standpoint. If that makes you happy, I say you've made the right choice. Bravo!
I kinda agree with this, though I don't share the admiration, going for unrealistic goals is a cop-out I think, because then when you fail, you don't "really" fail since you could never achieve the goal in the first place. Going for realistic goals and having the courage to fail in them is what takes more guts I think. But at the same time, it's a free country.

My post from the GM thread:

Ridiculous... You're just in it for the attention aren't you? I mean surely you must have realized by now that you have a slim chance of even getting a ranking point and no chance to make it big. But if you have the means to do it, then by all means carry on, anyone can definitely choose to do whatever with their own life . If this gives you enjoyment then you can do it, just hope that it won't be something that you'll regret later on.
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Didnt wait long enough. This is a mis-step in the attention seeking adventure.
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I can only assume that Groove's application to resume his pizza delivery job was rejected by a sensible company who didn't want to rehire an epic mug who exists in a fantasy world.
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