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isilra
12-17-2012, 03:08 PM
I see myself as a tennis addictive. I spend my time with tennis, i spend my money with tennis, i just can say i love it with passion, i just forget anything when the ball meets with my frame. Tennis changed an alcoholic to a healthy, sportive and happy guy in just 1 year.

I wonder if that passion will remain the same or you just loose interest by the time goes by and your game improves. I'm afraid of not enjoying the game anymore 5 or 10 years later. So i wonder your thoughts about this. I will be especially glad if older friends can share their experiences, thanks.

luvforty
12-17-2012, 03:38 PM
the more i improve, the more i find things to improve on.... it's always WIP.. and it's a lot more fun figuring stuff out.

no it won't get boring.

plus the competitive part is always enjoyable.

ramos77
12-17-2012, 04:16 PM
wait until you start playing competition.. (if you already haven't) that's when you get really addicted

I stopped playing for nearly 20 years (after playing nearly everyday for about 7)

It's probably more enjoyable now, than it was then. I'm addicted again, and dont see myself ever stopping this time.

It's helped me to deal with grief, work issues and life in general IMO.

zapvor
12-17-2012, 04:41 PM
its true. tennis takes me to a place i cant find anywhere else. it forces you to focus in that very moment. it's very zen to a degree

colowhisper
12-17-2012, 04:43 PM
I played as a kid all the way through high school, and then took a 25 year hiatus! Last year our family got into the neighborhood swim and tennis club and I went out for the team. Wow, I enjoyed it! After a month or so my mechanics came back from distant muscle memory I guess and now I cant get enough of competitive play. The game has inspired me to improve my fitness level (yes some injuries helped me realize the importance of training), and I also really enjoy the social aspect of meeting new people. I am sure I will play for a long long time. Enjoy...

Mick3391
12-17-2012, 07:48 PM
I see myself as a tennis addictive. I spend my time with tennis, i spend my money with tennis, i just can say i love it with passion, i just forget anything when the ball meets with my frame. Tennis changed an alcoholic to a healthy, sportive and happy guy in just 1 year.

I wonder if that passion will remain the same or you just loose interest by the time goes by and your game improves. I'm afraid of not enjoying the game anymore 5 or 10 years later. So i wonder your thoughts about this. I will be especially glad if older friends can share their experiences, thanks.

IMO, if you have a goal, IE Getting better, challenging matches, teaching your child, it won't get boring.

I don't know how some can just do the same thing every time, never improve, can enjoy it, just mindlessly hitting the ball back and forth, for me anyways I have to have a goal, I think that's probably a universal human trait.

samarai
12-18-2012, 07:35 AM
Depends on why you want to play, sometimes when your improvement is greater than the group you have surrounded yourself with, it leads you to seek newer players which can be a good or bad thing.

anubis
12-18-2012, 07:55 AM
+1 on challenging yourself. always set goals. If you feel like you're at the "top of your game" and you'll never get any better, then I can see how that can get really old really quick. but as long as you have something to look forward to, then hopefully tennis can stay relevant to you.

rufus_smith
12-18-2012, 08:08 AM
Keep forming new friends and maintaining old friendships with tennis players and it wil last forever.

tennis_balla
12-18-2012, 09:38 AM
If you lose interest in tennis, you can find something else that interests you. Nothing wrong with that, however tennis is the toughest game to learn so as long as you keep it fun there's always new things to discover.
If you're into taking lessons, find a coach who you can develop your game with over time. If you find things become stagnant, find a new coach. Being at a tennis club with good social scene and people helps a lot. Its all in who you surround yourself with, just like anything in life.

Dimcorner
12-18-2012, 09:43 AM
I think the competition and improvement aspects will help the most. I started playing less badminton because after moving to Columbia the competition is not up to my level. So I decided to pick up tennis and now even during work I sometimes do swings in the air to try to get used to the motion. I was like that with badminton as well when there were people close to my level.

isilra
12-18-2012, 03:39 PM
Well you guys relieved me a lot, thanks for replies. To talk about improvement, i have some mental problems that as a 23 years old guy who started playing just 1 year ago, i'm always dreaming about being a wimbledon champion lol. I'm fully aware i will never even be a pro but i just want to say i'm not playing that game for fun but improve myself and put some goals in life. Even when i have a very consistent and effective stroke, i'm still worrying if i'm doing something wrong and trying ro find something new to add over it. So i think i will play that game with my grand children, of course if i survive. Maybe my son or grandson will be a wimbledon champion, who knows ?

Nostradamus
12-18-2012, 04:53 PM
I love the competition while being a gentleman with good manners.

TomT
12-18-2012, 08:25 PM
I see myself as a tennis addictive. I spend my time with tennis, i spend my money with tennis, i just can say i love it with passion, i just forget anything when the ball meets with my frame. Tennis changed an alcoholic to a healthy, sportive and happy guy in just 1 year.

I wonder if that passion will remain the same or you just loose interest by the time goes by and your game improves. I'm afraid of not enjoying the game anymore 5 or 10 years later. So i wonder your thoughts about this. I will be especially glad if older friends can share their experiences, thanks.Don't be a slave of needless worry. Embrace the present. Be thankful for what you have, for your current mode of behavior. Be passionate about your goals but keep in mind that your current goals might be transitory.

I feel glad that tennis has replaced drinking in your life. As I'm sure you do.

Why worry now about what you might be doing 10 years from now? If you're happy with your life now, then just build on whatever it is that is producing that feeling. My guess, for you, is that it all has to do with you being sober.

So, that's the thing that you must be primarily passionate about. Good things will follow.

directionals
12-18-2012, 11:31 PM
Don't be a slave of needless worry. Embrace the present. Be thankful for what you have, for your current mode of behavior. Be passionate about your goals but keep in mind that your current goals might be transitory.

I feel glad that tennis has replaced drinking in your life. As I'm sure you do.

Why worry now about what you might be doing 10 years from now? If you're happy with your life now, then just build on whatever it is that is producing that feeling. My guess, for you, is that it all has to do with you being sober.

So, that's the thing that you must be primarily passionate about. Good things will follow.

Sage advice, Tom. I can use a reminder of that from time to time.

Mick3391
12-19-2012, 09:03 AM
Don't be a slave of needless worry. Embrace the present. Be thankful for what you have, for your current mode of behavior. Be passionate about your goals but keep in mind that your current goals might be transitory.

I feel glad that tennis has replaced drinking in your life. As I'm sure you do.

Why worry now about what you might be doing 10 years from now? If you're happy with your life now, then just build on whatever it is that is producing that feeling. My guess, for you, is that it all has to do with you being sober.

So, that's the thing that you must be primarily passionate about. Good things will follow.

Hear TomT!

I'm telling you, because it seems like no one knows, not parents with their kids in school tennis or adults, the USTA has WONDERFUL programs, you can enter whatever level you are, practice, and compete, you get points, can check your ranking, and again you don't have to be a pro, but IMO man has to have goals, so it's great, cheap, and something to strive for!

PS: Do you want to go into a AA meeting saying "Well yea I fell back into my old ways", or "Heh, I just won a USTA Tournament"?

Coach Chad
12-19-2012, 02:13 PM
I am a tennis addict...and it is still hard for me to believe that having this much fun is legal! Continue to have fun, fellow addict!

MikeHitsHard93
12-19-2012, 02:32 PM
I think it's safe to say that tennis, once you START to improve, is a ton of fun and gets exciting with every new ability or stroke you develop. It is a lifelong sport such as golf or racketball or bowling, but it is a sport like racketball that requires good physical health and conditioning. For me, that means that instead of sitting there on the golf cart swigging some jack, you are waiting for that next ball to come back to you.

Tennis is also great because it keeps your brain smart, produces endorphins that make you feel happy, and overall just makes you feel good about yourself. I've been a sufferer of depression off and on, and there's nothing else that makes me as happy as this sport does. Push on :D

Timbo's hopeless slice
12-19-2012, 02:38 PM
oh, Mike, if only the next ball WOULD come back to me, so I never had to lumber after it ever again!

MikeHitsHard93
12-19-2012, 02:59 PM
oh, Mike, if only the next ball WOULD come back to me, so I never had to lumber after it ever again!

Lol you obviously only play tournaments :D

isilra
12-19-2012, 02:59 PM
I think it's safe to say that tennis, once you START to improve, is a ton of fun and gets exciting with every new ability or stroke you develop. It is a lifelong sport such as golf or racketball or bowling, but it is a sport like racketball that requires good physical health and conditioning. For me, that means that instead of sitting there on the golf cart swigging some jack, you are waiting for that next ball to come back to you.

Tennis is also great because it keeps your brain smart, produces endorphins that make you feel happy, and overall just makes you feel good about yourself. I've been a sufferer of depression off and on, and there's nothing else that makes me as happy as this sport does. Push on :D

I don't know you feel it too but whenever i spend 2 hours on the court, after we finish i feel like i'm living. It is something like somebody is giving me a natural morphine, maybe the effect of endorphine, i don't know. When i ask my partner if he feels the same or not, he tells me he doesn't feel anything besides pain in his legs. Think it's time for me to find another tennis partner lol.

MikeHitsHard93
12-19-2012, 03:15 PM
I don't know you feel it too but whenever i spend 2 hours on the court, after we finish i feel like i'm living. It is something like somebody is giving me a natural morphine, maybe the effect of endorphine, i don't know. When i ask my partner if he feels the same or not, he tells me he doesn't feel anything besides pain in his legs. Think it's time for me to find another tennis partner lol.

Yup time to find a new partner lol. I do feel that way. Ultimately I would do this as a career if possible.

Pozza
12-19-2012, 07:53 PM
I played for years and then gave the game away when I was in my 20's as I played other sports.

After 3 ankle reco's from soccer I decided to take up tennis again a few years ago and can't get enough of it.

When you know what your limitiations are it's a great feeling to get out and compete and strive for improvement.

I definately feel like my game was helped by giving it away for a while but now I wouldn't give it away for anything.

eidolonshinobi
12-19-2012, 08:14 PM
I only wish I played tennis much sooner. My dad tried getting me into it when I was around 10 but none of my friends played tennis, and I was already pretty good at basketball. So i never found the interest to play. Unfortunately, basketball was why I had my ACL surgery, but found tennis in the midst of it all.

I love it.

Passion4Tennis
12-19-2012, 09:28 PM
I don't know you feel it too but whenever i spend 2 hours on the court, after we finish i feel like i'm living. It is something like somebody is giving me a natural morphine, maybe the effect of endorphine, i don't know. When i ask my partner if he feels the same or not, he tells me he doesn't feel anything besides pain in his legs. Think it's time for me to find another tennis partner lol.

isilra, I know exactly how you feel. My user Id says it all. :)

I've been involved with sports practically my entire life, and of all the ones I've played, tennis has given me the most enjoyment by far. Whatever problems I'm having in my life evaporates during those hours on the court.

3fees
12-20-2012, 07:00 PM
I love the competition while being a gentleman with good manners.

Don't you mean lady like ?

I don't love it, I like it though, keeps me in shape.