I'm having withdrawals..

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  1. dgrave2

    dgrave2 Semi-Pro

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    I can't stand it when it rains for a few days, or when I can't find people to hit with... or when I am watching tennis on TV and still haven't played in a few days. I'm itching to play. And there is only so much a wall can do for me. I need a live person to hit with... and most of the guys on my league team are 40+ with kids... families... etc so they really cant play but on certain weekends. i'm just a college guy who goes to class and works on weekends so I'm pretty much available to play everyday, so it kills me when i go a few days without playing. arghhh. anyone else go through withdrawals?? How do you cope?!

    Thank god our new challenge ladder starts today.. (but its raining :cry:)
     
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  2. Cindysphinx

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    I'm having such a week this week.

    Rain today, rain tomorrow. Travel thereafter. A whole week with little tennis, with prospects not too good for next week either (at some point, I do have to spread the mulch, you know).

    Eh. I'll let my feet recover this week . . .
     
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  3. tfm1973

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    one of the things i've learned to cultivate is my list of hitting partners. i've met lots through usta leagues and tournaments and tennis socials and craigslist.

    i'm in the 35+ married with baby category but i used to have a list of people i'd email all at once and set up hitting sessions or matches. go network dgrave!
     
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  4. Spatula

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    Find an indoor center to play at. Do match finding services through them, or meshtennis (add the .com to the end of it). Search for players that way.
     
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  5. rasajadad

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    Sorry, but I have little sympathy for you. I have been away from the court since February 25th. (The day before surgery to repair a torn meniscus.) I couldn't even bear to watch on TV.

    The good news- I expect to get cleared to play by the end of the month.

    Every day on the court is a blessing.
     
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  6. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    Congratulations!!!

    Yeah, I remember the months before I had my meniscus surgery. Every time I saw some runner jogging along, it made me feel so down, and I don't even like running! I had really taken the ability to run and play tennis for granted. Not so anymore.

    Promise that you'll take it slow when you do get clearance, 'kay? I got a secondary injury from coming back too quickly, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. . . .

    Hijack over.
     
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  7. rasajadad

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    I will only do what I get permission for, when I get permission to do it. I promise!
     
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  8. zebano

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    Hey at least you've played this YEAR. I haven't done more than wistfully pick up my racket since October of last year. The snow has been fully gone with warm days for two weeks and my hitting partners schedules and mine haven't matched up, and my wife is out of town next weekend so I have 2 kids to take care of. =(
     
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  9. dgrave2

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    ok ok im sorry... i wasnt meaning it to rub in your faces lol. But geographically where I live, the only thing that can stop me from playing is rain.. and its been raining for a few days.. (though my apt complex has a racquetball court.. i might be using that just to get a little practice in) our next league match is against a sandbagging team.. so I want to practice and not give them an easy time.
     
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  10. randomname

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    where do you go to school? odds are theres a tennis club that I would reccomend joining, you get to play alot and travel to tournaments that are usually a lot of fun. if there isnt one try forming a club
     
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  11. hewittfan3

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    ITS SNOWING IN MN RIGHT NOW...AHHHHH...were supposed to get 6-8 inches and spring started 2 weeks ago...wtf
     
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  12. Curveball

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    OP, I'm feelin' ya.
    Its been raining for like the last 10 days it seems like. I got on the court this past Tuesday, but I'm so depressed sitting inside watching these gray skies and rain.

    Today, i was going to break down and buy a Wii so atleast I could play a little virtual tennis, but you evidently still can't buy a Wii unless you are at the store when the shipment comes in. I can't beleive it. I was calling every wal-mart, target, best buy around, and no one had them. I'm gonna go ahead and pick one up this week though so I'll be ready for the next monsoon that comes in.

    Anyways, I finally gave up and just can't wait until tomorrow. And the whole week looks like it will be nice. Thank goodness.

    Now if your problem is finding a partner, check out my signature for my site. Maybe that will help you find some partners with more flexible schedules.
     
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  13. albino smurf

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    Be aggressive and get peoples phone numbers that you hit with. It might be a little akward at first but most people that hit need people to hit with. I spent all last year in the same boat you are in. This year I've made it a rule for myself that when I play somebody new I exchange numbers so as to expand my list of hitting partners.

    Don't know what to tell you about the rain. If I could make that stop I'd probably never go to work again.
     
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  14. brandonw

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    Dgrave, I feel your pain. I would go out and play every day but I am usually unable to find people to hit with, even within a network that's 6-10 deep.

    I would say to e-mail all at once or text message all at once like tfm suggests, but what's happened for me in the past is that everyone ends up calling all at one time, or clustered together. While I love the game and want to hit for 4-6 hours straight, I don't think it's the best if I want to be able to walk the next day or stay married.

    I would suggest that you try to structure your schedule with your hitting partner network that attempts to carve out one day a week for each person. If you're able to get commitments for people to play weekly so that you can schedule "Mike on Monday" "Tom on Tuesday" "Wes on Wednesday" and so forth, you'll have a good calendar blocked out without always having to chase people down.

    My wife continually tries to remind me that "people just aren't as obsessed about tennis as you are." I remind her that I need new friends.
     
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  15. TennisProdigy

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    I got the answer to your problem right here. Get 2 crap racquets and string em with poly. Then when it is wet or raining, invite your friend to go out with you and offer him one of your racquets to play with. Say to him it will be good training for like playing in the wind of something lol.

    I once played in a huge thunderstorm with my friend it was pouring rain and we both played without shoes to get better traction on the hard courts and it was brutal. The balls were like 5 times heavier and it would skid through the court like grass... x4 Every time you made contact with the ball it would explode with water, that was a fun match.

    We had started the match when it was really cloudy and at around the 6th game is started pouring and bolts of lightening were present. We continued to finish the set and he won in the tie break 9-7. My dad was watching from the car and kept yelling at us to get in lol.
     
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  16. dgrave2

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    I think thats just it. I need to find people who are obsessed with tennis as much as me.. but maybe more around my age. But I'm only a 3.0 player. I'm 22 years old. I'm in college. Most guys around my age have been playing their whole life. I have yet to see someone my age in a challenge ladder or league. So it is hard for me to find guys to commit, especially older ones, because they have wives that'll get mad or events come up with their kids.. so its hard to get a routine practice going, which is what i feel like I need if I want to improve. Sure I go hit on the wall and practice serves, but the only time it seems i am playing right now besides that with a real person is matches or private lessons. I guess I'm just screwed until I can find people that want to hit. :-?
     
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  17. brandonw

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    I think you might be surprised how many people are in college with you that probably like playing tennis as well that played either JV in high school or weren't very good at the varsity level, something akin to a 3.0. Maybe you could post a note on a bulletin board in the student union or something like that. I doubt every person that played in high school is above your current ability level. As others have mentioned, do some networking. It's also a very transferrable skill to the corporate world for when you leave the sanctity of college and have to join the rest of us working stiffs. As a digression, I'm about 4 years removed from school and I miss it everyday.

    As a potentially helpful resource, I also found a local tennis group as part of www.meetup.com. You can enter in your interest and your zip code on the site and see what you can dig up. There's probably a tennis group somewhere around your area if you're fairly close a major metropolitan center.

    I wouldn't worry about having to find strictly 3.0's to hit with. I'm 3.0 myself and I still go and hit with 4.0+ guys because I like the challenge and they give a lot more pace, typically.

    I think my wife would only get mad if I were gone in like 5 hour blocks for tennis, but then again, I'm only 25 and we don't have kids, so some of those 30-somethings could probably give you at least a couple of sets. If you lived in the Dallas area and wanted to hit/play a match everyday, I'd say I could have solved your problem myself. Best of luck in your endeavor for tennis everyday and sunny skies too!
     
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  18. dgrave2

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    well i have family in dallas/tyler.. but im not there very often haha.
     
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  19. zapvor

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    i was reading this and going along until the college part. unless you go to one of those 2500 people campus, theres always someone you can hit with. just show up at court in hand and ask around dude. the worst that can happen is they totally suck and it isnt fun. facebook is pretty good too for searching; i think every college kid has it. if you go to central middle no where state univ, ignore my post. haha
     
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  20. TennisDawg

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    dgrave.
    1. Stay with your league team. If you can, join another league.
    2. Enter at least 1 tournament a month. Enter both doubles and singles, if you can.
    3. Join tennis workout clinics, once a week. Most are 3.0 to 4.0 level. 4.5 and above, not many workouts are available. Be advised sometimes the players will not be at your level, it can be aggravating, still better than no-court time, just work on your game. For example go to the net against weak returns and work on your volley. You will find all levels and all personality types. Generally prices range from $12 to $15 per 1 ½ hour clinic, the going price in my area. You may actually find a partner that truly wants to play tennis at these workout clinics, but not a sure thing.

    4. Trying to find a match or tennis partners by hanging out at the local tennis courts can be frustrating. I would go there with the intent of playing solo-tennis-work on your game serves, backboard volleys, groundies. If you find a someone to hit that’s a plus, a tennis partner would be even better. I’ve had mixed results, more often than not I play solo tennis for about and hour and go for a run to finish off the workout.

    5. About every 3 to 4 months, I would schedule a private lesson, just to learn a new stroke or work on stroke production.

    The Tennis Culture or scene as I see it is while a lot of people play tennis, the majority don’t have the love for the game the way you do. Many players see it as strictly social, a little hit and giggle stuff, Sunday play every now and then, a little mixed doubles with co-workers. You just have to accept that fact. While true many are busy with family and jobs, they also use that as an excuse not to play. It’s one of the quirks of the game.

    I’ve been playing tennis off and on for about 30 years and I still love the game. I don’t have the same desire, I once had, but I still love to play and rather than having to “cope” with not playing I just accept the lack of court time as one of the nuances of the game and try to work around it with leagues, tournaments , clinics and just plain “solo” tennis
     
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