Me: Hi Jim, can I call you Jim, how are you? Jim: Sure, yeah, pretty good, just finished playing with this guy who is not good at all. He actually walked out, can you imagine? Me: Can you tell me a bit about your rating? Jim: Sure, well, it's mostly a numbers game, don't care that much for that. Done some matches, so yeah I'm in the system, but that's crap, like 4.0 but no seriously I think I'm a solid 4.5, actually more like a mid 5.0 if I put myself into it. Me: Can you tell me about your playing style. Jim: I like to win so I go for it all the time. On a good day I make a few winners at the semi-pro level, I kid you not. Me: Can you describe the last game you played? Jim: Oh well, you mention something! This guy was just so annoying. Kept returning the ball with spin you know, and pretty hard but hey if I need a wall I play the wall you know. I just hate that type, you know those guys who just keep returning the ball, no talent at all. Yeah he won, more like I lost my interest you know, the last set I lost 6-2, I just don't feel like seriously playing these guys. And besides it just wasn't my day. Actually if you count the balls that went just out or hit the high part of the net I basically crushed the guy. I go for the kill and sorry but I have no patience with slackers. He's like a 4.5 but I think any good 4.0 who has a good day can crush this guy. Me: How about development, how do you see yourself in 5 years? Jim: I see myself just playing harder and sharper, you know far more winners There are a couple of things in the way of my development, first of all most of the guys don't want to practice with me, playing the jealousy card you know, and second I still have not found the perfect racket and shoes to get me easily into the 6.0 level. Me: So how do you train? Jim: Oh that's boring, it's really all in the wrist you know. And talent of course, never forget that, you have it or not. I am laughing at those guys who keep repeating the same stroke like millions of time. Hey buddy if you don't have it you won't get it even after a million tries. And yeah if you have it you get looks, well why else do you think the guys from the club don't want to play with me. Whenever my crushing forehand works during warmup they get the message right away. One of these days some top trainer will notice these hits and then I am off to the sky.