The Tennis Dad club...

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  1. saram

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    You've heard of soccer mom's and such. But, what about us dad's? What about us blokes that take on the responsibility of raising a child and taking on the world and tennis at the same time?


    Well, here's the club for you. I've been a single tennis dad for four years now as of V-Day. If you're a guy that knows play-doh or Barbie just as you do the inner workings of the backhand or serve, post images or whatever...just join the club!

    Any father is welcomed here...don't have to be single!
     
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    I salute you. I'm not a single Dad, still married. I do take a very active role in raising my kids and I have given up tournaments for the most part as I am coaching soccer, basketball and baseball pretty much year round. I squeeze in my tennis where I can get it, not easy.
     
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    Go tennis dad!
     
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  5. JRstriker12

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    Props to you Saram!

    I'm not a single dad, but I am a married tennis dad. It's tough to find time to get out for tennis and meet the needs of my 4 month old daughter and I have help!

    I was thinking there should be a tennis dad club, you know maybe some sort of round-robin meets where dads can take turns playing and watching kids or maybe setting up and "after the kids are in bed" tennis league.
     
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    this thread is right on. i like the 2hander too! i think JR has a great idea.
     
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    ^^^really cool thread. Cool pics too. who knows, you might inspire your daughter to play tennis and she might become a WTA tour player in about 10 years.
     
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  8. saram

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    Ok...not a single dad club anymore. If you are an AMAZING father and married--you're in. Soccer mom's get all the credit. Time for us dad's to chime in. I may be the only single dad on this forum, but there are other dads out there that give as much.


    Pics, thoughts, etc., are all welcome from tennis dads!
     
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  9. fantom

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    Another dad here (still married). 5 yr old daughter and 2.5 yr old son. I sneak in tennis when possible (2-3 times/week). I've hovered at the 4.5 level for a long time because my life doesn't let me put more time into tennis. It's all very worth it, though. I love my family.
     
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  10. goober

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    Three kids: 2, 4 and 7.

    Tennis is variable- sometimes 3 times in a week sometimes none depending on kids and wife's schedule. If I were single I don't know if I would be able to play any tennis at all.
     
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  11. CanadianChic

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    I like how a couple guys here state they are 'still' married, as though this is a transition of their lives. Sort of like when making introductions and introducing your mate as your first husband (that always goes over well at cocktail parties). So Saram are you dating, cause I have this friend......;)
     
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  12. McLovin

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    Married dad chiming in here. Coached both daughter's soccer teams last fall, plus got them out on the boat for a bit of wakeboarding:

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    They are 7 & 10 and are starting tennis lessons this spring. A Puerto Rican version of the Williams sisters...
     
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  13. tfm1973

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    +1! Big props to you single dads and props to all the dads who love tennis . . . but love their kids even more.

    Here's me and my baby girl. This is us early morning watching the Aussie Open together. :)

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  14. fantom

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    That was definitely not my intention. Didn't mean to type it that way.
     
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  15. goober

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    I understood what you meant. The thread title was about single dads, so ostensibly it seems prudent to qualify your marital status. Drawing inferences from a single word that could have an additional connotations seems to be a favorite method to start internet "discussions". :)
     
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    I'm still married, but do a ton. Saram, you're a hero to your kids, and one to me as well: keep up the good work! I get to give kiddie tennis lessons this summer to my boy.
     
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  17. CanadianChic

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    Apparently you are not as perceptive as you claim goober. I was making a joke...I thought that would have been obvious without having to tag a "just kidding" line at the end. Not every post that everyone makes here is the beginning of a 'discussion'.
     
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  18. goober

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    You were trying to be funny- but it didn't come across that way. If you said that during the course of a consversation with somebody you just met, I don't think they would be laughing. Is that any more clear? Obviously the person you directed at didn't think it was a joke. Basically a poor attempt humor. No big deal lots of bad jokes are dealt on this board:p
     
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    Actually I wasn't trying to amuse anyone other than myself. If you don't understand the humour or the tone in which a poster is using, perhaps it is better to say nothing than make implications of the poster, no? You are entitled to your opinion but don't try to pick a fight with me - you know nothing of the people I meet or their reactions to me. It is very different in life than a forum and tones are often mistaken. Is that any more clear?
     
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  20. movdqa

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    When you're dead and gone, will you be remembered for your tennis or how you raised your kids? For most of us, it will be the latter. We chose to homeschool our kids when they were toddlers. It's an unbelievable amount of work but you really get to know your kids. And they get to know you too.

    There are many times when I think that two parents aren't enough.
     
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  21. kairosntx

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    Is this forum for single dad's that play tennis

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    Dad's (marital status not relevant) that play singles?

    Hard to tell from Single Tennis Dad Club.
     
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  22. kairosntx

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    And B4 CC gets ahold of me, let me clarify.

    by marital status not relevant, I only mean as related to this forum. Certainly my marriage is one of the most relevant aspects of my life.
     
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  23. CanadianChic

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    LOL. Hey, I said I was only teasing. It's just the way it was worded that sounded a little humourous...I have no doubt that everyone loves their wives more than the whole wide world. If a male made that comment it would have been laughed off - just because it comes from a female does not instantly make it mean spirited or nasty. ;)

    Then perhaps you should refrain from reading my posts. I would consider my mission accomplished, but I don't even have a clue who you are.
     
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  24. kairosntx

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    I've done it to other people photoshop.

    If you just add a member to your ignore list then you don't see any of that persons posts in any threads.

    That would solve your problem and you wouldn't have to take so much of your high blood pressure medicine.
     
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  25. couch

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    Pictures of me and my rugrats during a rainy Halloween 2006. Our little girl turns 5 this month and the boys turn 3 in April. You can't see the one twins' face but he looks just like the other one. ;) Couldn't find any more recent pictures of me and all three of them since I'm usually the one taking the pictures.

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  26. fantom

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    Nice pics.

    My two are very close to the same age. My daughter turned 5 in October and my son will be 3 in July.

    I was pumped last month because my son asked me to play tennis with him. He has this tiny lacrosse stick that looks like a racquet. I cracked up laughing because just before I threw a ball to him he started twirling the racquet in his hands. I don't know if he saw me do that or somebody on TV. It was hilarious.
     
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  27. goober

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    Done- first person I ever added in 4 years:-?
     
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    Thanks fantom.

    Yeah, it's crazy around our house with the whole tennis thing. My boys see my racquets and they start crying because they can't get them out and hit balls in the house. LOL My little girl hates when I go to tennis because I'm leaving and won't be spending time with her. I keep telling her that soon she will be able to go with daddy and play with him. That gets her all excited. And then we have our new german shepard puppy who gets into my tennis bag and gets all the balls out.
     
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    Heheheh. Sounds familiar. I have this conversation with my daughter almost every night.

    "Daddy, do you have work tomorrow?"
    "Do you play tennis?"
    If the answer to either one is yes, she sadly sighs.

    My son has started asking me the same thing now because he hears his big sis say it all of the time.

    I need to try this!!!
     
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  30. Gundam

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    Kudos to you all single (or in similar situation) tennis dad!

    I am married but my wife is far far away. My son has just turned 11 three days ago. I wrapped 30+ valentine candies for him. (I got nothing for valentine of course) He also prepared one bigger candy valentine for a girl in his class I actually know but I pretended as if don't know. I am beginning to learn the fact that he wouldn't be with me forever...:neutral:
    But that's OK I guess. He doesn't have to pay back anything later. Just watching him growing up is enough.

    I support his Soccer, Basketball, Baseball activities. So often I have to leave early and would go back to work in the night.

    Playing Tennis is tough. I play twice with my tennis buddies. My difficulty is I can not keep myself in good shape because I have to prepare meals for us. I like to prepare for dinner freshly so often I ended (it takes too much time after work and before tennis) up feeling too full and heavy (and even sleepy) when I get to the courts.

    saram, tfm, couch, dan, your kids are so adorable and look happy!:)
     
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  31. saram

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    Am I dating? I'm open to the idea, just have not met a person yet that I'm interested in dating...so tell you friend....:)
     
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  32. saram

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    Absolutely awesome! Put a HUGE smile on my face!
     
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  33. saram

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    Very very cool to see other dad's out there that contribute in a positive way to parenting and being so involved with their kids and still able to get out there and hit the courts as often as they can.

    If I could go back and edit the title of the thread, I would and just call it the Tennis Dad Club...but hey...such is life.

    Regardless, love hearing about involved fathers!
     
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    Done.

    Spencer, TW.
     
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  35. saram

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    Gracias!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  36. atatu

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    Good pics, here's one of my boys with a neighbor:

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    And me being a Dad (that's a cast on his leg, btw):

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  37. saram

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    Awesome work, Dad!!!
     
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    Well, you amused me too atleast! I found it very funny in fact :)

    Btw, I'm still married, with two daughters (8 & 10) that play tennis, ice hockey and soccer. And swimming. So our schedule is pretty full. I still manage to fit in
    about 2-3 tennis sessions for myself per week too. Somehow.

    /Just got back from early saturday morning hockey practice with Emma (10yo). 8am sessions on Saturdays is... early :)
     
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  39. couch

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    Thanks for the nice words Gundam. I'm sure it gets harder to stay in shape the older your kids get because so much time is devoted to their activities. My plan, as my kids get older, is to stay in shape playing tennis with them. ;) We'll see how that goes though as they get older. I'm sure it's gonna be tougher than I think. Heck, they probably won't even like tennis. lol But then again, it's all about what's best for the kiddos.
     
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    Good on ya' Spencer.
     
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    Very nice atatu. I bet Andy's a nice neighbor to have. :) You know, with all the nice tennis lessons he can give your kids and all.
     
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  42. couch

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    Great picture. Ready for some mixed doubles? :)
     
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  43. saram

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    Just had to keep this alive for us dad's out there...
     
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    Since the title of the thread has changed I feel comfortable contributing without intruding on the single dads!

    My oldest son is extremely intelligent and not very athletic. It's a shame how often those two don't go together. (I can hear the negative comments already. Start a new thread if you want to get into that issue!) He made the decision to play tennis when he started 7th grade and has done really well. He plays smart tennis!

    My younger son enjoys playing tennis and is a better tennis player than his brother but has chosed baseball as his sport of choice. So my coaching duties take up a lot of my time.

    I wish I could play more tennis but I have been relegated to once a week :(
     
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  45. tfm1973

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    Maybe in a few years we can play father/daughter doubles tourneys. But right now she's having difficulties with walking and not pooping every 10 minutes. As for me I have difficulties with my backhand and not pooping every 10 minutes. Must run in the family? :confused:
     
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    Couch -- great pics. For the first photo - it says "one of your boys with a neighbor" and I was thinking - Andy Roddick is one of your neighbors? Which would be rather cool. I'm a little slow on the uptake.
     
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    That was kind of a joke, he lives in Austin about three miles from us, but not really a neighbor....
     
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    Saram!!!


    Do you know who you resemble in that pic, with those similar Asics, Babolat aside? :D

    I am not a parent yet, but I can imagine it's a great experience.
     
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    Oh well, it's all about having fun, pooping or not. :)
     
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  50. GRANITECHIEF

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    Can i be in the club too?

    Here's a picture

    Not pictured are my 12 year old boy (awesome tennis player) and 14 yo (awesome snowboarder).
     
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