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kayserRF 03-27-2013 01:27 PM

losing passion for tennis
 
Hi,

I am a 16 year old junior and play at a very high standard and so také tennis very seriously, playing 5 times a week as well as fitness. In the past week i have had a big dip in form , after going through a purple patch.
As well as this i feel as if im starting to lose my passion for tennis and it is beginning to feel like a chore to me now whenever i play the more serious it gets, where as before i would be so excited to play and didnt want to stop. I also have exams coming up soon, and am finding it hard to balance with tennis, as well as some family issues, and all of this has put me in a bad mood as of late. What should i do? Do i stop tennis for now? Perserve through? I also find i get angry a lot now on court and am becoming more anti social off court.

Thanks

Sumo 03-27-2013 01:31 PM

Definitely take a break.

user92626 03-27-2013 01:36 PM

OP,

What you call passion is only your body balancing work (pain) and reward. I love tennis very much and would play it 5x a weekn but I have zero passion for say reaching 5.5 and competing in tournament.

Just find ways to reward your body for all the work and pain it does accordingly and you'll find that drive again. :)

tennis_balla 03-27-2013 01:38 PM

At what playing level do you compete at?

kayserRF 03-27-2013 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tennis_balla (Post 7308027)
At what playing level do you compete at?

At national level

LeeD 03-27-2013 01:44 PM

Take the spring off, plan on coming back 6 days a week during the summer.
Everyone get's burned out, no biggie.
Or, play just for fun, working or hitting out ATP style, and not caring about mistakes for a while. It has to be fun to hit 120 serves and 90 mph groundies.

tennis_balla 03-27-2013 01:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayserRF (Post 7308038)
At national level

You compete at a national level without a tennis coach as stated in a previous thread by you and play 5-6 times a week with no real fitness routine? Which country are you from?

kayserRF 03-27-2013 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tennis_balla (Post 7308045)
You compete at a national level without a tennis coach as stated in a previous thread by you and play 5-6 times a week with no real fitness routine? Which country are you from?

i have a coach now and fitness routine

LeeD 03-27-2013 02:04 PM

From what happenned in my past, and from what I'm seeing now of two ranked juniors that I play with....
You lose passion because you lost the FUN factor. What is FUN? Smacking ATP shots? Winning? Beating the guys you're supposed to beat?
For me, if I can't hit what I perceive at "ATP" level shots, it's worthless to waste my time on the courts. Talking one in 5 now.
What was your passion that kept you in tennis? You need to look inside, and rediscover WHY you took up tennis with such a passion that it worked for you.

KayFactor 03-27-2013 09:35 PM

Enjoy, you may regret it down the road. Playing tennis the way you are is a unique experience.

Relinquis 03-27-2013 09:55 PM

you're a teenager, you're going to be moody and your opinion will change in a few weeks... date a girl or something. you'll feel better.

HughJars 03-27-2013 09:57 PM

I suck at tennis but would play 24/7 if I could, except work and responsibilities get in the way. I have so much I want to learn so it keeps me going. But if you've reached a level you're comfortable with then it's not surprising your passion is melting. Maybe take a few weeks or even months away from it all, set some S.M.A.R.T goals and go from there. At the end of the day tennis should be about enjoyment not a chore I reckon.

Greg G 03-27-2013 10:03 PM

try changing it up! More doubles, perhaps a different playing venue will help. Something to keep it fun. If not, maybe a few weeks off would help rekindle the fire.

Just don't do what I did and stop for 20 years, I guarantee you'll regret it :)

Mick3391 03-27-2013 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayserRF (Post 7308006)
Hi,

I am a 16 year old junior and play at a very high standard and so také tennis very seriously, playing 5 times a week as well as fitness. In the past week i have had a big dip in form , after going through a purple patch.
As well as this i feel as if im starting to lose my passion for tennis and it is beginning to feel like a chore to me now whenever i play the more serious it gets, where as before i would be so excited to play and didnt want to stop. I also have exams coming up soon, and am finding it hard to balance with tennis, as well as some family issues, and all of this has put me in a bad mood as of late. What should i do? Do i stop tennis for now? Perserve through? I also find i get angry a lot now on court and am becoming more anti social off court.

Thanks

I presume you, like everyone else, is trained to be a pure baseliner. That would bore me to tears also.

You should practice all court aggressive play, you'll find it's much more fun and necessary. A great aggressive player will always beat a great baseliner.

Think about it, baseliners, all they do is hit back and forth, left to right as hard as they can, whoever is out of shape, makes the most errors, or loses concentration wins, what a drag. Aggressive all court players can baseline with baseliners, but shake them up, dictate the pace from all areas of the court.

Watch Tommy Haas last two matches, talk about a throw back, a guy who played Sampras, 35 years old, DISMANTALING the best baseliners in the game recently.

That or take a break and just watch tennis, will get your desire back.

usta2050 03-27-2013 11:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayserRF (Post 7308006)
Hi,

I am a 16 year old junior and play at a very high standard and so také tennis very seriously, playing 5 times a week as well as fitness. In the past week i have had a big dip in form , after going through a purple patch.
As well as this i feel as if im starting to lose my passion for tennis and it is beginning to feel like a chore to me now whenever i play the more serious it gets, where as before i would be so excited to play and didnt want to stop. I also have exams coming up soon, and am finding it hard to balance with tennis, as well as some family issues, and all of this has put me in a bad mood as of late. What should i do? Do i stop tennis for now? Perserve through? I also find i get angry a lot now on court and am becoming more anti social off court.

Thanks

you should talk to your friends instead of posting stuff on the internet..this board as well as the FB can be huge waste of time

2ndServe 03-28-2013 04:46 AM

buy an old racket that's new to you, try a different set of strings, a new shoe model. Make small improvement changes to your forehand, backhand, serve, whatever.

Any time I get in a lull I get a new (or old but new to me) racket. I can't wait to get out and try it even if it sucks. Or I change my lead tape arrangement or change my stroke, I'm always curious to see what it does and fine tune it.

DaveInBradenton 03-28-2013 05:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeeD (Post 7308079)
From what happenned in my past, and from what I'm seeing now of two ranked juniors that I play with....

You lose passion because you lost the FUN factor.

I agree. It sounds like tennis has overwhelmed your young life. Sometimes this happens when parents push their children too much.

I think if you played less, you would enjoy it more and your practice time would be more productive.

My suggestion would not to play consecutive days. Use your days off for school and social activities. Have some off the court fun.

Soon you'll be looking forward to your next tennis session.

Good luck,
Dave

andrehanderson 03-28-2013 05:14 AM

Although I wasnt as skilled or talented as you when I was your age, I had a similar schedule with tennis and wanted to take it as far as I could...then I, too burned out. I didnt play again for over 20 years and I regret that and always will regret that.

I think a short break is in order, but I also think you should find some mini goals within your game to work on. Like Mick said.

The Meat 03-28-2013 05:43 AM

OP, you should change up your practice sessions. Instead of constant repetitive drills, you might just want to play practice points with some people. Don't take it like a sudden death match, just mix up your shots and do some things that you never would in a real match.

Bottom line, just have fun on court. It's the only cure.

tennis_balla 03-28-2013 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayserRF (Post 7308050)
i have a coach now and fitness routine

If you have a coach then you should to talking to him, communication. Asking on TTW a bunch of strangers who you do not know, and don't know your situation is pointless.


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