Originally Posted by RidiculousForm
Seeing as I'm going to be entering my senior year at college this fall, and then heading out to possibly the real world... I was wondering... with a full time job, how much time do you normally get to the courts and practice / play? Is it difficult to find a training partner in your area? How expensive are the courts? Do any of you have your own court on your property? How do tournaments mesh with your work schedule?
Thanks all! Since I started playing tennis seriously so late in my tennis-life, I figured I'd make it my goal to play at some high end events in higher age brackets perhaps, once I have a decade under my belt :P
My reading of the OP is that he's trying to get an idea of what to expect. I don't think there's a right answer to this, just merely your own experience.
Having said that, I'll throw in my 2 cents. I am married with 2 kids and a full time job so this should tell you that I don't have a lot of time to begin with. I work 8-5 but I work in a place that has tennis courts within walking distance. Employees can use the courts for free (yippee). I will play between 2-3 times a week for an hour at a time during my lunch break. I'm around a 3.5 but I started playing late in life (in my 30's). I think if you keep fit and practice often enough you won't probably won't be disappointed with where you're at, especially if you do a few private lessons and play frequently. You seem like an easygoing person.
You should be able to get tournaments in without too much trouble if you're single. Late afternoon/night sessions will be fine as well. As far as tennis courts on your own property, it depends on where you live. Many apartments in Southern California have tennis courts. I live in a house and not a very big one so I don't have a court at home.
Try to find a nice balance between work and fun. It makes life much easier. Cheers.