Juniors taking breaks
My son has been off from tennis for about 3 weeks now and he had a VERY light October and November due to illness, us moving into a new house, and his coach being in Australia for 2 weeks. Anyway, I have to say that I LOVED the free time off from tournaments, private lessons, and clinics. We went hiking, explored the biking trails, did some home improvement projects, and my son got to expand his friendships with some of his non-tennis friends. It was a very necessary break for our family and I'm so glad he got some time off. Unfortunately, he went back to clinic today and was dragging so bad at the end, his legs looked like jell-o, LOL!
Another of the boys in his clinic had an injury from a biking accident and had been off for 8 weeks and his dad and I were commenting about how these 'setbacks' in life can actually be blessings to the family. In the grand scheme of things, I think my son will be grateful for the time we took off and, despite him being 'rusty' these days, I think he will appreciate his coach and clinics even more. The time off has also helped me put things in perspective: he can live without playing 5-6 days a week and we will survive as a family even if we aren't all out on court every day, LOL! Oh, and it helped save us some money, too, because I pulled him out of a Level 2 tournament back in october when he had a fever and was very ill! Probably saved us about $700 so I used that money to buy a new washing machine, haha. Gotta keep those tennis clothes clean!