Originally Posted by Inner Game
Open level doesn't equate to professional levels in most cases.
But, yeah I apologize for not reading this post in depth..it's on me.
no worries inner game. i actually do agree with you that i am playing tennis recreationally. i dont plan on going pro and making a living from tennis. i do it strictly because it is fun for me. and playing at the highest level i can makes it even more enjoyable. i guess you could say i play tennis recreationally in a very competetive environment. a lot of the guys in these tournaments are like me, but most of them are college players, guys that tried the tour, coaches, juniors and ex college players. sometimes its crazy to see the level of play that shows up at these tournaments. this last tournament i played the winner received somewhere around $ 2000, and the guy i lost to 2-6 3-6 lost in the final to an ex UCLA player. while i do play strictly for fun, i do think most of these other guys would think differently.
for me, i did probably set an unattainable goal to get a point. i know it will probably not happen, but i do have mini goals along the way that i mark off as i go. the point is not to game the system to get a point in iran or something. even though if i am ever in iran or asia and have a chance to enter a tournament im sure i would, but the point is to improve my game to the highest level possible and thought it would be interesting to document my progress on TT. im turning 28 this year and figure i have a few more good years to improve before my body wont allow it anymore. just look at Tony Larson, a few years ago he was playing for fun and now has a chance at getting a point today. guys like that prove that perserverance is key for success.