A long post, sorry! Read if you want to hurt your brain!
I'm mulling over this sort of thing myself, but I'm only think 6 months.
Slow Friday afternoon, got me musing. So, who on here has taken an extended break from work to commit some proper time to their tennis (I think I could swing it at work)?
I know of one guy on here that took a 18-24 month sabbatical, from a position of being a strong player already. What can realistically be achieved in a 6 MONTH period I wonder, with the following setup:
- 34 years old, (ok, 3 weeks from 35!), 5 ft 9.775, married, no children for 2-3 years. Wife who would also like to do the same, for herself.
- Finances ok for that time
- Must be at a fighting tennis weight before starting, but not necessarily singles tennis fit (i.e. gym and drills would form part of tennis 6 months)
- I have volleycam, Lobster ball machine, various court strings and cones and things already.
- I have a tennis club membership, though *might* also consider joining an indoor club for 6 months to ensure playing (Acrylic and carpet courts)
- currently a middling 4.0 (Play higher ability dubs than singles though), played a lot from 11-15 yr old, then stopped for 12/13 years completely, treaded water from 28-33. 33-34 got more focussed
- 2 hrs coaching per week
with a friend, 2 separate hours however. Friend is LTA 3.1, 26 years old fairly active player, and a performance coach.
So, assuming the necessary dedication, and let's say 30 hrs per week of tennis training (Court time and physical training), what do we think is achievable over 6 months?
Your answers and\or recommendations can range from:
- Stupid open question
- A ratings bump answer
- A more practical, *you will get more control over your shots and gain confidence* type answers
- Why bother, save your money!
- Whatever answer you fancy giving!
This is a Friday afternoon time-filler as well as a reasonably serious first pass at working out if this is worth it.
My own personal motivation will be the ultimate decider
, but I'm interested in people's success stories or insight.