2019 is going to be my year!

MathGeek

Hall of Fame
I played in a 35 open thinking I would be competitive as I was a backboard and got club to death by the club pro and I only won 2 games . Next round the guy who beat me lost and only won 2 games lol
Then I retired from age events as it’s hard
In my neighborhood, there are several age events that are likely a bit easier than USTA. A local pro runs leagues for different ages, but their are no teams. You just play the other players in your age ranges on subsequent Wednesday nights for 6-8 weeks. He encourages the ringers to play in his level leagues rather than his age leagues. Sure, of 8 opponents, a couple might kick your butt, but you'll likely have 4 good matches, and a couple weak opponents.

There's also the local senior games (once you are 50). I just googled up the Nevada Senior Olympics, they don't just have tennis, they have pistol shooting also. That would be fun. I have not yet found pistol shooting in the senior games in the SE US yet, but I did win gold in archery in one local event last year.
https://nevada.fusesport.com/page/Sport-Information-x-6700-43-14554.html
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
In my neighborhood, there are several age events that are likely a bit easier than USTA. A local pro runs leagues for different ages, but their are no teams. You just play the other players in your age ranges on subsequent Wednesday nights for 6-8 weeks. He encourages the ringers to play in his level leagues rather than his age leagues. Sure, of 8 opponents, a couple might kick your butt, but you'll likely have 4 good matches, and a couple weak opponents.

There's also the local senior games (once you are 50). I just googled up the Nevada Senior Olympics, they don't just have tennis, they have pistol shooting also. That would be fun. I have not yet found pistol shooting in the senior games in the SE US yet, but I did win gold in archery in one local event last year.
https://nevada.fusesport.com/page/Sport-Information-x-6700-43-14554.html
Oddly I finally like Nevada after a very rough year here . The city has many dangerous and genetically damaged folks but the weather and desert I just love and my work and bizarre new passion with BJJ has settled and consumed me
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
LAST January I was ready to pack my bags to move to Arizona as I had it. I was in a Car Crash, and horrible flu 3 times as most people in this city are very sick, my apartment flooded with water and my business was full of the lowest form of humanity. Well, I toughed it out and I am here standing, plus my store was robbed by ghetto trash months before ( ex-employees) I fired. I was going to leave for good and cut my loses but I found GOD and inner strength and stayed
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
My immune system is strong now as I am used to these alien microbes that Vegas has everywhere.
My store is getting better clients and less filth and garbage
I moved to a new Apartment
I drive super slow and stay alert as possible
I train marital arts everyday
I am thinking about buying a 38 special revolver soon for my house, apartment and car.
 

Moppet52

Rookie
- Improve serve to be a CONSISTENT weapon
- Improve backhand to be as natural and no-brain shot as forehand
- Win a 4.0 tournament
- Finish ranked in top #5 in 4.0 state rankings
- Justify a move up to 4.5 for 2020
- HAVE FUN playing QUALITY tennis
 

Saul Goode

Semi-Pro
My immune system is strong now as I am used to these alien microbes that Vegas has everywhere.
My store is getting better clients and less filth and garbage
I moved to a new Apartment
I drive super slow and stay alert as possible
I train marital arts everyday
I am thinking about buying a 38 special revolver soon for my house, apartment and car.
Does this involve 'marital aids"?
 

CHtennis

Rookie
Alright lets do this. I will set these down on "paper" and see how badly I failed to meet them next year.

- Get my UTR to double digits

- Have a winning record in 5.0 (already 4-0 so a good start to this one)

- Top 4 a money tournament in my area

-Play the 35 national grass courts in Philadelphia

- Stop playing combo, I dont really like it and now I would have to play with a 3.5, no thank you.
- My UTR is 10.17 so yay!!
- Went 9-6 at 5.0 so did acheive that.
- Lost pretty badly in the area money tournament, but I did win the 35 doubles in another tournament.
- Did not play the grass courts in Philly :(

2 out of 4 aint bad, was a pretty good year, wish I could have gotten out to Philly but the timing did not work out for my family.
 
1. Get my weight back to my school weight (160).
2. Run my 8.0 mixed undefeated streak to 15 matches in row.
3. Play singles at least 10 times during the year, not counting travel.
- Achieved #1, but only temporarily.

- #2 got derailed by ringer self-rate gal at playoffs.

- I’m way ahead on #3 due to the silver lining of my work assignment in a tennis-crazed continent.
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
Okay ....

Over-arching big picture things:
1. As always maintain/improve health and fitness
2. Regain confidence on the singles court (it got lost somewhere last spring and I have avoided singles ever since) I do have a plan for this that includes 3 regular hitting partners 1 who is a 3.5 guy
3. Learn to let little stuff go (like bad line calls, obnoxious spectators) rather than letting it mess with my head/game

Specific things:
1. Figure out how to lob with the FH (BH no problem topspin, slice or chip, FH big problem)
2. Re-weaponize serve. Having played a lot of doubles, was going more for placement and high percentage 1st serves, need to put in more time so I can do the same but with my speed/power
3. Win 75% of matches at level and with any partner no matter how weak. (currently winning 80% with a "good" partner, but only 30% with weakest partners)
4. Buy as many skirts as i damn well please.
Okay ...
Big picture things:
1. Done and Done, all good here, no new injuries, fitness is better
2. Mostly ... have notched a few excellent wins and a few not depressing losses and one match I don't want to talk about
3. Nope. Bad line calls still make me really mad .... other things I am a little better at letting go.

specific
1. Given up. Why do I need this stupid shot anyway?
2. Pretty happy here ... 1st serve % is over 70% and I win my service games without having to fight for them.
3. Kinda. Winning better than 50% at level even when playing with someone as a partner below level, Winning 40% of matches playing up ...
4. Bought exactly zero skirts
 

MaxTennis

Rookie
- My UTR is 10.17 so yay!!
- Went 9-6 at 5.0 so did acheive that.
- Lost pretty badly in the area money tournament, but I did win the 35 doubles in another tournament.
- Did not play the grass courts in Philly :(

2 out of 4 aint bad, was a pretty good year, wish I could have gotten out to Philly but the timing did not work out for my family.
Good stuff on the UTR. I'm currently 10.11, but still a long way's away from my peak UTR 11.02 back in 2013.
 

tomato123

Semi-Pro
In retrospect these seem like super softball goals, nothing to get fist pump excited about but here goes -

Looked up my tennislink profile today to register for a December tournament, and I didn't even realize I got bumped up to 4.0 for year end ratings. So this certainly changes my 2019 outlook.

I would like to:

-Establish a better balance in tennis scheduling
-Join a 4.0 team and play winter/spring league
-Play at least 2 tournaments until summer
-Evaluate my standing mid year and set second half year goals.

Definitely appreciative of all the encouragement and helpful feedback I've gotten here to improve my game and go out there and play.
#1: Yes - Not only did I play more tennis than I ever have in my adult life, but I've had zero issues with my wife regarding my tennis schedule and home life.
#2: Yes - Hit a little snag with a minor injury for the spring, but played in winter and summer leagues, and I am currently playing a Fall flex league.
#3: No - It's past summer and I played 0 tournaments. I did qualify for the playoffs in my flex league which is kind of like a mini tournament, and I have plans to go to a tournament in December, so hopefully I can still salvage this somewhat.
#4: Still TBD, just appreciating that I've been making a solid network of "tennis friends" and having opportunities to play almost every week now. Just enjoying myself being out on the courts. Will think about next goals by end of the year.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Unexpected career change where I took on two new jobs turned my schedule on its head. It afforded me a lot of time to train but took away opportunity to compete.

I'll have much less stress next year and be more settled in. Just need to figure out how to play more matches.

J
Interesting, are you like a pro or semi-pro athlete or just a dedicated rec player working some office jobs?

I'm more of the latter myself, but there was a time a few years ago, when I really wanted to be like a full-time athlete and I was playing or doing something every day. I still work out a lot, but I just don't play as consistently as I used to, so my game isn't as sharp as I'd like it to be.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
Interesting, are you like a pro or semi-pro athlete or just a dedicated rec player working some office jobs?

I'm more of the latter myself, but there was a time a few years ago, when I really wanted to be like a full-time athlete and I was playing or doing something every day. I still work out a lot, but I just don't play as consistently as I used to, so my game isn't as sharp as I'd like it to be.
Yes, I'm a pro.

J
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Accomplished my 2019 goal of winning my club's Jura Cup (golf/tennis biathlon).
Sometimes it works out to be moderately good at two sports than great at one and bad at another.
 
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