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.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
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 meIn 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.
Does this involve 'marital aids"?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.
Suffice to say, I failed in my goal as I tore my MCL last month wakeboarding. Oh well...I should be back on the court next week, albeit in a limited capacity.My goal for 2019: get through it w/o injury.
- My UTR is 10.17 so yay!!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.
- Achieved #1, but only temporarily.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.
Okay ...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
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.
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.- 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.
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.What happened?
#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.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.
Interesting, are you like a pro or semi-pro athlete or just a dedicated rec player working some office jobs?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.
Yes, I'm a pro.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.