My Race Against Time

jga111

Hall of Fame
I currently play tennis 4-5 times a week and I'm going to be a dad in January.So I'm playing as much as I can at the minute, sacrificing many nights out on the booze. I am addicted to tennis, I even string my own rackets.

Anyone been in a similar situation? How did it affect you? Will my chances of making the wildcard at Wimbledon be well and truly over (even though I'm 38 hee hee). Will I ever play tennis again? Or is it possible to find the balance of a decent amount of tennis with a new baby in my life? HELP!!!!
 

Alex78

Hall of Fame
Congrats on becoming a dad! Hope all goes well
- I've been a father for six months now, and while I didn't get to play more often than 1-2 times per week before, it's now down to 0.5 times per (or about 1 time per 2 weeks). I'd love to play a little more, but as you can see, the difference is not too big for me personally ;)
Taking care of and playing with your baby (it's amazing to see how quickly they learn new things and explore their environment anew every day) sure beats everything else, though!
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
I think it's important to set oneself up to a situation where the mother and some extended family can take care of such trivialities as picking up groceries, cooking/cleaning, and raising children. This way the man can focus his whole attention upon his responsibilities, which are to bring in a suitable income, putting a proper amount of time into his leisure activities such as tennis, and to get enough diversity in the carnal area so as to keep things stable and smooth-going on the domestic front.

just my 0.5¢
 
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donquijote

G.O.A.T.
I think it's important to set oneself up to a situation where they mother and some extended family can take care of such trivialities as picking up groceries, cooking/cleaning, and raising children. This way the man can focus his whole attention upon his responsibilities, which are to bring in a suitable income, putting a proper amount of time into his leisure activities such as tennis, and to get enough diversity in the carnal area so as to keep things stable and smooth-going on the domestic front.

just my 0.5¢
lol
 

chikoo

Hall of Fame
I currently play tennis 4-5 times a week and I'm going to be a dad in January.So I'm playing as much as I can at the minute, sacrificing many nights out on the booze. I am addicted to tennis, I even string my own rackets.

Anyone been in a similar situation? How did it affect you? Will my chances of making the wildcard at Wimbledon be well and truly over (even though I'm 38 hee hee). Will I ever play tennis again? Or is it possible to find the balance of a decent amount of tennis with a new baby in my life? HELP!!!!
Sacrificing booze nights?
A new height!
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
I currently play tennis 4-5 times a week and I'm going to be a dad in January.So I'm playing as much as I can at the minute, sacrificing many nights out on the booze. I am addicted to tennis, I even string my own rackets.

Anyone been in a similar situation? How did it affect you? Will my chances of making the wildcard at Wimbledon be well and truly over (even though I'm 38 hee hee). Will I ever play tennis again? Or is it possible to find the balance of a decent amount of tennis with a new baby in my life? HELP!!!!
How did it affect me? I've probably gone from a strong 5.0 to an average 4.0. :) Seriously. I'm 41 and have 4 kids, ages 8, 6, 4 (in 2 weeks) and 16 months. These little sportsters cut my tennis by 95% and I've loved every minute of it. My daughter plays club soccer and that takes up a lot of time and my 6 yo will be starting baseball in the spring. Most of my activities now involve them...trail runs with the double stroller, hikes with 1 on my backpack and 2 in the stroller. The older ones think it's fun to do push-ups and pull-ups and dips hanging on Dad. I live a 10 minute walk from my racquet club and am lucky to get in 1 day of tennis/week but I really don't mind. I seem to have lost my competitive desire and desire to play all the time and just don't seem to care. You will be utterly shocked how your life will change (mostly good ways) and how things that used to matter just don't matter anymore. Maybe when all 4 are off to college, I'll win the over 55 club doubles or something. :)

I know plenty of people that continue to play at the same clip. But between work, homework, kid activities and reserving time for my wife, I tend to focus on those things. Thinking back on when we only had one kid...it was a piece of cake! :)
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
I felt the baby kick and roll and stretch about last night. I must admit I am starting to feel how my priorities will change, but with pleasure - not damnation :)

Until then I'm going to try and reach the best level I can get to in tennis. Because when I do in play in future, it will be only for fun, not for learning.
 
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