Really enjoyable morning!

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  1. SGM1980

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    Our club does a social event we call Davis Cup. People form teams of 6 and choose a country and we play three abbreviated matches. Details aren't important, but it's usually fun.

    This year was even better because they seeded us sort of, so the strongest teams played each other rather than it being random so the team of all 4.0 gues didn't end up playing the 3.0 mixed teams.

    We were basically our 8.0 mixed team, and we got put in the strongest flight against two teams of all guys, and one other strong mixed team.

    It was a beautiful morning - sunny and a little breezy, so not too hot. Our team won some and lost some, but my husband and i were 3 and 0, so that was extra fun!

    Anyway, i was just thinking about how nice it was to play tennis in the good weather and was wondering what the last time was when you guys just plain had fun playing tennis.

    Anyone have a nice pleasant story to share about this sport that we all claim to enjoy?
     
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  2. Dartagnan64

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    I had fun this morning with my usual cohort of guys. We play a couple hours of men's doubles and then have breakfast at the club. It's a nice way to spend Saturday mornings.

    Today's sets were 7-6 (8-6) and 5-7. Nice even match. I was happy that we came back in the tiebreak from 6-2 dow to win 8-6.

    Of course this is in a tennis bubble because weather is still not great here in Vancouver. It will be even more fun when we can play outdoors and have breakfast by the pool.
     
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    Thanks, @Dartagnan64. That's more what i was looking for!

    It's finally stopped raining and warmed up a bit in NC. Vancouver is gorgeous, but definitely a bit farther north!!
     
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  4. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    What is this "just plain fun" thing? Is that a new stroke technique? How come my coach never told me about that?! ;)
     
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  5. SGM1980

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    Spoken like a true TT commenter!
     
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  6. samiam158

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    Any day on the court is a nice day!
     
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  7. OnTheLine

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    Today was the most ideal weather. We just came off of a few weeks of insane wind. Last week's league matches were just about keeping a sense of humor. Today, about 75-80 for my two matches at 9am and 12:30 and NO WIND! Turns out I can play without wind and I do know how to serve and find the court!

    But pure fun: all summer club has a saturday morning ladies' scrambler. $5 and you get thrown on a court with 3 others at about your level ... play a set ... winners go move up a court, losers down a court and partners split ... play typically about 4 sets ... is super great when you end on the top court having moved up courts each time. But meet people from not just the club but the whole city ... most weeks the turn out is around 50-60 women so we take up a lot of the club's 23 courts!
     
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  8. sureshs

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    If it had been 0 and 3, you would not be posting here.

    I have played many many of these "social" events. They quickly turn into mind game and line call cheating events very quickly, especially in mixed doubles.
     
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  9. SGM1980

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    Actually, i would, had we played well and still lost. Because apparently unlike some people I'm capable of actually enjoying something.

    Now i regret even starting this thread. Two people actually share something pleasant. One says something sexist and horrible. Another declared my feelings invalid and claims my experience to be ********.

    This is what i get for trying to bring some positivity to this toxic board.
     
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  10. OrangePower

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    Na, it's just that people remember the negative and take the positive for granted. So we get to hear all the bad and very little of the good.

    Almost every time I'm on the tennis court I think to myself, self, isn't it great to be out here in the pleasant weather with friends smacking a little ball around? And because it's the norm, specific examples don't really stand out and so I don't post about them.

    But here's one for you: Friday afternoon I took off work early right after lunch, and went to hit with a buddy at the local park. 75 degrees with not even a hint of wind. Spring is in full force here and the air was fragrant from some jasmine that grows in the park and is flowering, and also that cut grass smell. My friend and I usually just drill and we had a great work out - two hours outside working up a sweat playing the game that we love rather than being cooped up in the office... how great is that?
     
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    Don't despair it's the nature of the internet, 99% just read posts and never contribute--the silent majority. I found your topic refreshing--but had one of the worst rec days of my tennis career yesterday, and vowed NEVER to again play a pick-up match at my UNSUPERVISED facility--I can't bring myself to call it a club. Hopefully today will be better playing in a supervised environment. Hang in there!
     
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  12. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    @SGM1980 said winning made it "extra fun"; she did not say "it was only fun because we won" although that's what you inferred.

    So you shouldn't play them. But that doesn't mean everyone else's experience matches yours.
     
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  13. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    Keep posting! It's great to hear people enjoying the game.
     
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  14. sureshs

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    I have seen so many losing couples seething with anger after social doubles that I have become cynical. I really don't believe anyone who says they enjoyed despite losing all their matches in social doubles. Actually players don't mind this in league play which might appear counterintuitive but losing 0 to 3 in "fun" play seems to appear to be betrayal to them. It means they sucked even when nothing was on the line.

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    Two, actually:

    1. Friday night, USTA 8.0 mixed match. First time touching a racquet since last Sunday at the NTRP tourney in AZ. Coming off a bit of a 'high' bc the trip was so fun, and I'm happy with my results, level of play, and things I learned about my game in the tourney. So Friday's match was super fun b/c it was just a really good touch match against a very evenly matched opponent team. Just a ton of good points, tie breaks, nearly 2.25 hours...the match had everything. Then our team (as we usually do) went out for dinner/drinks and just had a really great time.

    2. Saturday afternoon: Rained all day in the AM, then suddenly stopped around 12:30, sun came out, and got to play singles against one of my regular buddies around 2:30. First time playing outdoors here in 2018...almost feels like we should do some sort of ceremony or something (75, overcast, a little wind, but OUTSIDE!) My buddy is .5 higher than me, really athletic, and about half my age, so i'm honored he thinks well enough of my game to call me to hit...that alone gives me confidence that I can hang with the tougher players. I've not beaten him yet, but getting close. Yesterday I had him at 5-3 on my serve...he dug in and won the set 7-5. And I had a blast!
     
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  16. Dartagnan64

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    Great day today. Had a warmup at 7 playing one on one doubles with my wife. Then watched my doubles partner play in the men's 50+ consolation singles final. Then had a nice lunch, returned to the club to watch a few Master's finalists play. Then i got to play in the Men's 50+ doubles consolation final. We won 6-1 7-5. Yay us.

    Not quite the same as winnnig the A side, but hey, winning a final match in any tournament is satisfying.
     
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    We had a club social Saturday night. Played 2 short sets of mixed with my wife and a short set of men's doubles. Then after everyone finished playing played another full set of men's doubles. Was a beautiful night and was great to be outside socializing and playing tennis.
     
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    I've been playing tennis for a little over 30 years now. I'm not the best and I'm not the worse. I've had injuries and I've taken breaks from the sport. I am competitive and I still play almost every day!
    I play on 2 local leagues (mixed and ladies) and I captain our 3.5 USTA league. I take lessons and am helping the local pro reach her goals towards retirement!

    I did have some times where I hated to lose so much, i resorted to bad sportsmanship, pouting and anger. I often wondered why i kept playing. Then I started paying attention to those REALLY having fun. They were the beginners....the ones taking lessons....just learning a new sport....a new feel. Their exuberance for the game was awesome! I took note. The question I was often asked was DO YOU STILL LOVE IT?? ARE YOU STILL SO EXCITED TO PLAY?? and I asked myself that question....and I DID answer yes (for most days HA!)

    So I stopped complaining so much. I laugh more, I play hard. I still have my nemesis but I can smile at them now and NOT WANT TO KILL THEM!! I have days when I suck and I have days when my head won't fit through the door! But all in all........any day on the court is a GOOD day!

    PS just had to elaborate on my original post
     
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    Several years ago the district championships for 3.0 MxD in the Intermountain district were played in Vail, CO. My wife and I were lucky enough to be on a team that made it that far and got to play in Vail. We have lived in CO most of our lives, and so we're a bit used to the scenery. Even with that, it was spectacular. The Vail Racquet Club facility is stunning, and the views from the courts are enough to make you lose focus during the match ... and not even care. After our matches, we would head into town with the team and have lunch/dinner at an incredible restaurant. It was July, so the weather was fantastic.

    Several years later, and with many a terrific tennis memory in my belt, that weekend in Vail still stands out.
     
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  20. ChaelAZ

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    My commentary about my last day on court.

    Half happy
     
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  21. sureshs

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    Played a grueling set of dubs yesterday and lost 5-7 in the tiebreak.
     
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    Grinded out a USTA 3.5 doubles tournament win with a friend a few weekends ago. We like playing together but traditionally didn't play that great. Overcame some tough matches and won a local title for the first time.
     
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  24. Dartagnan64

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    Nice. Unless you were sandbagging of course ;)
     
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