Tennis Addiction ?

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  1. TimeToPlaySets

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    What stories of tennis addiction do you have?

    After a year of intensive playing, I am noticing some signs...

    For example, I drilled on Tues and Wed for almost 3 hours each evening.
    (Feeds to FH, BH, approach, overheads, serves, serve returns, volleys, point play, etc)
    I also noticed my arm starting to feel a bit ragged
    I am hitting 100% during training, and need to be mindful of injuries.
    I said to myself, I am spent, there is no way I should play tomorrow.
    By noon the next day, I am thinking how I will just go practice some serves
    or maybe I'll just do a short session with the ball machine.
    My hitting partner, 20 years my junior, decided he needed a rest day.
    So, I had to force myself to not play, and just relax for an evening.
    By tomorrow, I will be feverishly trying to find someone to hit.

    Also, I have been hitting 4-5x a week, and sometimes 2x a day.
    Sometimes, I start to feel mentally burnt out, and some days I am not in the mood to hit.
    But, I have certain goals, and I intend to meet them, and I suck it up. This is work.
    One day, I will feel burnt, like this is so stupid.
    I should do something more constructive with my life efforts and energy.
    Within 2 days, the desire is back.
    It never lasts more than 2-3 days before I am jonesing to go work on some tennis.

    I can't not even imagine sustaining twice this level like an ATP pro does for 15 years.
    Every single one of them must absolutely despise the game.

    What stories of tennis addiction do you have?
     
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  2. Booger

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    Not tennis related, but I did bet on the Cleveland Browns once. THE BROWNS!
     
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  3. Vanhalen

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    TTPS, what did you do during your ....well.....you know......banathon to keep busy at night?
     
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  4. Rattler

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    Here you go again....I’ll wager that most, Do not hate the game. In fact quite the opposite. That counts for both Men and Women.

    You do realize that some people can find their passion and think nothing of the hard work and “sacrifice” that goes along with it at as just part of the bigger picture, right? You know like a Dr. or Lawyer or any number of other professions or entrepreneurs.

    Edit: Then again that’s the thing, isn’t it? It’s their profession and you’re a Rec Tennis Hack (it’s cool most of us are here). You’re a 3.5/4.0 who just learned the game after immersing yourself in it for a year or so. Big deal, your postulations on what life is like for a professsional tennis player are akin to the opinions of a 9th grader’s relevance to a seasoned Astronaut. That’s not an insult, just a hard fact.

    Just because YOU dislike it doesn’t mean everyone else does.
     
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  5. Stretchy Man

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    I feel like this now.
     
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  6. FiReFTW

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    Cant imagine feeling burnt, no matter how much tennis i cant wait to play next time as soon as I stop playing.
     
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  7. TimeToPlaySets

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    Have you been playing 4-6 days a week for the last year? The feelings of burnt only started creeping in after about 10 months of The Daily Grind...

    If you have not done things like played 25 days in a row, then you simply cannot relate to the feeling of burnout. I can't even imagine how a pro hits six hours a day for 25 years straight without literally going insane

    However as I wrote above, the feeling only last a day or two. Then the addictive feeling comes back and I end up playing another 7 days in a row and can't get enough
     
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  8. Vanhalen

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    I feel burnt out when I read your posts
     
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    The disappointment you feel when you learn that TTPS's ban wasn't permanent... feels bad man.
     
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  10. samarai

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    good for u. i dont have the same level of dedication as u do, since i have other interests, but i do love to play tennis ( not practice) and get good games with the group im in. if i dont play every 2-3 days i do miss it.
     
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    good for u. i dont have the same level of dedication as u do, since i have other interests, but i do love to play tennis ( not practice) and get good games with the group im in. if i dont play every 2-3 days i do miss it.
     
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    good for u. i dont have the same level of dedication as u do, since i have other interests, but i do love to play tennis ( not practice) and get good games with the group im in. if i dont play every 2-3 days i do miss it.
     
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  13. nytennisaddict

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    i think if you start competing regularly... tourneys, usta singles, etc... it won't feel like work...
    nothing like the sting of defeat to keep me motivated.

    playing tennis has never felt like the grind i felt training for a marathon... which for me was 3y process.

    could very well be, that i'm a high functioning autistic.... and the repetition of hitting tennis balls is soothing to me :p
     
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  14. mcs1970

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    If you overdo anything you'll begin to hate it. It's just human nature. People ragged on Venus and Serena for their lack of single minded commitment to tennis earlier on in their careers. However, other things that they did such as designing their own line of clothing and accessories probably ensured that they didn't burn out too early. I read an article on Fed and how he interacts with common folks and travels around the cities that he plays in, than just stay cooped up at the hotel. There's a reason why athletes who can afford it take an entourage with them. Just single minded drills with not much else will get mentally tiring real fast.

    Practicing 7 days a week twice a day for about 6 hours a day, is not necessarily going to make you a better player than someone who does shorter but more focused practices, and also takes breaks or participates in other activities to rejuvenate themselves both physically and mentally.
     
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  16. TimeToPlaySets

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    That's interesting that you've never felt any hint of burnout, even for a day or two,
    considering you do put in your time, and often hit many days in a row, for many years.

    The last few weeks, I think my balance of match play vs. drilling has skewed hard in favor of the latter.
    This weekend, I will not do any practice, because it's time to play sets.
     
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    What is your age and level ???
     
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    Don't you mean it's @TimeToPlaySets ?
     
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  19. nvr2old

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    Hey TTPS. Do you appreciate and enjoy the game of tennis or is it simply a task to perform to get to a certain proficiency to be discarded once you get there?
     
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  20. TimeToPlaySets

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    Took two days off, and now obsessed again.
    Hitting the next 3 days.

    I love the process of improvement.
    Tennis is one of the richest learning experiences I've enjoyed
     
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  21. nvr2old

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    So if the process of improvement stops and you plateau then what? Do you find anything else that will keep you playing tennis when the improvement process stops or your abilities decline with age, injury, other responsibilities etc?
     
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    It easily puts one in a state of flow, the optimal human experience
     
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  23. skiracer55

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    Below, you say "" I have certain goals, and I intend to meet them." Fine, what are those goals? As soon as you can put them down in writing, it'll be whole lot easier to figure out if what you're doing is the right path. A lot of players have really specific goals, like, I wanna be a 4.5, or I want to beat Joe Topspin, or I want to get a D1 scholarship...or I want to win Wimbledon. All fine, but it's okay to just want to have fun and play tennis well. And be careful what you wish for. Okay, you lived the dream and became a 4.5...now what?

    The accent on fun is critical. My winter sport is Masters Alpine ski racing, which has included wins, losses, and serious injuries in my 30 year racing career. But I keep doing it for one simple reason: it's a rush, and I'm an adrenaline junkie...and that's my definition of fun.

    Obviously, there's a lot of work involved in ski racing, tennis, or any other sport, and it's not going to be sunshine and roses all the time. Just remember, though, that tennis is not your job, it's not your life, it's just...your time on a tennis court. And if it ain't fun, then don't do it. I've been playing tennis for longer than I care to admit, and, having just turned 70, I'm not moving like I used to, and, for whatever reason, I'm just not feeling it these days. So I'm going to skip tennis, and put in lot of miles on my road bike this summer...carpe diem..

     
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