This isn't my fault, but I still feel embarrassed.

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by ccmasterk, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. ccmasterk

    ccmasterk Guest

    So here's the deal:

    I just reached the semis of a sectional tournament about an hour away from where I live. I'm 16, and in New Jersey, so I can't drive. The only ride I could get was from a cousin of mine that knows just about nothing related to tennis. He's to drop me off, and my mom's to pick me up, because he supposedly has to leave right after he drops me off. But at the last second, he says he can stay and watch; I didn't really care either way, but here's where it gets interesting:

    So I'm getting absolutely creamed by this kid that's way better than me (he eventually won the championship), and once I realized that, I just went for broke and didn't really care if I won or lost. I had no fear of losing and I was pretty much using this match as practice, relaxed with no anxiety at all.

    Next thing I know, on a changeover, I'm at my bags and I turn around to reach for my towel, and there's my cousin, creeping up behind me and mumbling that he has to leave, and if I had everything I needed. As in, HE OPENED THE GATE, JOGGED ONTO THE COURT, AND IS WHISPERING TO ME ON THE CHANGEOVER. Least suspicious thing in the world, right? Well I'm shocked, my face stiffens, and my heart skips a beat, and the most I can say in a jumbled mess of a few dozen syllables is "Uhh, yeah sure, but you gotta go."

    The kid I'm playing freaks out like, "What the hell are you doing!?" The other players are staring at me from a mile away. The umpire, thankfully understanding, motions my cousin off the court, and I'm still stuck there with an "Oh crap, did that just happen?" look on my face, desperately trying to explain myself without making my cousin seem like a buffoon (he was still within hearing distance). Now, my cousin's a nice guy, and everyone was understanding in the end, but I still haven't been able to get that image out of my head of him casually and obliviously creeping onto the court. My heart still has that feeling of skipping a beat, and I'm still tense and, well, just plain embarrassed. Any help putting this behind me?
  2. Slazenger07

    Slazenger07 Banned

    Sep 29, 2009
    Relax, forget about it, your cousin didnt know he couldnt come on to the court and talk to happens
  3. Geezer Guy

    Geezer Guy Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2005
    Big Canoe, GA
    Everyone thinks their own family is full of dorks and is embarrased as hell over what they do. Nobody else cares because they're too busy being worried about what THEIR family members do to embarras them.

    In other words, don't worry about it. Nobody cares.
  4. Juges8932

    Juges8932 Rookie

    Sep 1, 2009
    Yeah, that's one of those situations where you feel embarrassed about it, but nobody else gives a **** lol. I can understand the embarrassment, but seriously, just let it go. Not that serious IMO.
  5. maverick66

    maverick66 Hall of Fame

    Jun 27, 2006
    What did he say?
  6. spacediver

    spacediver Hall of Fame

    Sep 21, 2009
    Toronto Canada
    that's pretty funny :)

    but at some point you have to learn not to take things too seriously. After all, you're a couple of primates hitting round things with bats in front of other primates, on a rock hurtling through space. It's not a deathmatch or anything in front of the queen.

    btw i like that you got to experience that release from stress during the match - I find that is where I play my best and most courageous tennis.
  7. Mansewerz

    Mansewerz Legend

    Oct 31, 2007
    Caught in No Man's Land
    What? That's it? Who cares! It's not like you got into a conflict or a fight or anything!

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