I enjoy writing about my adventures in trying to be sporty. I’m all for trying new things. It’s sticking with them, or even learning to like them that I have a problem with. However, I’ve always really liked tennis even though I’m don’t have much skill.
Luckily for me, my husband is a bit of tennis champ and doesn’t mind running me around the court for a while. Playing with him really improved my skills. But I’m still at a very basic level. Being the sweet guy that he is, my husband bought me beginner’s tennis lessons for a birthday present.
It’s nice because I don’t work during the day (or at all…) so I was able to sign up for one of the day-time classes that weren’t as crowded. I even got a free racquet! The best part is that my class has only two other women in it and they both have little to no experience playing so they make me look like Venus Williams. One lady wears jeans for every class.
My coach uses me for the demonstrations before the lessons which is fun but intimidating. He’s from Portugal originally and his accented English is pretty good. He refers to me as “Lee Lee” which I quite enjoy.
So far we’ve learned a lot about grip, positioning, and different types of swings. There’s so much to think about before you make a move! I kind of prefer not knowing anything about anything and just being a spaz on the court. But, I guess I’m becoming a better player.
I always feel so awkward whenever my teacher asks us to go through the motions instead of actually playing or hitting the ball. The practice swings make me cringe and any time he suggests we do a “warm-up shuffle” I’m like
And sometimes my teacher, ehm sorry, I mean my COACH asks us really confusing questions. Like, questions about technique or other stuff that I have no idea about. I also have trouble hearing him when he’s on the other side of the court. I probably look so confused the entire time. I’m usually like “Ummm idk?”
So yeah overall tennis has been pretty fun and challenging. I’ve also had a private lesson because the other two women weren’t there during my last class. Next time you see me, I’ll most likely be at the US Open.