What Tennis Really Is
If you ever take a step back and look at the game of tennis, you realize that it's really just a game.
The whole point of tennis is to hit the ball over the net into the court. That's it.
The challenges in tennis are the demands of the game and the challenges posed by your opponent.
Here are examples of typical demands that the game of tennis places on you, regardless of your opponent (even if I just feed the ball to you):
- finding the proper angle of the racquet head
- finding the optimal speed of the stroke
- getting to the right distance from the ball in time
- maintaining good balance while moving and hitting
- swinging at the ball at the right time
- and many more.
Now here are examples of the challenges that are the result of playing an opponent:
- trying to outmaneuver and outsmart your opponent - winning the strategy game
- trying to anticipate your opponent's game and shots
- tempering your emotional involvement in the battle with your opponent
- controlling your shots when your opponent puts pressure on you, either with the speed or direction of their shots
- and many more.
When you consider all these challenges, you see that they are quite demanding and interesting to deal with. You surely gain pleasure and satisfaction by overcoming them.
But they are just the challenges of a game, similar to a computer video game, in which you must solve problems to win against the final boss.
Yet many of us become totally obsessed with tennis and treat it as the most important thing in our lives.
I see many kids and families invest so much time, energy and money in tennis that I often wonder if they can see the big picture.
You are merely trying to become highly skilled in a sports discipline.
Now think about it - is your time, money and energy REALLY worth becoming just highly skilled in one sports discipline? Aren't there MORE important things in life?
Where do you rank the importance if these things?