Archived Tennis Journals


The Sweetness of Playing on Grass 2

There is nothing like it. All the players in all white clothes. The smell of the grass that is cut each night. The spongy feeling of walking on a big lawn. And when playing…it is quiet. Like no other court, there is no sound when the ball bounces. Playing on […]


My Favorite Tournament 189

National Grass Court Championships Every fall I get the opportunity to experience playing on a grass tennis court. My memories of playing on the grass started when I was 37 when I got to play at Forest Hills. Never having set foot on a grass court I had no idea […]


The Match That I Was Destined to Play 3

I am rarely stuck for what to write so I will start with that and see where it takes me. After a tough semifinal against one of our best ball strikers, in which things got a little contentious, I was looking forward to playing my buddy and doubles partner. I […]


One Gold Ball and Playing for Another 42

One Gold Ball and Playing for AnotherThe day got away from me so this is just a quick update of results with more detail to follow tomorrow when I am flying back to ColoradoThe singles semis went my way as I won 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Super competitive match with lots […]


The Joy of Preparation 3

Competing. It raises me.I get to work on the hard things, like eating right, hitting the shots that I need to hit in pressure moments, and going to the gym and working on parts of my body that say “no, this is too hard.” I get to look for opportunities in the day where I am tense and to use those moments to train in relaxation, both mental and physical.


Closing it Out Against the Top Dog is HARD 24

Smiling both inside and out I thought “this is what I love about this game.” I knew that I was being asked the question. “Will you play safe and hope to escape with a win or will you go after it?”


A Win and a Loss That Feels Like a Win 169

The normal ups and downs of tennis matches, points and shots. I needed to continue to be accepting of these ups and downs. They come with the game.