Tennis Life Lessons


problem solving tennis graphicI’m a bit of a tennis fanatic (isn’t that like being a little bit pregnant?). Not a surprising declaration for those who know me.

I started watching tennis, quite by accident, when I was around 12 years old. On a lazy Sunday afternoon (in lieu of watching “The Big Valley,” or “Love, American Style”), I happened to catch Rod Laver win his last Wimbledon championship against John Newcomb.

I watched mesmerized as Laver, famously known as ‘The Rocket’, covered every angle of the court, stretching to retrieve shots that would be impossible for any mortal man to get a racket on, only to return the ball with laser-like precision and get right back in the game.

Who knew tennis was so awesome? That was it, shut the front door, drop the mic, I was hooked.

Who knew tennis was so awesome? That was it, shut the front door, drop the mic, I was hooked.

Over the years, I’ve recognized that part of the beauty of tennis is how the game offers a solution for almost every problem — every offensive stroke has a defensive play. Sure, it takes practice, commitment and a strong desire to actually get good at the game, but in the game of tennis,  like in life, sometimes the joy is in just playing.

There are a lot of great life lessons analogous in sports, but here are some cleverly written tennis life lessons written by Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, who authors a wonderful blog called, The Silver Pen: Finding Silver Linings in Life.

So, check out Hollye’s blog and then go play some tennis. ‘Tis the season!

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One response to “Tennis Life Lessons”

  1. […] I don’t think tennis gets the attention it deserves, but there was plenty of buzz at the close of the Wimbledon fortnight this past […]

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