You probably play a lot, and I’m certain you’re pretty good! Perhaps you played in college or just enjoyed the sport at a very competitive level.
Then it happened… it could have been gradual like the aches that start barking a little louder the morning after playing in the league. Or it could have been sudden like hearing the dreaded sound of a “pop” of the knee or the searing pain of a torn “something”… but whatever the cause you might find yourself a little lost without “your thing”. You might have even tried pickleball, thinking “well it’s the next best thing.” but like most tennis players found out it just wasn’t the same…
It’s easy for an activity to become a part of our identity. After my last collegiate tennis match the feeling of elation was quickly overcome by something, well… kind of empty. It felt like I had been kicked in the gut to tell you the truth.
All of the fun and the relationships built on and off the court in the sport was too much to let it go, yet it was harder now to find people who were still capable of playing. And I had to admit that playing singles was even getting challenging for me lately.