What tennis taught me

openpic16

I snapped this stadium pic at the 2015 Aus Open.

Like most tennis fanatics, I spent the last half of January scheduling my life around centre court. So, if you’re open to it, I’d like to share a few things I learnt from watching the Australian Open. Sure it wrapped on Sunday but these little tips are everyday winners.

Mind your own business
Lots of players talked about maintaining focus on their side of the net. Is it courting disaster to invest too much energy into your opponent’s state of play? Quite possibly. The alternative certainly seems to net results.

Mute the commentary
Sometimes I tire of the experts’ opinions and their dissection of every game, set and match. While I respect their achievements and experience, I also respect my need for calm and quiet. The toughest game of all is learning to let life unfold without explanation.

Warm up and cool down
A stretch and an ice bath seem to be, respectively, pre and post-match rituals at major slams. I’ve taken this onboard. I’m rising a little earlier and going for a warm-up walk. At day’s end, I’m switching off my Mac and reading something the old-fashioned way. After turning in a couple of hours before my usual shut-eye, I’m feeling much brighter by sun-up.

Keep important things nearby
I just about dissolved when I saw Andy Murray tying his wedding ring to his shoelace. The jewellery lover in me was impressed by the bling. The big softy in me understood the significance of holding precious pieces near one’s sole soul. By the way, I do hope he’s deploying some kind of nifty scout’s knot that won’t come undone when he’s returning serve at speed.

Tell me, did you catch many matches? What were your standouts?

Linking up today with With Some Grace for Flog Your Blog Friday.

14 Comments

  • Reply February 5, 2016

    merilyn

    hi tonia! not quite into tennis!
    but I do love your metaphorical language! because … clever!
    hope you are happy and well hun! love m:)X

    • Reply February 5, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh Merilyn most of my friends are with you there! They can’t understand my love of the game either! Meanwhile, hope you’re happy and healthy too. So lovely to be back on line. I hope you have a lovely weekend – a busy one planned at this end. xx

  • Who knew so many life lessons could be learned courtside?! I’m not a tennis buff but I was kept abreast of events because my husband gave me a running commentary! I’m not sure about the wedding ring and shoelace combo, I just hope Andy is as good as tying knots as he is at playing tennis!

    • Reply February 5, 2016

      Tonia

      So does this mean you and your Mister won’t be playing mixed doubles anytime soon? Funnily enough, I rarely watch the doubles but this year I tuned into that too. So much tennis, so little time! Hey, I really enjoyed your “She’s So Inspiring” piece this morning. By the way, you’re pretty inspiring yourself. Have a good weekend. x

  • Reply February 5, 2016

    Deborah

    I love your points Tonia – all very good analogies for real life!

    I didn’t watch any of the tennis. I was once a sports’ freak but don’t tend to watch any of it anymore…

    Deb

    • Reply February 5, 2016

      Tonia

      Hi Deb, thanks for stopping by. Sounds like you and Lleyton have both retired from tennis. I know what you mean, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Hope your weekend’s a relaxing one.

  • Reply February 5, 2016

    Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    I love the tennis and spend every January soaking it all up – and now my son loves watching it too! My work here is done… 🙂

    • Reply February 5, 2016

      Tonia

      This is brilliant. Good work Kirsty. Isn’t it funny how much we miss it? I’m lost in February. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I’m going to return serve and pop over to My Home Truths.

  • Reply February 5, 2016

    Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Hi Tonia (with an i) I’m Denyse (with a y) ..see already I feel connected. Thank you for visiting my blog today. It was great to see you there. You do love your tennis!! I am not a tennis fan but my late mum was and she was in the stands for NSW Open and other matches. She was a tennis lady who played with groups each week and she & friends would meet up at Sydney’s (now gone) White City for the matches. I didnt mind playing tennis as a teen and adult. Our son played rep tennis and was selected for a 3 week tennis camp in Texas at Newks Tennis Academy. When he returned…he dropped tennis! He was 14 and it was not so cool! Denyse

    • Reply February 5, 2016

      Tonia

      Hi Denyse, how lovely the tennis gene was passed down from your Mum to your son. He must have been talented to be selected to go to the US. What a great experience for him! I’m considering taking up lessons again (I played 100 years ago but I’m not very coordinated). It’s all good fun. Thanks for popping over. Enjoy the weekend.

  • Reply February 7, 2016

    Zita @ It's Time..

    Sometimes I mute the TV so as to block out the grunting of the women’s matches!!! Bruce Mac just about drives me nuts with his stats!

    I think after years of watching marathon games tennis has taught me that it can change in an instance and it’s not over until someone says game, set, match.

    • Reply February 8, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh Zita that’s so true about how quickly a game can change … love your “game, set, match” approach. I hope your 2016 is full of winners. xx

  • Reply February 10, 2016

    Grace

    I went to the Australian Open several years back and loved watching Federer! How quick are his feet???
    Didn’t see as many matches as I wanted this year but how about that Serena upset? Wow! Just. Wow!

    • Reply February 10, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh lucky you Grace – I’d love to see Fed in the flesh. He’s amazing. As for this year’s tournament, well there were so many twists and turns, I was glued to just about every match.x

Leave a Reply