Folks who really know me, know where to find me in my spare time: chasing a yellow ball on the tennis court. As locals, we are blessed with amazing, mild temperatures year-round, providing awesome tennis weather 365 days a year. (OK, once in awhile it rains, but that means we play on clay!) Living a tennis lifestyle is easy; there are so many fantastic clubs in the Monterey Bay area. Young or old, everyone can find tennis opportunities here. The benefits of enjoying tennis for recreation or serious competition are numerous. If you want to get back into the sport of tennis, remember you are never too old to start again.
Here are some of my favorite things about the game of tennis. The camaraderie is amazing; you will make friends for life. These friendships may start on the tennis court, but they flower into deep-rooted support systems, that keep your life happy and healthy. Recently my cherished doubles partner was diagnosed with cancer. I am proud to say the entire tennis community rallied around her, with a food train during chemo treatments, never-ending love and support, as she valiantly fought the battle. I truly believe it was the love of her family and her tennis friends that willed her to survive! I am happy to report, she is kicking all our butts on the courts, only a few months after finishing her treatments. Oops… I forgot to mention she is 20 years older than I am, too!
The health benefits are awesome, and painless. You are getting great exercise, but it doesn’t feel like work at all. Some say tennis is a sport of hit and giggle, as you smash the ball past your opponent. We die-hard recreational players have fun, but never forget we are out there to win! You might be impressed to see us old ladies running around the court, our competitive spirits on fire. I am amazed at the intensity of play, among players well into their seventies. Many of these folks are my role models: I want to grow up to be just like them.
New to town and looking to meet people? Join a tennis club; you will have an instant social network. There is no better way to immerse yourself into the community, and make instant connections. As a newcomer to the Peninsula 8 years ago, I joined a tennis club, and found a network of amazing friends. These folks are like family, and I am forever grateful for the game of tennis, which made it possible for me to cross paths with these amazing people.
Last, but certainly not least, are the tennis professionals in our community: They are special! Their talent, expertise, and dedication are inspiring. We have a great pool of experts who gladly share their expertise, wisdom, and genuine compassion with players young and old. What are you waiting for? Dust off your racquet, put on your tennies and join us locals on the courts!