I had the urge to Play Tennis last Month the moment it felt like it was warm enough to hit for a little bit. I live here in New Jersey, and my neighborhood has a lot of public tennis courts around and most of them are looks newly renovated. This particular park in Union City, where meetups are held just about every weekend, you surely will find a partner to hit with or somebody at your level. I’m still feeling rusty from the long winter since I didn’t even bother playing indoors. It felt so long maybe because of so much snow that came around this year and Blizzard that took like a month for the snow to melt. The only thing I did was run on the threadmills and some weightlifts. I think it affected my groundstrokes since it feels like it gotten heavier.
This is my first time stepping into the courts after winter season. The feeling of rustiness is there, and it seems like I can’t avoid it. In the beginning, I felt like my reactions are slow everytime I make contact with the ball and chasing each after shots are so tiring. Everything came back to me after at least an hour of just hitting back and forth in the baseline to use it as warm up. Then I follow up with some quick cuts, winner shots, and short points.
I then Begin, to play a match with a friend who also did not pick up a racket during the winter, so basically where in the same condition. I usually like to stay in the baseline and hit for winners when I see an pportunity, but this time I think I will try to change for a bit to do some volleys and net play. I’m going to try working on making the points shorter.
I will hit up some USTA tournaments in New Jersey and New York this time since I’m feeling very competitive and confident with my game.
Here is the picture of the Washington park where I play from the meetup group that I join.