LOS ANGELES BABY BOOMER TENNIS
TENNIS AFTER 40....WHEN LIFE BEGINS
I read somewhere that age does not depend on years, but upon temperament and health. Some people are born old, and some never grow so.
How many times have you thought it would be nice to get out and hit some tennis balls as you might have years ago? Could getting back into tennis without wooden racquets and finding players around your own age be just the spark to a healthier lifestyle we all want? Do you think all those people jogging and biking every morning must be from another planet? Did you know that along with Roger Federer there is a men’s ninety plus world champion? Yes there is tennis after forty and available to you.
After turning 40+, gaining a “few “extra pounds,” I starting to take chiding about my weight from the under 40s at work, I decided to join them for a 10k run. I’d been inactive with my tennis game for ten years. Replacing tennis with golf, I was in “great golf cart shape”. Well, after running a few 10ks the youth at the office again raise the bar. Now we started preparing for triathelons, swimming, biking and running. I know this sounds extreme, but I was discovering new place’s and people and most of all, new things about myself. Though swimming was my down fall, I tried anyway only to realize I could not complete to open ocean swim. The good news is that I was back in shape with a new zest now knowing what joy the bikers and jogger s get every time they hit the road. I was no longer just the older, out of shape senior guy at the job... Running and biking had incorporated my life and I’d realized I went from “golf cart King” to a person taking care of myself and knowing I was in better shape than 70% of my age group.
Why should any of my sports history mean anything to you? I’ll tell you why. Now after getting revitalized and being 50 something, I commuted to and from work on a motorcycle to save gas (stay green was my thought). I was on the Harbor freeway coming from work and going the “speed limit” at four in the morning when I rear ended a stopped car. After flying through the air 150 feet and breaking my pelvis in three places along with a broken right hand, I found myself waking up two days later in intensive care unit. I stayed in IC for three weeks trying to recover enough for the two upcoming surgery’s installing metal to put me back together. If you have ever heard a doctor ask your relatives “does he have his personal affairs in order,” your life will take on a whole new meaning. Going from new found joy of running and biking to a year of wheelchairs, walker s then canes is a step back to say the least. Through prayer and I can’t help but believe “being in good shape” helped me be here today. I decided to use tennis to further rehab after I could walk again and get back into shape. I have not looked back or stopped yet. I have even managed to get trophies in both golf and tennis since getting a second chance (yes I’m motivated).
Yes there is plenty of tennis left after forty (even if most of it is doubles) and this is a second chance if you gave up the game years ago or are tired of only finding tennis matches twenty years younger than you. As you see second chances are not a given and the time is now. Join now and get started on life part two, tennis after forty. Our new group will host all levels of play, from the novice to the seasoned players with a host of tennis and social events included. Think of this group as a Country Club without walls. We rent courts for our events, which will be at least monthly. I believe there are at least forty people in all of Los Angeles that could benefit from becoming active members. I included a nominal membership fee for two reasons. The first is to insure people will not just sign up to say they are a member s of a tennis group and never get near a tennis court. The second reason is to get you to invest in yourselves. This is my tennis story, what is your? I’d love to hear from you with your thoughts and suggestions.
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