One of the most comical, yet sad things every aging athlete must face is that we no longer are what we once were. Our minds are there, willing us to keep fighting, but our bodies don’t cooperate. This is a post about perseverance.
At the beginning of the year, I highlighted several personal goals in a post. One of those goals was to win just one USTA 5.0 rated tennis match. I had just gotten bumped to 5.0 after being a 4.5 for the past four years. It was a big surprise since I never believed that I belonged.
To give you an idea of the caliber of players in the 5.0+ USTA league, here are some bios:
* Cal team captain in 1998 who played No. 5 singles and owned a 25-6 match record that year.
* No. 6 singles player for USF in 2013. That’s right, he’s only 24 years old.
* Four year starter for UC Santa Cruz, and 2009 Division III National Champions.
* Four time All-American in singles and doubles at Stanford.
* Four year starter at William & Mary with a 70-40 singles record.
In other words, these guys are legit. Winning a singles match against some of these young bucks is impossible. I’d lose 1-6, 1-6 if I’m lucky. Winning a doubles match is almost impossible without a good partner.