McCaskey High School • Tennis Central • Fall 2017
What Does Tennis Mean To Me?
Tennis is something that has constantly been a part of my life, from when I was very young such as 4 or 5 years old, to my current age of 15. Although in my early years I simply played for the fun of it, as time has gone on and with my place on the McCaskey tennis team, I have slowly become more and more competitive. In many ways Tennis has helped me break out of my shell, and become a more confident, precise person. I have acquired many skills since I began to play that are much deeper than having good hand-eye coordination or just being good at playing. I have learned how to deal with large amounts of pressure and stress and how to not let feelings or self doubt affect my actions.
Tennis has not only taught me how to cope with everyday struggles, but I also use it as a way to cope. Whenever I am feeling down or stressed, tennis has always been there as a way to let out my emotions in a productive way. I can never really be upset when I am playing tennis, even if it’s a bad playing day for me. This is because I love the sport so much, and I have so many memories of playing with my entire family. I always look forward to playing, and nothing can beat the feeling of being unstoppable and finally complete.
Without tennis, I would lead a very difficult life. From teaching me lessons to serving as a coping method, I have enjoyed tennis every single year that I have played. The sport is so much more than hitting the ball hard, it requires mental control, patience, and strategy. I believe this is the reason, that after trying and quitting many other sports, I found Tennis and love it. I am a thinker, and with tennis I can beat opponents using strategy and ideas rather than hitting the ball back harder. Tennis is truly an amazing sport, and I will keep playing it for as long as I possibly can.