It's a question we ask ourselves constantly here at MatchOn HQ. Our team's tennis experience is all over the place - ranging from high-level college play to a few weekend warriors. Everyone has a great tennis story and, more importantly, tennis means something to everyone no matter how they play the game.
One of our summer interns, Asher Weiss, explains what tennis means to him. Join in on the conversation and share what tennis means to you below!
By: Asher Weiss
Tennis is one of the most popular and extraordinary games in the world. The game spreads from Boston to Sydney to Bangkok and everything in between. Tennis is played in different climates, on different courts, and with different surroundings and has become a widely recognized sport. Some play for enjoyment, others play to make money, but all seem to share a same strong love of the game.
Ever since I can remember I have played tennis. I learned when I was just a little kid and have loved playing ever since. Something about being out on court with nothing else on your mind always makes playing tennis a really special experience. I played a wide range of sports as a kid including basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer, yet none seemed to stick with me as much as tennis. So what makes tennis so special?
It could be the mental strategies used at all times, it could be the strong sense of one on one competition, or it could be the fact that when you are on court, there is nothing to think about except the game. For me it’s a mix of all those things. However, one very special aspect of tennis is the fact that it is a multi-generational game. Fathers and mothers teach their kids, who teach their kids and so on and so forth. Tennis really is a sport that family members can easily teach to each other and can play together for fun.
Spending my summers in a small town with a strong tennis community has allowed me to experience the real generational aspect of the game. Tournaments in my town consist of sons and grandsons, uncles and nephews, mothers and daughters, basically any combination of family members you can think of. Being able to share a game with your family is something that few other sports can offer.
Being able to play with people of all ages is another very special part of tennis. I have to admit that people 50 years older than me have beaten me a few times. The fact that anyone, no matter what your age, can beat anyone else makes the game so much more interesting.
Over the years tennis has become a very important part of my life. Sometimes we don’t realize how important things are to us until we really sit back and think about it. Tennis has taught me to focus, taught me how to lose, and taught me how to compete. It has relaxed me in times of stress and has picked me up in times of defeat. I have trouble imaging what my life would be like without my favorite activity. Tennis is so much more than an activity; tennis is a part of me.