In spite of sore muscles near my right elbow, I have been playing some racket sports. Now that I am back to my old serve, I am improving my game.

August 3rd—an hour of hitting with a beginner.

August 6—4 hours of tennis. Slaughtered my regular opponents in doubles and singles. Then lost two doubles sets with the age-50’s group, but made a good showing.

August 8—1¼ hours of squash practice and games. Getting back into it. Won 3 out of 4 with a former opponent who used to always beat me…although she hadn’t played in a year.

August 9—1¼ hours of squash practice. Really starting to whack the ball well and place it too.

August 11—Tennis victory: beat the old guys (93 and 86) both sets, 6-4. 6-3. A real achievement. So my team has now won three sets out of 12. Those guys can place and lob so beautifully. Decades of practice. Though they can’t run fast or far, they can still reach the ball and return it perfectly over and over. My own game was definitely better, with fewer long balls and some amazing “gets.” My partner played really well too…so we beat ‘em both sets at last. What an effort!

One benefit of an arm that hurts is that I am guessing this ache is the result of not hitting the tennis ball properly. Read the rest of this entry »

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