I played a little wheelchair tennis today. There are three courts a few blocks from where I live and I try to go every week to play. The guys there are pretty good (no females spotted yet) and give me the corner court. It sure is different playing in a wheelchair, mostly with the angle of return (hit hard and it goes in the net) and serving. But it must be good exercise because every time I go I come home exhausted.
The first time I played I lost 5 games to 0. Playing doubles with Linda we lost 5 to 3. But with the practice I’m getting better and last time I played Linda I still lost but only 3 games to 5. And today Linda and won in doubles 6-1. Linda has told people at work that she likes playing me now that I’m in a wheelchair a lot more. I think this is because I took it in college so she probably felt like I was playing down to her while now she is the one who has to have good control of the ball. I hope it isn’t just because she’s winning more.
We go in the evenings when it isn’t too warm. I like being able to do something where I am on my own side of the net and Linda and I are meeting equally, no one is helping me, I play and win or lose on my own. I’ve made a short music video of some of clips from today’s game to give you an idea, also to show that it is fun (less so when they hit it way over your head but still). See, now there's another reason to come visit. You could play me in tennis (or if you insist, just send the $2,000 so I can get a cambered tennis wheelchair, whichever).
12 hours ago