Tennis can be very hard and lonely

“I picked up a racket when I was 5 in Russia and loved it. Now I’m 12, live in the US and my love and passion for Tennis haven’t changed. Sometimes tennis can be very hard and lonely, because you know that it’s all on you, sometimes it just takes lots of time to get your technique right, to make sure you bring everything you learn in practice to your matches. But seriously there is nothing more satisfying than getting it done, seeing the results. One very important thing I learned playing tennis is that the only person you should be comparing yourself to is YOU! Even when you lose another match, you need to turn around and see that you actually are a much better player now than you were a year, month, week or even day ago. My coach likes to say: “Try to do 1% better every time and trust the process.” And I’m telling you it’s not easy at all, but at the end of the day, I know that I’m very happy and lucky to be able to do what I love no matter how hard it can be! Also for the last 2 years, I’ve been very lucky to represent the United States Tennis Association aka @USTA as one of their Net Generation ambassadors. It’s a group of young people who are very passionate about their favourite sports TENNIS, who are spreading the word about it on social media and encouraging other kids to start playing. I hope that more and more people will be picking up rackets and learning how to play tennis because it’s simply THE BEST.”

(Nicole Kimball)

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