Tamara Slobogean Lesson #2: A Game of Errors

I’ve been looking forward to Thursday all week. I won’t lie. After last Thursday’s lesson, I was stiff until Tuesday. A good sign of how hard I worked. Today, the young man in our class is absent (I suspect he was discreetly moved up to a more advanced level). But the ladies are back. So now it’s just the girls – and Godwin. (By the way, I’m sporting my new tennis skirt. Purely a practical move. I now have a place to stash my balls;) Today another game changer. As we rally, we are reminded when to make contact with the ball: hit when it’s on its way down. Turns out I’ve been hitting it way too early! What a difference. I have more time to get to the right place, and the right position. Next, Godwin announces, we’re going to play a game. ‘Does anyone need a refresher on the rules?’ I sheepishly admit I could use one. So, from the racket spin that decides who serves, to the accumulation of points, I absorb like a sponge.  My next sheepish admission: ‘I don’t serve,’ I say. ‘Just try,’ says Godwin. Somehow, I do. That’s the nice part of today’s story. My opponent is a far more sophisticated player than I. So, after 3 games in which I am totally creamed, I have a mini-tantrum. Not my best moment. To this Godwin gathers up the group. ‘Tennis,’ he says, sounding as wise as Buddha, ‘is a game of errors. The court is large, the possibilities are endless. Tennis is a game of errors, and the winner is he or she who makes less of them’. I am fascinated. I feel like I’m having a spiritual experience. For the first time in my life, I understand sport as a mental game. Time to pull up my big girl pants, (ok my very small, big girl skirt), and play with my head…

Tamara Slobogean is a local TV producer who has blogged about her experiences as the Blushing Frugal Bride. She’s now blogging her way through Tennis 2.5.