Tony joined his very first Local Tennis League in 2009. Three leagues, 32 rounds and 155 matches later, he is still going strong
Around 1989, my assistant asked me if I would like to play tennis at Lincolns Inn after we finished overtime. One thing led to another and soon we were playing every Sunday. After a while, we played tennis and then went to work. Eventually, we just met up on Sunday mornings for tennis. We must have played almost every week for ten years
Then I joined a Club and my first Coach (Matt) had an incredible ability to make things fun. We'd play for points towards the end of the lesson and it always seemed that I was on the brink of winning
I started playing in the Parks Leagues around 2009 and have never looked back. The leagues are like a Club and I regularly bump into people that I have played in the past. A number of venues in and around Beckenham and Crystal Palace now feel like home. I have made several really good long term friends.
I like the mixture of competitiveness and sporting spirit. We often congratulate one another on an exceptionally good shot. I also like the feeling that I am in the match and might prevail (with just a bit more effort). The actual result is less important. What matters is that I am giving my opponent a run for his (or her) money.