Lessons from a Tennis Addict on a Quest to Become a USTA 4.5 Player

A Great Champion’s Legacy

A Great Champion’s Legacy

By P.J. SimmonsEarly this morning, my dear friend and hero Ollie Stephens passed away after a heroic battle with cancer. My heart is aching with sadness and with empathy for all of Ollie's family and friends. All of our lives were forever changed for the better the...

Back on the Road!

Back on the Road!

By P.J. SimmonsJust over two years ago, I had a freak accident at a gym that sidelined me from training. I fell backwards on my wrist and tore the cartilage (my “TFCC”) pretty badly—ironically, while doing tennis-specific agility training when I was traveling. Surgery...

Detours, Roadblocks, and Discoveries on the “Road to 4.5 Tennis”

Detours, Roadblocks, and Discoveries on the “Road to 4.5 Tennis”

“The most fulfilling adventures happen when you start your journey without knowing where you’re going, because only then are you free to experience the unexpected detours you’re meant to take.”― A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar“In the moment, you most likely...

My New Year’s Tennis (and Life) Resolutions

My New Year’s Tennis (and Life) Resolutions

By P.J. Simmons New Year's Eve is probably my favorite day of the year. It's the day I tend to dream biggest... the day when everything seems possible. I love the tradition of considering "resolutions" for the New Year-- essentially just setting goals. But I've...

“Dear Tennis…” A Love Letter

“Dear Tennis…” A Love Letter

Dear Tennis,I know I haven’t been around much for the past few months and you’re probably getting a little worried. Have I fallen for another sport behind your back? Are things getting stale between us? Where’s the intense passion and commitment I brought to our...

The Meaning of Tennis

The Meaning of Tennis

By P.J. SimmonsFor us serious adult recreational tennis players, passion has no limits. The sport is more than a "hobby" for us: it's part of our identity. For us, tennis and life go hand in hand. We know we can become stronger, better people through tennis... and...

Why I Love Tennis (GUEST POST)

Why I Love Tennis (GUEST POST)

GUEST POSTBy Bob Litwin Bob Litwin never played in college or on the tour, but at age 32 started to compete thinking he might be able to win some matches. He lost a lot for several years. Then he won a gold medal at the 12th Maccabian Games in the 35 and over. And he...

Six Key Questions to Ask Your New Doubles Partner (GUEST POST)

Six Key Questions to Ask Your New Doubles Partner (GUEST POST)

GUEST POSTBy Clif Render Clif Render is an engineer, technologist, and tennis fan who has loved the game for far longer than he's played it. Growing up in a small rural farming town, his only childhood connection to the sport was what little US Open coverage he picked...

How to Practice Like a World-Class Player (Guest Post)

How to Practice Like a World-Class Player (Guest Post)

GUEST POST Jack Han is a Montreal, Canada-based entrepreneur and digital marketing consultant. He began playing tennis competitively in high school and currently competes in 4.5 and Open-level tournaments. He enjoys traveling around the world to attend ATP and WTA...

COMMUNICATE TO WIN IN DOUBLES TENNIS  (GUEST POST)

COMMUNICATE TO WIN IN DOUBLES TENNIS (GUEST POST)

GUEST POST By Kim Selzman Kim is an avid tennis player who chronicles all of her on-court adventures over at TennisFixation.com.  She plays on three tennis teams and concentrates mainly on doubles.  Her favorite players happen to be the Bryan Brothers and she was very...

Feeling Intimidated? Remember: “The Ball is Always the Same”

Feeling Intimidated? Remember: “The Ball is Always the Same”

By P.J. SimmonsTennis is such a mind game. And because we're all unique, everyone needs to discover the specific "mental toughness" tools that work best for them. (For Jamie Powers, another player on the "Road to 4.5", it's racquet tattoos).Here's a very simple new...

Announcing the U.S. Tennis Congress

Announcing the U.S. Tennis Congress

By P.J. SimmonsSome of you may have noticed my posts have become a little less frequent in recent months. Well I'm writing to share some exciting news that I hope helps to explain why. About six months ago, I was sitting around one day thinking about how grateful I...

Racquet Tattoos: My Secret Weapon (Guest Post)

Racquet Tattoos: My Secret Weapon (Guest Post)

GUEST POST By Jamie Powers Jamie Powers is baker, dishwasher, counter girl and 9-year long owner of DeLuxe Bakery in Iowa City, IA. She continues to obsess about tennis on an hourly basis. She plays 4 times a week and holds delusions of pro-circuit grandeur.  Her...

Grace Under Pressure: 10 Tips to Combat Tightness

Grace Under Pressure: 10 Tips to Combat Tightness

A few weeks ago I got some hard-to-hear but truly game-changing advice while training over the weekend at "Total Tennis," a tennis camp in upstate NY that's become my home away from home.I had just finished a fast-paced and inspiring morning group session with two...

Putting “Winning” into Perspective

Putting “Winning” into Perspective

By P.J. SimmonsIn the wake of the Lance Armstrong debacle, I've been reflecting a lot on how lucky we tennis players are that our sport's top champions are such great role models-- not just as hardworking athletes, but as human beings.With rare exception, today's top...

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