I had a great opportunity to play up a level and was on a tennis team that made it to sectionals. I didn’t earn it, played three singles matches during the season and lost all three. Shortly, I was replaced by better players, understandably. I have been working on improving. Progress is slow. The two better players couldn’t go so I was invited to play! We rented a condo by the beach for 11 of us. I only really knew 2 of the girls, however when you get an opportunity like this, it’s great to go for it. People can be quite competitive. You have to be a pretty strong person to know that you probably don’t have what it takes to compete, and try anyway. I do have some things going for me, but controlling the entire game at the 4.0 level is not there yet. Hopefully soon I will earn a spot to be there.
The one friend I went with waited for me and we left Houston late. It’s a little over a 3 hour drive. She is one of the best people in the world! We arrived around 8PM and ate at a local restaurant called Doc’s which is just off Padre Island. The first thing I noticed was the absolutely beautiful sunset.
I had some amazing fish tacos and the other ladies had salad. This tennis group has many very fit ladies.
The condo we rented was nice. It had three floors. Two bedrooms downstairs, two in the middle and one up. I think there were 3 or 4 bathrooms. The top floor had the living room, dining and kitchen. It was decorated in such a cute beachy theme. Our group brought a lot of food for breakfast, dinner and plenty of drinks. We actually had 4 coffee pots.
The first match of the tournament was held at the HEB tennis center. HEB is a big grocery store in Corpus Christi. It’s tough to play in 100 degree weather, you really have to condition for it. I was hoping my opponent would struggle with it, but she didn’t. We played another match at Al Kruse tennis center. My opponent was nice to let me crawl under her umbrella for shade on the change overs, I asked. I would imagine if I was kicking her butt, I may not have gotten any shade 😉
The next day we played in the morning at the Corpus Athletic center, got my butt whooped again playing a leftie. I have so much work to do. I hope my coach is up to it. Then we had a pool day. The pool had some shade, the beaches, while nice, have absolutely no shade. Padre Island is a barrier island and has even less on it than Galveston. It’s very similar to Port Aransas. It was pleasant walking on the beach at night. Mornings were nice sipping coffee on the patio.
I thought it would be awkward going for a weekend with ladies I didn’t know well. I’m thankful for the opportunity, the experience and it was a whole lot more fun than work. If I could ever find a way to get paid to play tennis, that would be good. For now, it’s back to the grind.