So you like to play tennis.
You think it’s “fun” to hit from time to time; sometimes you even surprise yourself by hitting kind-of-not-terribly. You think you could be halfway decent if you set your mind to it. But who has the time?
If any of this sounds familiar, then chances are you’re a tennis person—not to be confused with a Tennis Person. With the U.S. Open starting and public courts opening up again, it’s essential to know the difference.
Ask yourself the following, and please. Be honest:
1) Do I say, “Sorry!” every time I hit the ball into the net?
2) Do I say, “Sorry!” every time I hit the ball out of bounds?
3) Do I say, “Sorry!” every time I hit the ball over the fence?
4) If I’m playing doubles, would I rather miss a mid-court ball than shout, “Mine!” at my partner?
5) If I do shout, “Mine!” at my doubles partner, do I feel like a dick?
6) Do I feel guilty after calling an opponent’s shot “Out”?
7) Do I wonder if maybe I was wrong?
8) Do I make up for it as soon as possible by calling the next shot “In” when it was actually out?
9) If I’m winning, do I feel like a show-off for announcing the score?
10) Do I say, “Thanks!” if my opponent compliments one of my shots?
11) Do I feel compelled to compliment my opponent’s good shots, whether I’m winning or losing?
12) Do I ever smile or laugh on the tennis court?
13) Am I embarrassed by my serve?
14) Do I think playing tennis is a great way to make new friends?
If you answered Yes to any one of these questions, then you are officially a tennis person. If you think anyone who would answer Yes to any one of these questions is a pathetic loser, then you, my friend, are a Tennis Person. ❑
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