Keith L. | Santa Cruz, CA | Male (29)
Skill Level: 4.5 Advanced Competitor
Best time to play: Thursdays and Fridays, any time
More info: Hi, I'm looking for tennis partners who would like… see more
More info: Hi, I'm looking for tennis partners who would like to start a routine of hitting once or twice a week, for an hour-ish. I live near the base of UCSC, and the on-campus courts are convenient to me, or anything near Bay & High. I am not interested in playing games or competitive tennis, I just want to hit and have a nice time. And work on improving stance and shots, get some good rallies. I grew up playing competitive tennis for 13 years, from age 5-18, and was a varsity player in high school—and I think I was mildly traumatized by it, and felt like I couldn't relate to the machismo and competitive aspects. Winning doesn't mean anything to me. When I was young I was told that it was "good" to win, but I just didn't have the psychological motivation or will. During matches, I feel guilt when others are losing (I feel empathy for them), and when I'm losing I feel bad because I've been socialized to feel that way. So competition is kind of a lose-lose for me. Anyway, I would like to practice more but not feel pressured to compete or feel bad for losing (or make others feel bad for losing). Thank you for understanding this mild trauma I have for competition, I realize it may sound strange. But if you want to hit in a non-competitive atmosphere, and work on shots and rallies, feel free to reach out.
Michael Fligner | Santa Cruz, CA | Male (65)
Skill Level: 3.0 Intermediate
Best time to play: anytime
More info: I was a solid intermediate player but haven't played… see more
More info: I was a solid intermediate player but haven't played much in the past 2 or 3 years. I am looking for some people to rally with to get back into my game, and hopefully get a regular doubles group set up.