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Player to Player: New Year's Resolutions

May 25, 2008 12:04 PM

Real Tennis Players - Like You! - Asking For, and Offering, Advice on the Sport They Love

Player to Player is USTA.com’s regular feature in which everyday tennis players are given a forum to ask advice on the sport they love – and their fellow players will dish out advice. We’ll post a number of the best responses we receive to our question of the week.

PLAYER TO PLAYER DOESN'T WORK WITHOUT YOUR QUESTIONS, so please send any queries you’d like answered, or responses to other players' questions, to Player@USTA.com.



This week's question from Pamela:

"I just started playing tennis a few months ago at the age of 33. I absolutely love it! Recently I was diagnosed with bulging lumbar discs. I had the back and leg pain before I started playing, so it is not the tennis that caused this problem. My tennis instructor is adamant that I do not play right now, but my neuro doctor said to go ahead. I don't know what to do. I love the game so much, and I don't want to stop, but I also don't want to hurt myself more. Any suggestions?"

Please share your thoughts with Pamela by e-mailing Player@USTA.com and include your name and hometown.

Got a question of your own? Send that along, too!


A new year means a fresh start. Take a peek at some of the resolutions other dedicated tennis players are setting out to achieve in 2008.


From Anne T.:

I’m going to get a lesson from a touring pro for my husband.

From Bruce, San Mateo, CA:

Play fewer matches with partners whose styles don't mesh well with my own (I hate up and back doubles!).

From Minne W., San Francisco, CA:

My goals for 2008 are:

1. Play at least one tournament per month
2. Practice five times a week
3. Improve my first serve and get a consistent kick serve
4. Improve my backhand slice and overhead
5. Have as much fun on the court as possible!

From Erin, New York:

I resolve to learn how to play tennis. I'm going to stop watching and just play!

From Vinh P., Lenexa, KS:

Talking about a wish list, there are a lot. But the only wish I always dream is that my parent has more overtime at work to earn more money to support my tennis. I love an expensive sport, and my parent works very, very hard to support me. Not like most of the other players' parents, my parent is just a worker, living by each paycheck. There are lots of things to buy for the family. As a 12-year-old kid living in a hard-working family, all I wish for is this and hope it will come true.

For my New Year’s resolution, I will try my best and work hard so that I can play nationals more often (also depends on my parent's jobs), play the next step up and earn more ranking points.

*Please note that any advice given out in this forum should in no way be confused with actual medical advice. Before starting any new exercise regimen or altering your existing one, we strongly urge you to consult with your regular physician.

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