As a de facto coach and tennis parent I always see crazy tennis parents behave in strange matters when their kids play. Yelling, calling balls out, trying to coach, not talking to others etc.
Last Sunday, I sat next to tennis parents who made me imagine, what if the kid could speak back to them in a way that he could make his or her points? What would the kid say? So, this is what I imagined…
Mom and Dad, I want to tell you 10 things for you to consider:
- Do you realize that tennis is one of the most unfair sports that there is? I mean we come to a tournament and there is only one winner out of 32 people. My chance of winning is 1 in 32. Do the math, please.
- In tennis the higher up I go, the more the entire outcome of the match is decided in a
few points. Do you realize how nerve racking this is? Yeah I’m nervous.
- The pressure to win does not come from you if you want me to win. It comes from my
desire to be a champion from within. And none of your yelling or anyone’s can bring that
out. What if I don’t have it?
- It is my desire to have fun, but you guys add pressure to win and remove the fun. What
is up with that? It’s the weekend!
- I am a kid, not a little person, I will make hundreds of silly mistakes. Why do I have
to hear about them from you after I did what I am supposed to, make mistakes. The
score tells me I made them. I am aware, seriously.
- Have you even been subject to this much pressure, how would you react? because
your questions and body language tells me you have not. Otherwise you would back off.
- After I win and lose, can we just not talk about it, I just wanted to play.
- Please understand the score in tennis. It is the only sport in which you can be winning
the majority of the points in a game and still lose it. Get it?
- I will double fault, because we simply don’t practice it enough.
- I love you, but please this is just a game. Not a reflection of your income, your frustrated dreams, your poor knowledge of the sport or anything else. It is a way to have fun. Can you look that up please. Thank you.
From now on here are the rules: if I win I pick where we eat. If I lose you do. That is all I want, and spend the weekend with you.