I have been learning tennis since I was in 1st grade. I practice tennis and go to tennis lessons on a regular basis. Like once every week. As the 2014-2015 school year had started I was always looking forward for the tennis season which is always during our spring season. After a week school had started, there was an announcement made for the starting of the tennis season. I was really prepared and excited about the tryouts. On a fine Wednesdays, a relaxing day after school was our first tryout for the tennis team. The tennis team is always split into two teams. And they are Varsity (V) and Junior Varsity (JV), each consisted of 8 players. This year we had 12 people who had tried out. This was bad as this increased the number of people who were going to get cut from the team. As there wasn’t enough players to fulfill two full teams, at the same time there was too many players for the Varsity team as we only needed 8.
As we went to the tryout we all were very nervous. For the first 15 minutes, at the tryouts I was very nervous. I kind of hesitated to freely play. But after that, I kind of moved into the game, and started playing better. During the tryouts we did various drills such as volley drills, smash drills, servus drills and many many more. After the tryouts, the results were announced. The whole place was in pin drop silence with Mr.S taking the team list. Then he started naming the Varsity players. I was eagerly waited for my name to be called out. As soon as he called my name out, I was full with joy. I was also full with joy that the people who didn’t make it to the Varsity team, stayed in the Junior Varsity team which was decided to consist of 4 players instead of 8. After the tryouts and the announcement of the team rosters, I felt really grateful in getting this opportunity and was looking forward to my first game against St.Marys.
On the Saturday, was our first game, We travelled by train to the St.Marys campus. I was put to play Singles 3. It was my first actual tennis match that I have ever played throughout my lifetime and in my tennis career. I was playing against a senior. I won the toss and decided to serve. I really hesitated. It was my first serve in an actual game. The game was really intense. I tried my best but my hesitation kept on pulling me down, as for almost every single game I had went to deuce and then lost after that. The final score was 6-0 6-1. I was really disappointed but was pleased with my effort at the same time. After my match Mr.S gave me some advice on how I could improve my performance in my game. He advised me many things, but the main thing that he told me was to improve my servus. As I went to my next practice session at school, I took the meaning of servus more seriously and practiced my servus a lot. During this time and my next match which was against ASIJ, due to some new entries of some new players I was put as Doubles 2 with my partner being Erik, who is a senior. We practiced very hard together before our next match. During our match against ASIJ I think personally I improved because my ground strokes were good and my serves mostly went in than before. I think the only thing that made us lose the game was due to lack of communication which I think I need to improve on before our next match against CAJ.
On our next match against CAJ, I was put as doubles 1 with my new partner Wessle. It was a great experience in being his partner and in interacting with him when we were both playing. On our first match together and the last match before AISA against CAJ, we did a great job in coming back and lost 6-1 6-3. It was a very good improvement as we communicated really well. I felt that we could have won this game but the only thing that dragged us back was we didn’t watch out for the corners and the sides. And the opposite team kept on hitting it at the corner of the court which was always unexpected. I think for our AISA tournament we should improve our communication skills and also need to be more conscious about the sides, in case they hit it there.
This tennis AISA tournament was my personal first tournament in my life. It was a great experience. This tournament this year was hosted in Osaka International school. We went to Osaka by the Nozomi 8. The tournament lasted for 3 days. Me and my partner did a very good job in the tournament but due to some unforced errors we lost in the quarterfinals and were put into 6th place out of 8 teams. I think we didn’t really do a good job in our communication but at the same time, as said before we weren’t conscious about the corners of the court which really pulled us down. But other than that we had a great season. We all came back from the tournament with a lesson. I would like to thank Mr.S and Mr.Z for their coaching which made me really improve by a lot throughout this season. I think before my next season I should improve on my footwork and my servus. I am planning to take extra tennis coaching for our next year’s season and I hope that I will come back with a bang !!!!
Me serving in the quarterfinals
Me going to hit a volley
Me and my partner with my coach