I have been playing tennis for almost three years and from 9th grade, I joined the tennis team at school. In 9th grade, I was part of the Junior varsity team playing singles three and sometimes doubles one. In 10 grade I was doubles one for the Varsity team. In 9th grade, I was not able to participate in any big tournaments that were held at school as I wasn’t confident with my tennis skills to participate. However, in 10th grade, I was able to participate in the Kanto tennis tournament held at ASIJ. This tournament is where most of the international schools in the Kanto part of Japan get together and have a tournament. In this tournament, I was able to get to the quarterfinals of the consolidation. I did not get any award for this tournament. Through this tournament, I was able to learn how to keep my sports psychology strong with my partner. During the first few games of this tournament, I was not sure how to play my best everytime I lost a score. Therefore, I kept putting myself down and stressing myself out which made it even harder for me and my partner to keep playing the best we can. However, throughout the end of this tournament, I learned how to keep my emotions together when I lost a game. I learned to not mind the score but to learn from the mistake and to keep improving myself bit by bit after each point during the games. I also learned how to work as a team to play doubles as this was the first time I played doubles in tennis. Through playing doubles tennis I was able to make new friends and create a new bond with people that I would rarely talk to. I was also able to make friends from different schools. This allowed me to improve my social skills as I am not good at talking to people that I am not comfortable with or know well.
In the local tennis club, I take lessons once every week for about two hours for the past 3 years. We learn specific tennis techniques whereas in the school tennis team we learn how to be more positive when we lose a game or how to come up with a game plan when we are playing. In the local tennis club I learn techniques such as how to serve, volley, receive face balls and many more. With the regular physical training, I am able to keep my tennis skills updated even when the tennis season is over at school. Going to this local tennis lessons is now a part of my schedule and part of my weekly excitement. The regular tennis lessons are helping me to stay fit emotionally during the weeks as I am able to hang out with Japanese students and engage with people my age outside of school. Like mentioned before I am not good at talking to people that I do not know well. However, through my weekly tennis lessons, I was able to improve my social skills as I had to talk to the people in the class to collaborate to play the best of our ability. This helped me to become emotionally fit as before joining the local tennis club I did not have a place to hang out with people my age outside of a school environment. Also, the regular lessons helped me to reduce the amount of stress that I had. This was because while playing tennis I was able to talk to the people my age and relieve the stress as I tend to relieve my stress by talking to people who can relate to me. Even when I have a lot of studying to do I am still motivated to go to the tennis lessons as I know that the lessons can help me reduce the level of my stress which helps me to focus on my studying afterward.