Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (Court Day #242)

I arrived at Derby Park at 9:07 a.m. Being that it’s Wednesday and not Sunday, Dave Allenbaugh was the site coordinator for the day, so I could afford to show up a few minutes after opening time if I felt like it.

My left pointer finger knuckle is still sore from getting hit dead on with a ball, but other than when I touch it, it feels fine. The big issue is the lingering tennis elbow.

Karl was talking to someone on the bench while I was playing, “Andrew is a lot more fun to play against when he’s playing left handed!”

I missed about half my serves today. I have the hardest time serving left-handed. Last time, it was tolerable, but today was not so great. The good news is that my tennis elbow is gradually improving, but I can see it taking another 3-4 months. Shaking hands with people is still painful. Just not as painful.

A new guy named Jerry came today. He’d never played before. I’d say he’s in the middle ground of starters. He can mostly hit the ball over the net, but isn’t great. Yet. There’s promise there. His biggest issue today was not getting up to the kitchen. He admitted it was his tennis background. Baseline.

In the last game of the day, playing against Karl, the new guy Jerry with Wayne as my partner, midway though, Karl said, “If you keep playing like that left-handed, we’ll have to make you play with your left foot!”

They may be impressed, but I’m feeling cumbersome and frustrated at times. I’m a good sport about it—it’s a game after all and I’m not in a tournament—I do find the humor in all of it, but still I want to play better. In the end, when I do eventually switch back to my right hand, it can’t hurt to have a better developed left hand to switch to as I’ve done here and there in the past.


I’ve been working on a pickleball project. I’m not quite ready to spill the beans, but hopefully soon.

Number of days on a court: 242
Number of total hours: 667

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