Friday, May 31, 2019 (Court Day #274)
Day 35 playing left-handed. (35th day out.) Tennis elbow.
I went to physical therapy this morning for an 8:30 appointment. Being that I was there early, Ruby saw me at 8:20. She gave me a new exercise: stand in a doorway, face the door frame, elbow down against my ribcage, forearm out with palm up and hand rotated out, rest the pinky side of my hand against the door frame then turn my body away from my hand to stretch out the shoulder. She’s been testing my grip strength with a device each visit and my right arm is improving.
By 8:45, she was done working on my right arm and shoulder and I was off to Brommer Park. I pulled into the lot a few minutes before the 9 a.m. start time. I’d packed some nose tissue. I’m still clearing my throat and blowing my nose from this cold that’s dragging on, but at least I don’t have the sore throat anymore and I don’t have the sinus pressure, only drainage.
First game of the day. Eric S. and Dan take on John P. and Barb.
It got busy quickly and Dan Bliss announced that games were now going to 9 instead of 11. Leslie counted and we had over 50 people before even 10 a.m. rolled around.
My title for this blog post is a bit dramatic! But Binh and I were both not playing well. If we play like this at the tournament, even in 3.0, it’s going to be a miserable day on Sunday.
Binh and I played a game against Leslie and Dean. We were in for it. Dean was taking it easy on us, but even then, we lost 9-0. We were popping up shots, hitting balls into the net . . . it was bad. Subpar for us. Binh said part of the problem for him was he was trying extra hard and messing up as a result. Maybe that applied to a certain extent with me as well, but playing lefty becomes more and more obvious the stronger your opponents who can take advantage of any little opportunity to attack!
We did get better later, but it was still not a good performance.
A nice surprise today was a visit by Jerry Louis. Jerry had moved to Arizona but was back until Tuesday, he said. I would have loved to show him my improvement, but with my not using my right arm, that’s kind of hard!
I’ve opted to stay with the Prince Response paddle. I think I may return to the Tempest Wave and see if that helps with my play. And see if that makes any different with my wrist. I’ve played a ton in the last week, so it’s been a stress test of sorts.
My last game ended at 12:03, then it was home, then to work.
Number of days on a court: 274
Number of total hours: 754.5
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