#136- Special Episode- Perspective from the 2023 US Open
Winning. Losing. They are both natural parts of our sport.
Perspective is something you can control. Gain it, and you will feel better, play better, and enjoy a healthier relationship with Pickleball.
This is my eighth year at the US Open and it’s a lot of fun every year.
I’ll share with you what happened during the men’s pro division where I played. On Wednesday, I played in the men’s senior pro division. We played our first match and the opponent sided us out. We’re playing John and Jeff, two very good players. We got sided out at 10, eight.
Then second game, I don’t think was a very good game by us. The third game, we played a little bit better, but still were unsuccessful in that game, so we lost the match in three games.
Now, I will tell you, in tournament play, a three game loss is a battle.
In this episode I talk to you about some of the trials and tribulations that we all face as pickleball players. Specifically, I’ll address it in the context of tournament play about the ups and downs of pickleball play in a tournament.
00:00- Touring The Trails and Tribulations of Pickleball
04:34- Honoring Your Opponents: The Beauty of Playing at Level
09:29- Compete, Learn and Honor: Gaining Perspective in Pickleball
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Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.
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