Time again to look at how prepared your son or daughter is for the adventures of college tennis.
First a quick review of the first couple of items on our preparation check list:
Item #3 is one that we will all struggle with and if someone has the magical answer please let me know, because I failed on this one.
Item #3: Can your child get up at 5:30 in the morning for 6:00 workouts!
I received a text from my son today stating that he would not be home for Christmas do to the fact that he will be dead. Apparently he feels that the 6:00 am workouts four times a week are killing him. I had to chuckle when I read the text but then thought to myself “did I ever consider preparing him for such a schedule?” Obviously I did not. I always found it hard enough to get him up to go to school in the morning so the thought of waking him any earlier to workout was not within my scope of reality.
If your junior tennis player is serious about playing college tennis and in particular on a D1 tennis team, he/she may want to take into consideration the schedule that will need to be followed. If I had to do it over again I probably would have encourage my son to develop a workout program that incorporated some early morning workouts during the school year. How I would have managed this is beyond me and I am glad that I don’t have to face this battle. Getting him up early to actually play tennis is a far easier battle because he always loves to be on the tennis court, but to be in the gym running sprints and doing abdominal workouts for ninety minutes straight is, as he so eloquently put it, “hell.”
So good luck parents and let me know how you make out in preparing your junior tennis player for the 6:00 am workouts! All can do know is laugh and remind him of what a great body he will have for the beach this summer!