Whether you’re just starting out in this wonderful sport or if you’re a touring pro, these are the moments we should all cherish as tennis players. In no particular order:
Hitting a target set up during serve practice
It could be a cone. It could be a pyramid of tennis balls. It could be your bag, but my personal favorite is just an empty tennis ball can. You know the feeling: you’re out there, hitting an entire basket of balls at one or two spots in the service box. Some shots come so close you want to just call it good, but then, finally, you hit a clean serve and *pop*, the can explodes into the air! Practice session complete.
The perfectly executed drop shot
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on the receiving end of this moment way too many times (thanks a lot Chris Edwards!). But every now and then, I get mine! It’s the best when it happens during a long rally: you’re both hustling, hitting your shots and out of nowhere, you hit the dropper. You know it when you hit it just right too. Feathered perfectly off your strings. It has a nice parabolic trajectory to it. Barely over the net, bouncing 3-4 times before it even crosses the service line. Perfection.
Getting to a drop shot
It’s the ultimate hustle play. You’re out of position and your opponent goes for the drop shot (like a jerk) and as they stand there with a smug look on their face thinking they won the point, you race toward the ball and just before it bounces for a second time, you get your racquet on it. It’s the best when you win the point, but even if you don’t, you forced them to play just one more shot.
Opening up a can of new balls
Psssssh! Is there a sweeter sound in our sport?
Hitting an ace
If you’re Ivo Karlovic or John Isner this doesn’t apply to you since you hit more aces in one match than I do in 10 years. But if you’re not those two, then you know what I’m talking about. It’s the shortest, fastest way to earn a point.
Putting on a brand new pair of socks
This just might be one of the most satisfying things for anyone in life, ever. But tennis players really put their feet through the ringer so any day we can get a fresh pair of socks onto our feet is a great day.
Watching the ball float out on match point
Yea, it kind of feels like this.
Breaking a string
This is a double edged sword. If it’s a brand new string job and you just happen to hit the ball wrong and that is what breaks the string, then that totally sucks. But if it’s a string that’s worn thin and is on the brink of breaking, then it is a totally awesome and gratifying feeling.
Reporting the score to the tournament director after an upset win
You weren’t supposed to win a set, let alone the match. Heck, people were surprised you even showed up at all. But somehow, someway, you did the unthinkable. You pulled off the upset! You’ve shaken hands and now you proudly bring your score to the TD.
Getting your latest package from TW
When the UPS or FedEx truck pulls up, you’re like a kid on Christmas morning all over again. It’s ok, it happens to all of us.
Bonus: ‘Tweener winner
If you can hit a ‘tweener, more power to you. But to be able to not only execute it during a match, but to hit a winner off of it, well, that’s what we call, “pulling a Federer.”
Do you agree with this list? Is there any I missed some? Add your most satisfying moments in the comments below!