These pictures were taken from behind the nets.... really far away with our video camera.
On most Sundays, Brady has a tennis match from 6-7pm. He is matched up with different players each week depending on who signs up. Earlier this week I got a call from the coach wanting to know if Brady would be interested in playing at 5pm also. There was an extra player who didn't have a partner and the courts were full at 6pm. I went ahead and said yes (Brady was at school) and sure enough, when I asked him if he would want to play two matches this week...he didn't hesitate. Just as I suspected...he felt like he hit the jackpot!
I'm not sure how old this boy is. He looked about 8th or 9th grade. Who knows. He hit the ball hard. Brady lost 11 games to 6. Most of the games were really close...and if Brady had played his best, he would have won a few more games. Brady was happy though after the match...he said he thinks the boy was in 10th grade. I'm not so sure about that!
As I've said before, Brady loses most of his matches on Sunday nights. And he is okay with that. If he was upset or mad or frustrated about losing...we would need to rethink letting him play in these matches. I think the youngest person he has played against was 3 years older than him. Most 7 and 8 year olds (in our area) cannot serve consistenly...therefore they cannot play in matches at this tennis club. I think knowing these kids are older makes it a little easier to deal with losing.
Brady's second match tonight was against Devon. This was his 3rd time playing him. He played him in the fall and lost 12 games to 6. In early January he lost again 12-7. Tonight Brady beat Devon 11-3. We were so excited for him. Even though Brady is very confident as far as tennis goes...I worry that this confidence can only last so long! Afterwards, when Brady came off the court and through the doors, I went to give him a high five. He whispered, "not until we get into the van, Mom." I love that he doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings by celebrating his win. I sure wish he had the same kind of maturity off the court (meaning at home) as he does on! (We'll continue to work on that!)
I hope I don't sound too boastful when I talk about my son...I really don't want to come across that way. I want Brady to someday read my blog and know that his attitude, his sportsmanship and the way he treats others, will always be more important to me than how many tennis matches he wins.
Oh, and let me not forget this.....during Brady's 2nd match tonight, he looked up into the stands where we were sitting and blew me a kiss. Man do I love that boy!