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not the teaching that i'm used to .. [Jul. 13th, 2009|05:21 pm]
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some time ago i promised a friend/colleague that i'd play tennis with him this week. more precisely, he doesn't know how to play tennis at all, which means that i actually promised him that i would teach him how to play tennis.

this makes me uneasy, when i think about how we learned how to play tennis: long rallies instead of a game format.

i think the first proper (singles) match i played was when i was 13, in junior high school. i think i double-faulted a game away. to be honest, i don't remember when i learned how to do the basic overhead serve. even now i'd have trouble with it.

so i suspect that i mightn't be teaching him the tennis that he is expecting.


then again, this is not the first time i've taught someone a little tennis. from experience, it's not so bad if the student is a mathematician.

it could also be worse: i could be teaching someone how to play basketball.
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[User Picture]From: della_quinn
2009-07-15 03:16 am (UTC)

hmmm

if he doesn't know how to play tennis, then it means that he has to learn to get the ball over the net. that is definitely one of the fundamental things one should learn, if one is to enjoy tennis.

what i mean to say is: you might not even get to the part where you teach him how to serve!
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[User Picture]From: grey_ghost
2009-07-16 02:13 am (UTC)
actually, we did get to that. whether or not that was a wise idea -- that remains to be seen.

well, at least he knows the basics. it's now a matter of practice.
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