Mindfulness in the game of tennis

Play tennis. You are never too old

Ulrika Bolinder outside Hayes, Mansion, California

Ulrika Bolinder outside Hayes, Mansion, California

For many years I watched my husband take the car Sunday evening for his weekly match in tennis at his local tennis club. No matter if he won or lost he arrived home with a smile on his face. Refreshed. In spirit and in mind.

When our oldest son grew up I followed his tennis career on the court from the sidelines. He played from the age of six and up, all around in Sweden and for a few years at college in the USA.

I didn´t play tennis as a child but I´ve watched the game on TV, on the family sideline, and on the ATP tournament live in Båstad every summer. As a passive part of a family with all members loving the sport.
We even have our own  old tennis court 10 meters from the kitchen window at our summerhouse in Båstad.

Ready for play at my court in Båstad, Sweden

Ready for play at my court in Båstad, Sweden

I always believed that tennis would be a sport for me but never took the time to practice. Until a few years ago. Suddenly the children are grown up and there is more time for me. For us.  The time came when the Project ”Upbringing children” had come to an end. Bird Nest Syndrome.

When that time comes in life I think you need to adjust your relationship and your life. I began to play tennis. For me and for us. Something we can do together. And we do! I got a tennis coach on a weekly base and then I play with my husband between two to four times a week. And more during summer. I love it! You can call me in the middle of the night and ask. Yes! It’s tough, difficult and so fun. The sheer joy of life. We take the rackets when we travel. We’ve played in the Maldives, high on the steep of Positano, in Harlem, NY and more. first time I met my tennis coach he asked what goals I have. To beat my husband in five years I said. Not there yet. But getting closer…

So I started a few years ago...

The view from the Court in Hotel Positano was amazing !

The view from the Court in Hotel Positano was amazing!

Around 50 years old. With a clear mission. I would beat my husband in five years.

The rules were simple. I would have a good trainer on my own. Teaching me the technics. And when I played with my husband We would never talk about technics. We would just play.

So I started my active Journey. And it was a refreshment I needed. The explosive game when everything has to come together in a fraction of a second to adjust the position, stans, swing, swing speed, bending, balance, forward-leaning, follow through and tactics by think of where to place the ball toon me by storm.

You can't think of anything else when playing. It’s completely mind blowing.Its the focus of tennis that is the hidden secret of tennis. No matter occupied in during the Day with life, work. Love, children, fashion and elegance: When you play tennis your soul are in the focus of and elegance.

Because the more elegance you have ib the swing the better you play. As in golf:” if the swing looks good; it most likely is good”.

Play tennis. You are never too old. It just opens up magic moments.

Stretching at Court in Canareef Hotel, Maldives

Stretching at Court in Canareef Hotel, Maldives

Our court in Brevik, Lidingö in the morning is wonderful

Our court in Brevik, Lidingö in the morning is wonderful

And do it because of health reason too. A Danish study showed that tennis is a sport that prolongs life with 10 years. The sport that was Nr 1 in this field. Health reasons and also the social aspect plays a vital part in this study. Elegance is to live a long life.  

Love- 40.