I recently traveled to NOW Sapphire Riviera Cancun Resort from Plainview, N.Y., leaving behind the snow storms for 80 degree weather and sunshine. This was a great experience for me. There were many diverse people, from many different states and countries, all different levels of tennis play, tennis experience of different ages, all melding together. I gave two clinics per day at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Here are a few examples of the people I met during my tennis clinics:
► A young husband and wife from Manhattan. They were beginners who had never played tennis before. They loved trying a new sport.
►An attorney from Michigan was a former advanced tournament player and instructor. He loved showing me his skills.
►A lefty tennis player, formerly from Russia now living in Woodmere, N.Y. , was an intermediate player. Teaching a lefty in a class with all righties always makes it challenging.
►A farmer from Louisiana, who had not picked up a tennis racket in 30 years since a college tennis class, now cannot wait to get home and practice what he re-learned.
►A mother and son from Wisconsin proved interesting. The mom was a super enthusiastic league player who was very competitive and her third grade son joined the class. Teaching a third grader with adults is an interesting experience.
►A quiet man from Maine, who proved to be shy and introverted, thanked me every time I gave him encouragement or a technical tip.
►A hotel athletic staff member from Mexico loved trying something new. It was like teaching a sponge. I appreciated his effort.
►First-time tennis players from Minnesota who gave up some of their honeymoon time to play.
New York, Michigan, Russia, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Maine, Minnesota, Mexico and more all had something in common ... a desire to improve themselves through learning, having fun, and exercising.
I really enjoyed meeting and teaching new people. It was very rewarding and exciting.
How do I know I did a bang-up job? Many of my new students/friends who showed up for my 8:00 a.m. clinic had so much fun, they came back for more instruction at my 4:00 p.m. clinic.
I look forward to my next great experience thanks to the USPTA and Fit Bodies Inc. My passion for tennis continues. Tennis is truly the sport for a lifetime!
<p>Rob Glickman is a USPTA Pro 1 on Long Island with over 30 years of tennis experience. He was a former varsity tennis player for Michigan State University and is presently the director of junior tennis at Crestwood Camp in Melville, N.Y. He may be reached by phone at (516) 576-0920 or e-mail <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Re%3A%20Long%20Island%20Tennis%20Magazi...@aol.com</a>.</p>