Kevin has been playing tennis for over 15 years and coaching for over 4 years' with experience coaching mini tennis, juniors and adults. We ask him a few questions about tennis, his personal connection to the sport and his coaching career
Tennis is so many things; fun, social, great exercise, frustrating, rewarding, compelling, etc! Our great game has personally given me a sense of direction and purpose in the local community in recent years, and I consider it a privilege to be able to call myself a tennis professional!
First and foremost, the outdoor/active element to it is an absolute blessing; I cherish the freedom of physical movement that coaching tennis gives me! I've met people from all walks of life in my role and heard some great stories as a result also, all of which has hopefully improved me as a human being.
To me coaching is a bit like a strange dream - I never could have imagined I could make a living from hitting tennis balls around 5 years ago when I was entering my 20th straight month of unemployment. In some ways, getting into tennis coaching in late 2012 rescued me!
On a simple level tennis brings people together.
On a simple level tennis brings people together. Beyond that, tennis teaches people about decision making, physical intellect, coordination, crisis management, and many other concepts which overlap not just between sports, but between sport and everyday life as well.
Spend 2 minutes on court with me and you will understand unequivocally that tennis is one of the greatest human inventions ever, never mind just one of the best sports going! I can't hide the enjoyment or sense of privilege I feel on court, it literally spills out of my pores along with the sweat!