How do you win over a tennis lover?

Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2010 12:01 am
I met a girl at university who's really into tennis. I'm trying to think of some date ideas or things we could do that involves tennis. All I've come up with is play a little tennis together and get a Jamba Juice afterward, or see if I could somehow rent some famous tennis match and watch it on a rainy day? I'm not very familiar with them, but is there something I can do with tennis terms if I were to make some sort of birthday present? One day I'll marry her and take her to Wimbledon but until then... little cute ideas suffice.

As an aside, I've never seriously played tennis. So this summer I'm thinking of taking a few lessons before school starts and I see her again in the fall.
Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2010 12:03 am
ask her to give you the lessons
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Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2010 12:42 am
Does your university had mixed couples teams?
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Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2010 06:41 am
My wife and I were in a similar boat in college. I was a tennis hacker who loved to play (not quite where you are) and she was an accomplished tennis player (star of her high school team from 8th grade on.) First some warnings: You don't want to get hyper competitive with someone you're dating. You're out there for fun and you're likely outclassed anyway, so no cursing, throwing rackets, trash talking. I've seen couples play together where I cringe with discomfort watching them on the court, even when they are on the same team. Not everyone can suppress their competitive fires enough to spare their partner when something goes wrong and partnerships where there is a significant skill mismatch produces lots of tension.

That said, definitely learn to play. Go out, have a good time, try your hardest and understand that she will thump you good. She should be in a good mood to go out afterward and you will be the butt of good natured stories. Play some mixed, but get an understanding ahead of time. Some people play mixed for the social aspect and some play to win. You need to know what you're doing. Mixed is a place where a guy can get a bad reputation quickly. Two things to watch for to see if you can keep it up: If the stories aren't good natured, that's a really bad sign. If you manage to win a set and she gets angry, that's another bad sign.
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Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2010 08:43 pm
You should get the Battle of the Sexes video from the early 70's where Billie Jean King whips Bobby Riggs arrogant ass. She will love you.
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Reply Sat 24 Apr, 2010 09:01 pm
I don't know, have to think about it re your circumstances.

I was not bad in my beginning tennis lessons at the university, but still with no idea of spin or anything like that, just trying to hit the ball, and, some time later, was asked out by a music/physics major.. who happened to play tennis at a fairly high college level. I'd never played doubles before, was a complete flub up. The date went well..

It didn't really matter, we were sort of even on smarts and stupidities.

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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 12:18 am
In tennis some terms used regularly are:
ready position
grand slam
Reply Fri 30 Apr, 2010 01:21 am
Try your best ,the result is not so that important .
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Reply Fri 30 Apr, 2010 03:22 am
Cave man style - hit her over the head with a tennis racket and drag her off to the locker room. She'll thank you for it. Very Happy
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Reply Fri 30 Apr, 2010 05:53 am
Why do you feel that you have to whoo this gal over with tennis?
That's "her thing" - let it be.
Instead, find something cool to do together. Find another common ground.
My husband had his golf; I was out on the boat. At the end of the day we had lots to talk about and each felt there was something to bring to the other person.

PS don't wait until next Fall to approach this gal! Do it now.
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