Time To Keep It Simple serves as a record of my life as a traveler, writer, genealogist, photographer, target sports enthusiast, Rotarian, Mason, Jew, PR professional, and many other (mostly positive) things. In addition to this daily blog I am also the man behind the curtain (not named Oz) at gettingyourphil.blogspot.com and I previously blogged at fromgoytooleh.blogspot.com.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Teaching Zen On The Tennis Court
most of us, no matter how much we enjoy our job we look forward to leaving our
work at the office and forgetting about all the ins and outs of our weekly
tasks as soon as we get home (or as soon as you walk into the next room for
those of you who work at home). Of course, there are some people who are lucky
enough to have found a job that really isn’t work. They are driven people who
enjoy every day and live their passion.
is the life of Carlos
Girola who developed his passion growing up in Argentina and now serves as
the Tennis Director at the Llanerch Country Club in Havertown,
Pennsylvania. Carlos doesn’t work; he lives his passion and gets paid for
it. At yesterday’s Rotary meeting we had the pleasure of hearing him speak with
such admiration, respect, and passion for how he makes a living that I couldn’t
help but be impressed with his lifelong pursuit of the sport and desire to
impart the love of the game in others.
enjoys every day on the court with his students. No matter what the age,
ability, background, or build he believes that everyone can experience the
almost transcendental state that all tennis players experience whether they are
professionals, amateurs, or novices. All it takes is some basic abilities and
techniques, all of which can be taught, in order for someone to experience the
Zen of a long rally.
is this perspective and appreciation of the sport and how it applies to
everyone, not just the enthusiasts, which differentiates Carlos from many other
teachers that I have come across in various sports. Not everyone has the
talent, drive, and unwillingness to lose that the greats of the game have (he
Federer, and Pete Sampras as prime examples of this) and you don’t need
them. All it takes is an interest and a basic understanding of the game in
order to develop a lifelong enthusiasm for the court.
many athletic endeavors, tennis is one that is adaptable to the time in
someone’s life. Whether age, injury, or simply a lack of time, these can all be
taken into account so that the sport remains ever present in life. Carlos is
able to break down the basics of the game and the needs of the player (contrary
to the wants that we all have) in order to maintain a level that will satisfy
the need to play and keep the enthusiasm for the sport in their heart.
like Carlos are the reason why the US Open is the highest drawing annual sporting event in the
country. As is the case with many sports there are many knowledgeable
professional with which you can speak and learn about the game. However, there
aren’t nearly as many great teachers who can impart that knowledge and
enthusiasm in others in a way that can be applied to the court. It is teachers
like Carlos Girola who are truly advancing the sport and serving as the
catalyst for the passion that tennis needs to thrive in this county.