I am the father of two junior tennis players. My son is now studying for GCCE’s and the bass guitar has replace the tennis racquet in his affections but he still enjoys squads and hitting with younger players. My daughter is now playing at U14 level and I’m trying to use my learning from my son’s experiences to keep her in the game.
Being a tennis dad can be a fantastic pastime, as my son and I travelled around different parts of the country whilst he played in competitions and we met some really interesting people. I am now having similar journeys with my daughter. However it can also put a considerable strain on a father and child as we are both placed in this completely new and pressurised world. I never played tennis as a child so I do not have a set of a reference points to work from but I want to give my own children the best opportunities possible.
I want to use this blog to try and explore some of the issues and challenges that we’ve faced which will hopefully be useful for other tennis parents or sports parents in general. I will also mention some of the books that I have read and the learning that I have gained from them.
I have written seven books on education and education leadership and I have currently drawing on those skills in writing a guide for tennis parents, ‘Trophies, tears and line calls’. I am eager to hear of your experiences too.
I am a tennis parent, educationalist and author. If you’ve found this blog interesting, then please buy a copy of my guide for tennis parents, ‘Trophies, tears and line calls’ which is available from Amazon. Equally please follow me on on twitter @tennisdaduk.