Being a freshman I really didn’t know if I would like having an off season. I love tennis and everything that comes with playing the sport at a very high level. I played tennis three hours a day, seven days a week until college so this is a change for me. The off season has allowed me to focus solely on academics, which I have enjoyed very much. I no longer have to rush to do my homework at 11 pm during the week after away matches. I can sit down and review material while drinking hot chocolate. That my friends is very relaxing and it enhances your studying experience.
I have also been able to have more of a social life. I mean what’s better than going to Shooters (restaurant in Downtown Madison) at 5 pm on a Thursday night with some friends? Enjoying some boneless wings the night before two exams just prepares me to do well on the exams. I’ve been able to actually enjoy Madison and the many things it has to offer. I rented a boat with some friends and we just chilled on the Ohio River for eight hours on a Sunday. Who needs Lake Wawasee when the Ohio River is in our back yard?
Of course I’m required to be on a weight training regiment for tennis, but I enjoy lifting weights. Cardio and weight training before doing homework just does wonders. I just laugh at myself every time I go into the weight room because 9 times out of 10 I’m the least muscular guy in the room. I am proud to say that I do max out on bench at 245 Ibs and 335 Ibs on squat. You need muscular endurance for tennis rather than muscular strength.