Baby Steps-like Tennis Club
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Posted 6/27/14
I've watched a few sports anime in my day, and they all have this distinct lack of realism that comes with participating, which is understandable; cost.

It's easy to see why its glazed over. It's sad how expensive life is, it needlessly bogs the story down or complicates it in a boring way.

Whenever money is brought up, its always spun in a positive fashion, a la talking about the lofty goal of going pro, giving adolescent main characters' parents or guardians something that would provide them, and the viewer/reader, a sense of practicality, pressure on characters for the need to win, etc.

I'm just wondering; is there anywhere in America where you don't have to pay $300+ per year membership, $30-100 for an hour or two of court time, has more than a few courts to play on but actually has facilities to train and practice that are accessible, and actually does have coaches and players of all skill and experience levels training around?

It's so unrealistic, but so damn tantalizing. I would jump into tennis in a heartbeat if I thought that, at 25 and no experience except messing around for free with my best friend in middle-high school after hours, I could really reach a place where I could learn to play and get myself to a point where I could say I am "a tennis player."

I've never been super skilled at athletic activities, but those that I did do, I got good through dedicated, regimented practice and hard work, much like the MC in this series. (sans the magical supervision)}

Just wanted to start a conversation about it somewhere!
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Posted 6/27/14 , edited 6/27/14
There are many great tennis clubs/ academies in the United States but unless you are a top player they are very expensive. If you lived in a smaller country you could play at the federation for free. If I was you I would just play on public courts. If you live in a state like California or Florida it will be easy for you to find many good players on public courts.
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Posted 6/27/14
If only I did live in places like that.

Unfortunately, I'm stuck in conservative industry town, AKA the tri-state area of the midwest. NE Indiana, specifically. Its pretty rural, and can get even more so 5 miles in any direction except south.
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Posted 6/27/14 , edited 6/27/14
I used to take lessons in tennis when I was younger. My mom said it cost like $250 a month. But it was fun and all but I did not have the endurance that I have now.
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