*when you hear it's suppose to rain you think "yes, i wont have practice today"
*when you hear A-Rod you dont think of Alex Rodrigez you think of Andy Roddick
*you find random tennis balls in your car, room, and even your purse
*you have bruises all year around on your shins from swinging through too much on your serve
*you go through a new pair of shoes every month
*you look forward to winter from a break of 130 degrees on court and then look forward to summer from a break of 12 degree windchill
*half of your life you are in shorts and a t-shirt or sweatpants
*your heart sinks when you hear "alright, line up for suicides" or "alright, line up for lines."
*you have to schedule dates or outings with friends around tournament schedules and practice schedules
*you look forward to offseason... you know... the 3 weeks in December/ January
*if you live in Texas you are well traveled... you've played in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Abilene, middle of nowhere, Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, and so on...
*your wardrobe consists of Nike, Adidas, and Diadora
*when football players or other athletes complain about practicing in the summer heat, you just sit back and laugh because you know you can last in a 3 hour 3 set match on a 130 degree court
*the week of a tournament your diet consists of Gatorade, water, Gatorade, bananas, pastas, bananas, pastas, water, water, carbs...
*friends stopped calling you and told you to call when you're "FREE" because every weekend they call you and you are somewhere but in town
*you're use to carrying around 20 pounds on your back... its called your tennis bag
*when summer comes everyone has a great tan... and yours is the best... you also win the most interesting TAN LINES competition
*you own 248693 hats
*being sore is something you know and know well
*you know the meaning of the word TREE... and its not a thing you find in the woods
*back to the tan line issue, you have a sock tan, shorts tan, tee shirt tan, tank top tan, ring tan, watch tan, and a hat line tan... you definitely win the most interesting tan lines competition
*people know you around school as the one who plays tennis
*a vacation for you is a 2 day break off of practice
*practice for you consists of working out before school, school tennis, working out after school along with the rest of your other serious team mates
*you have people come up to you in school saying "oh I could so own you in tennis" and when you finally challenge them... you dont even have to hit more than 1 ball
*you have to leave parties early because you either have a tournament early the next morning or things are getting out of control and you dont want to risk getting in trouble
*you are use to getting up at 5 in the morning and
warming up before the sun gets up
*hotels... you know hotels like it was your home
*you have a bag packed and ready to go for tournaments 24-7
*you have missed at least one day of school for a USTA tournament
*you have friends all over your city, state, and all over the country because of playing tournaments
*when you go to a resort or hotel the first thing you wonder is "i wonder if they have courts here"
*you know who Bjorn Borg or Tracey Austin is
*(girls) your hair is in a pony tail 20 hours out of a 24 hour day
*you know what the Australian, French, and US Open and Wimbledon are, where they are played, and what surface they are on
*you know what someone is talking about when they say "i need a new head guard and grommets, and at 60 pounds"
*you know all the new racquets and shoes that are out
*you consider a mile run nothing even though most people think tennis players dont run distance
*plyos, sprints, and weight room are just norms for you
*you know what a P, W, D, and a circle with two lines through it stands for
*you can pick another tennis player out of a crowd just by the way they dress, act, and what they are carrying
*you have been mistaked for a pro walking through the airport with your gigantic bag
*you have broken a racquet by losing your grip on your serve and it smashing into the court
*you know the best resorts and country clubs in your area and in the country... by the tennis facilities
*you have gotten a tan by laying out on a court after a practice before in the summer
*you have pulled a muscle, rolled an ankle, and been overheated
*although gross, you know you will never get rid of those caluses on each of your knuckles, especially the one on your thumb and also the annoying ones on your feet
*you know you will never have soft skin again... it will be dry forever!
*you hate playing leftys if youre right handed and you dont know why
*you love being left handed because the rightys cant figure out how to play you and you DO know why
*you also hate playing tall people because all they have to do is hit down on their serve
*when you walk up at a tournament you look around trying to figure out who your opponent is and then judge them by what they are wearing, what bag they have, what racquet they use, and how they are carrying themselves
* you have too many free t-shirt to count from all the tournaments you play
* you hate it when the ball just "cliips" the line.. and you dont know it its in or out.. then you cant call it out because you arent 100 percent sure. gah
* when you get pisssed when your opponent hits EVERY ball on the line
* you get hit in the eye and your coach still tells you to keep playing
*You know your a tennis player when adjusting ur strings is like brushing ur teeth...you do it a LOT
*You have lost count at all the times uve said "are u kidding me" when the ur opponent calls it out when it hits the line
* even if you make a real good shot, your coach is still pissed about something
*if you get all these and are nodding your head at all of them
* at family gatherings the first/only thing you get asked is "how's tennis?"
*you yell "C'mon" every time you ever succeed in the smallest task.
* most everything you own is covered with yellow fuzz!!
* you have blisters on top of blisters that wont go away
* losing has made you or your dad mad enough to be pissed off at everything else in life
* you wake up at 3 am to watch a match on tv thats going on live somewhere on the other side of the world
*your non tennis friends have banned you from talking about tennis
* you know that diffrence between sharapova's and serena's grunts
*grunts and c'mons are now part of your everyday vocabulary
* your opponent takes a ten minute break because you are beating them so badly
* (girls) you get pumped by slapping your thigh
* you love the sound and smell of opening a fresh can of balls