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I have written a couple of posts on here about worries related to playing tennis post-transition. It has been about 15 months since I last played tennis.

So today, I decided to head down to Washington, DC to play as part of the LGBT Tennis club down there. As with most LGBT tennis clubs, it's mostly gay guys, which is fine. I got matched up to play doubles with three middle-aged guys, and we all were at a similar skill level. And they were all very chill about me being trans. So very fun tennis indeed - lots of great points.

The one thing I noticed, however, is how much arm strength I had lost - wow! Swinging that racquet the first time, my racquet felt so heavy, especially when I was trying to serve. I never remember the racquet feeling so heavy, even after prior extended tennis breaks. I don't know if it's the hormones or aging or the lack of arm exercise (or a little of all those things), but I have to do some work toning up those arms. My triceps in particular really need some work. So I'll focus on that starting this week.

But otherwise, really great day and an important day for me. Thought I would share.  :)

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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2020, 06:29:04 pm »
I have written a couple of posts on here about worries related to playing tennis post-transition. It has been about 15 months since I last played tennis.

So today, I decided to head down to Washington, DC to play as part of the LGBT Tennis club down there. As with most LGBT tennis clubs, it's mostly gay guys, which is fine. I got matched up to play doubles with three middle-aged guys, and we all were at a similar skill level. And they were all very chill about me being trans. So very fun tennis indeed - lots of great points.

The one thing I noticed, however, is how much arm strength I had lost - wow! Swinging that racquet the first time, my racquet felt so heavy, especially when I was trying to serve. I never remember the racquet feeling so heavy, even after prior extended tennis breaks. I don't know if it's the hormones or aging or the lack of arm exercise (or a little of all those things), but I have to do some work toning up those arms. My triceps in particular really need some work. So I'll focus on that starting this week.

But otherwise, really great day and an important day for me. Thought I would share.  :)

Sarah


Sarah,

That sounds good for having a nice day on the courts!  Yay!

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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2020, 06:30:47 pm »
@sarahc
Dear Sarah:
Thank you for sharing regarding getting back to your tennis activities.
It sounds like that you had a wonderful and accepting time playing tennis
at the LGBT Tennis club in Washington, DC...

While I have not played much tennis, I can attest to my own muscle loss as a result of my transition journey and the effects of HRT and my planned weight loss at the start of my journey over 5+ years ago...., arms, legs, back, etc.  I never ever was a strong and muscle bound person but I am not near as strong as I was when I was going to college before I decided to transition. 

I try to continue to stay toned and in shape by doing a lot of walking, participating in charity runs and marathons, and my weekly trips to the gym with my  gym-gals group. 

All of that was just about completely interrupted with my very sprained ankle a couple weeks ago.  I have not gotten rid of my crutches and am once again getting back to regular exercise, but I am being very careful with my ankle .....  still some pain and stiffness but it is getting better every day.

Again, thank you for sharing your good news report...

HUGS,
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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2020, 06:33:21 pm »
Welcome back to tennis. I'm fortunate to play with four friends I'm out to, so I can be Laura once a week with them. You're right about losing strength. My serves and forehand are much more returnable now.

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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2020, 07:21:51 pm »
Welcome back to tennis. I'm fortunate to play with four friends I'm out to, so I can be Laura once a week with them. You're right about losing strength. My serves and forehand are much more returnable now.

Laura

Laura,

So glad to hear that you've found a group to play with consistently...I really need that, but don't have it yet. Also, it's approaching winter here, and with COVID hanging around I'm not playing tennis indoors.

Fortunately, you don't have that winter problem where you are!

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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2021, 08:36:03 pm »
Crossed another tennis milestone today...

I played my first serious tennis since SRS eight weeks ago AND played with three women that I hadn’t met before, two of which didn’t know that I was trans. I seemed to pass fine, and I was of comparable skill level with the other players. It all went smoothly. Honestly, sitting in the car after playing two hours of tennis was one of the happiest moments of my transition. I had so many fears about not being able to play tennis again...and I think it’s all going to work out ok.

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First therapy session / decided to transition / hair removal: October 2018
HRT: January 2019 (journal https://www.susans.org/forums/index.phpVF/topic,244009.0.html)
VFS: September 2019; three-month report here
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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2021, 09:28:13 pm »
Congrad, sarahc, you are doing great just keep being yourself.

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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2021, 10:56:50 pm »
@sarahc
Dear Sarah:
I am so very happy to read your good report regarding getting back into the groove and having the renewed ablitly of playing serious tennis once again...
....and passing reliably in the eyes of two women that you had never previously met certainly boosts your
self-assurance and confidence as you live your life as "Sarah"

Thank you for sharing your good news report with me and the rest of your followers.  I will be continuing to
look for your future updates as you feel comfortable sharing on your threads and elsewhere around the Forums.

HUGS, 
Danielle





Crossed another tennis milestone today...

I played my first serious tennis since SRS eight weeks ago AND played with three women that I hadn’t met before, two of which didn’t know that I was trans. I seemed to pass fine, and I was of comparable skill level with the other players. It all went smoothly. Honestly, sitting in the car after playing two hours of tennis was one of the happiest moments of my transition. I had so many fears about not being able to play tennis again...and I think it’s all going to work out ok.

Sarah
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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2021, 06:39:47 pm »
I'm so happy for you Sarah. I had felt so much anxiety about playing tennis with people who knew <deadname>, but it's not been a problem At. All.

Gaining a little confidence, I joined another club north of me and will start playing with them beginning this Friday. The more we play as ourselves, the more steps we take forward.

Keep it up.

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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2021, 06:55:16 pm »
Crossed another tennis milestone today...

No cute short skirt (and top, of course) in white only?  :angel:



 Country Club dress code ya know . . :police:


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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2021, 07:59:44 pm »
@Chloe

I do have a white skirt, but it’s not quite as short as that one! I don’t have an all-white outfit, however. I prefer to wear darker tops.

And I’m definitely not hitting the country clubs around here that have all-whites policies - they’re very conservative institutions and some people at those clubs know that I’m trans. I’m trying to avoid kerfuffles. 

Sarah

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No cute short skirt (and top, of course) in white only?  :angel:



 Country Club dress code ya know . . :police:

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VFS: September 2019; three-month report here
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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2021, 08:04:38 pm »
@Laura1951

I’m so glad things are working out for you. I had a ton of anxiety as well...there was an earlier thread that discussed that. But everything is going great for me. I played in a USTA league match for the first time as a woman this past weekend, and with the arrival of spring weather I’m playing a couple of times per week with lots of different groups, including one social group that I had played with a lot before transition - they welcomed me back with open arms. Yay!

Sarah

I'm so happy for you Sarah. I had felt so much anxiety about playing tennis with people who knew <deadname>, but it's not been a problem At. All.

Gaining a little confidence, I joined another club north of me and will start playing with them beginning this Friday. The more we play as ourselves, the more steps we take forward.

Keep it up.

Laura
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First therapy session / decided to transition / hair removal: October 2018
HRT: January 2019 (journal https://www.susans.org/forums/index.phpVF/topic,244009.0.html)
VFS: September 2019; three-month report here
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Re: Played tennis for the first time since starting transition - yay!
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2021, 04:07:15 am »
I do have a white skirt, but it’s not quite as short as that one . . . I’m trying to avoid kerfuffles. 

@Sarah

lol Yes! Understand completely was just chiding, "egging on"!

        Tried to play the other day with daughter's future inlaws on their homeowner assoc courts with newly acquired classic 70's racket but right leg has been KILLING ME, due to pulled muscle roller skating with 5 yr-old the week prior, so wound up just watching instead.


Found on ebay: AMF HEAD Arthur Ashe Comp 2 Composite Racquet

(ps: suspect daughter tells ALL "he's trans" so, still not being 100% socially out, am working "the conservative crowd" slowly am well-liked and accepted regardless! I've already complimented step-mom on her sandals - 'fraid to ask "where?" - and his dad always offers me a favored "Guinness" )
"But it's no use now," thought poor Alice, "to pretend be two people!
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