How smart is your game❓

Ciaooo, Elena here! Nice to meet you!

Elena Margaria from TennisRematch at the lake

I'm an Italian girl but I currently live in Finland. And I have some unfinished business with tennis.

Why unfinished?

Because I fell in love with this magical sport at the age of 11.

Too late according to the “experts” to become someone and play at a high level.

However, that didn't discourage me and actually motivated me to train even harder to prove them wrong and catch up with the girls of my age. And so I did.

I practiced practiced practiced, and competed, and even won a decent amount of trophies on the way, until I reached the peak of my “career” (if we can call it like that) when I was just 19, during the last year of high school. Then university came.

And I started playing and competing much less.

After all, university was my priority #1 so I couldn't afford spending too much time and energy on tennis. Less practice led to less tournaments, which led to losing my enthusiasm and drive.

I've always been extremely competitive, and not being able to constantly measure my progress through matches made me wonder many times what was the point in doing my best to improve.

Until I started working, and decided there was actually no point.

So I completely stopped playing tennis.

I still cannot believe I didn't touch a racket for about 4-5 years of my life. How did I even survive?!

OMG, I'd slap myself if I could. Anyway, that's what happened so there's nothing I can do about it anymore.

But then, this year something happened.

And I finally remembered how much I love being on the court, and decided to play my Tennis Rematch.

So I'm giving it a shot again. And I don't care if I'm 28 yo and everyone thinks it's impossible to start playing at a certain level at this age. Because you know what? I think it's bullshit.

There's no age limit to achieve your dreams. If you work hard, you'll get there. In one way or another. Which is exactly what I'm gonna do!

And hopefully by sharing my goals, practice, progress and struggles I'll also inspire and motivate you to do the same, whatever is your dream. Because you're the only one who can make it happen!

Not sure where to start?

If you're curious and want to know more about my current, crazy tennis goals, then give this a read: you'll find my original plans and also some more recent updates!

If you think it's impossible for someone to forget about a big passion, then take a look at this: it's where I talk about all the signals that tennis sent me (which I completely ignored) during my long break and where I reveal how I "suddenly" remembered how much I missed it.

And finally, if you enjoy what you see here and you'd like to follow me even more closely, then head to my YouTube Channel: that's where I (literally) take you with me on this unconventional tennis journey of mine!

I hope you'll stick with me and cheer me up sometimes,

xoxo Elena