Daily Grind articles are posted every Tuesday to provide a look into a day in the life of a college athlete and to give an example of time management skills.
Kyle Moore* is a Brown men’s tennis player who leads a busy life as a college athlete. He was able to give me a look into what a typical day is like for him in season to help recruits like you understand what the time commitment at the next level looks like.
Playing tennis for Brown University is not easy, nor is being at an Ivy-League school. The days are packed with practices, classes, work, workouts, and trying to socialize. Needless to say, a Brown tennis player’s day is full. Kyle Moore helped me understand what his day is typically like.
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Rise and Shine
It’s early to rise for Kyle, who usually wakes up around 7:00 for early morning classes. He eats a protein bar and some fruit to start the day and then goes to class. This is arguably the worst part of the day—don’t get him wrong, the classes are interesting and engaging, but Kyle cannot wait to get out on the court. Sometime between classes Kyle will head over to a food hall or the tennis house and grab lunch with some of his teammates. His coach really likes this to be a part of the day’s routine because it brings the team closer together, especially in the first year. They joke around and tell stories about the day, even if it is sometimes at the expense of the coach.
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Court is in Session
After classes, the team practices. They’ll do some running and fitness training, hit around, and serve. This is Kyle’s favorite part of the day as he gets to do what he loves with his best friends. The practices are intense and long, with different days having a different skill focus. The big things that Kyle’s coach expects on a daily basis is for his players to listen to the coaching staff, always give their best effort in every drill, and enjoy the opportunity. The coach wants his players to understand how lucky they are to be able to play a sport that they love at a high level, and because of that you should listen to those who are trying to help you and give all you have to the opportunity you received.
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The Grind Doesn’t Stop After Practice
Now after practice, players chow down on a huge meal in order to get ready for a late night lift session which usually focuses on range of motion, speed, and flexibility. Brown has some state-of-the art facilities for their athletes. The tennis locker room is in the same area of campus of the facilities, so oftentimes players will go and either hang out or get some work done in the locker room area. After this, it’s on to bed to try to get some sleep before the process starts again the next day.
* Name changed for anonymity
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* Originally published on January 18, 2023, by Tara Sires