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Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Boston, MA
Re: Your Worst Tennis Loss
Actually my worst losses are a combination of losses I had in high school. My sophomore year I was expected to contend for a singles spot (in my state it worked as 3 singles matches, and 2 double matches with no players playing more then once). I had played 2nd and 1st double all freshman year, and there were a lot of holes to be filled.
I was set to play a senior for 3rd singles, and he and I were very similar. We were both solid off the ground, I had more fire power, he was more consistent, I had a better serve, but his was more consistent, and he obviously had a lot more experience. Everyone thought we'd be a very even match-up, and we split practice matches the season before. He crushed me twice, 6-2, 6-1, and then 6-1, 6-0. It was tough to swallow, as I was a far more capable singles player then doubles. I would end up playing 2nd doubles all season because I really couldn't figure out the doubles game.
So putting that disapointment behind me, I was set to challenge for 3rd singles again my junior year against a different senior. My coach really wanted me at 3rd singles, and I knew I had to earn it. I was up 6-1, 5-3 serving for the match, and I ended up losing 6-1, 5-7, 6-7. I had a bunch of match points. My coach gave me a 2nd shot at the match , because I was the better player, I just needed to close out a win. I was up 4-0 in the second match, before losing 6-7, 0-6. Another year of doubles.
Senior year I was up for 1st singles, and I was playing two guys I hadn't lost to in the 2-3 years previous. First guy, I was up 6-1, 5-0, and ended up losing 6-1, 6-7, 6-7. Second guy I was again up 6-2, 4-0, and lost that one 6-2, 5-7, 5-7.
They ended up awarding me 1st singles anyway since I was captain and a senior. Closing out matches has been my biggest problem in all my matches my entire tennis life. :/