Originally Posted by jbone_0307
Ok, yesterday I got back from my regional tennis tournament last year and I am depressed. I played doubles and had to play 6 matches, out of those 6, we won 4, but still didn't advance to state. The first two matches we won easily 6-2 6-1 and 6-1 6-0, but we lost the third match 6-1 6-1. In order to qualify for state you have to win three consecutive matches. That was day one, then we were put in the losers bracket and had to win three consecutive matches again. The first match was really easy 6-2 6-4 and in the second match we had to come back from one set down and we ended up winning the match 3-6 6-3 6-2. We were estatic, but we had one more match to play and they weren't as good as the previous team. I think it was because we were exhausted and only had an hour in between, but we ended up losing 6-3 6-2. I am sooo fucking pissed. My damn body aches all over, we had to play 6 matches in 2 days, and have nothing to show for it. This is the lowest i've felt, ever. Usually, I am able to shake off a loss easily (like when I lost to the same girl 8-0), but this wont go away. Its only been a day, but I remember the time the match started 3:08, the time we lost 4:43, and the first song I heard (Amerie-1 thing). I'm about to cry and usually, I show no emotions whatsoever, but I hate losing. What should I do??? What do you do when this kind of situation arises???? At this point I seriously feel like giving up tennis.
Well, your problem isn't half of that of my friend.
He is real close to me, he has been my hitting partner for a year now but he is 7 years younger.
He just turned eighteen last January, after the qualifying for regionals has finished. He end up second best. BTW, its just his 2nd year joining the competition.
Last April 11 - 15 was held the regionals were the age bracket would be 18 under, obviously he still qualifies. He played for like 8 matches in 4 days and end up crushing all his opponents, eventually becoming the regional champion qualifying for the nationals this coming May.
Sadly, this boy is almost an Orphan. He goes to school trough his earning from hitting with other players and lived in a shelter for the homeless. His mother abandoned him at age ten and his father is very old like 60 and lived in a far province from our city. (wonder why his father is very old, well, he is a son of third marriage, which make it more painful for him since all her step-siblings dnt like her mother and him).
Last monday, the team is about to leave for the venue of the nationals, when he arrived at the terminal, (i drove him there), he was told that he was being disqualified
for technical reasons that the birth certificate he presented was marked "late registration".
There is this rule that qualifiers for the regionals must present a birth certificate as proof of age qualification, then it states that late registered BC's must not be done five years or later from the date of competition.
Although his BC falls within this restiction, i can't help but pity him because I have been a witness to how this child work hard and trained in order to attain success in tennis. It could have been a very big window of oppurtunity had he be able to play for the nationals.
He is devastated, he cried all night and almost felt like giving up hope on tennis and his dreams. Up to now i can't still convince him to play tennis again. I really dnt know what to do to make him live the hope again.