Let me introduce myself :
I'm a guy (I hope the admins won't tell me to put this thread at menstennisforums
Well, I'm a guy who almost has all the shots in tennis : great serve though I'm quite small, big forehand, bakhand, slice, quite good volleys, smash, not so bad drop shots (not à la Justine but ok), good footwork etc.
When I don't play tournies, I can beat people who are ranked a lot higher than me. But, when I play in a tounament, I lose to people I should have beaten quite easily
. (and how they annoy me when they say at the end, you have all the shots, you're quite good, but ...). Last time I lost to an old guy who was just making slices from both sides.
First I don't think I've ever won the 1st 3 games of a match !! I've always trailed 3-0 !
Then, I start playing well , but I choke at the end of (almost) every game
!! It's really boring:
- either I double-fault
: I just don't feel my serve that is really good otherwise.
- or I try for the winner, I don't know why
(and it's always an error).
I can have 3 aces, and then lose the game after of course having many advantages
. How many games I've lost after having game/break-points !
Many times, I've trailed 5-0, came back to 5-4 and then lost the set 6-4.
My friends keep telling me that it'll get better tournament after tournament
. But the tournaments are quite expensive, and I play them just during the holidays (3 months in a year).
And every year, it's quite the same. And I'm really fed up of this.
What can I do ?
I really need some advice.
I've tried to calm myself telling me not to try for the winner : then either I'm too calm and double-fault, either I try not to make an error and it's a ball that goes in the net or 20 metres out.
I've told myself : "play this point as another one !" -> it doesn't work.
I've tried to think of every thing I'm gonna do : toss the ball this way, serve there, move well etc...
I've tried to think about a song I really like
. well, same result.
Maybe I'm too much a perfectionnist
: I really don't like when I win a point because of my opponent's error etc.
Some of my friends say I'm too kind/shy
: I don't have that killer instinct, except when I'm trailing : then I can play really great points.
Maybe I'm too much self-confident
! And when I lose some points, I just don't know what to do.
I desperately need some advice. Please !
Thanks in advance.