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Angry Desperately need advice not to choke at the end of each game !!

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 Ó 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.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 2005, 04:59 PM
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Don`t get nervous, stare at your strings, imagine you`re just on the practice court. Get yourself some good rituals you execute before every point, always the same. Play the same game as you do on other points, try not to hit the winner too fast, be patient.
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Try to just focuse on one point and one play before starting the point. Like just think about where you're gonna hit the serve.

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im the same.

however i have just come to enjoy my tennis now. It is fun again.

Just think of every points as 15-0, or 15-15. Dont think about things on break and game points. Even if you say "dont go for the winner", you are still going to be consicoulsy thinking of how to win the point, which is not good because you will lose it and blame yourself.

just relax and stay calm.
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My coaches always tell me that on the big points, just get your balls deep and keep forcing your opponent back. It works for me all the time...

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You seem mentally weak. That's your problem. Maybe talk to someone before matches and after..
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A lot of people choke. All you need is one big win when you overcome your choking habits and you'll be fine. Just keep working hard.
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Thank you all for your answers.
I'm gonna get some rituals (even mental ones) before every point. I think it can help me.
And I think I needed the bad loss I had yesterday to become better.
Thanks again.
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When my forehand's breaking down, I use 2 hands. Anythink you can do to get extra topspin on the ball, Just make sure you get it down with margin for error. And if you're playing a serve volleyer, don't try fior the big groundstroke psaa, just aim to get it down at their feet with masses of topspin. If they're too near the net, lob them!

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i dont know

i just dont think much in tennis matches and try to think of it as if im having a practie hit. i dont think much about score or strategy...in effect i just try to play every point as tho its the same whether im up or down match point etc, and the way i think if im down 0-5 is not 'panic mode' but rather my line of thinking is 'i dont care if i lose but would like to make him work harder than he would like to to beat me'...

it works for me...and i also think about the consquences if i win/lose = pretty much nothing bc im not playing for anything no reputation no money nothing whereas my friends who play other sports a win or loss can make a big difference in w hat they earn !

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Originally Posted by justine&coria
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 Ó 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.
Might I suggest that you enter a local tennis league or a USTA sanctioned league (US only) which would help you to become more "match" tough for local tournaments???

You really need to let go of the negativity you've been experiencing during tournament play. Your first year or two playing adult amateur tennis tournaments is an adjustment period mentally. Its a natural progression. If you've "got game", your results will naturally improve.

First, it sounds like you show-up for a tournament match "tight". Try arriving at your tournament site a few minutes early and warm-up on court with someone before before you warm-up with your opponent before a match. make sure to eat a light breakfast and get plenty of rest the night before.

Also, it sounds like you are "thinking" too much on-court. Use your practice periods as a means of developing consistent habits on court which will help you be more consistent during tournament play. Eventually, your shots and reactions will occur automatically without having to think too much.

During your warm-up against an opponent, slyly look for weaknesses in their shots. Test their ability to hit volleys, overheads, etc.

Play YOUR game, and use the weaknesses you've exploited during warm-up to pounce on.

Get in the mental midset of jumping on your opponent early which will immediately affect his mental game. Once you've put him on the defensive, his climb uphill will be more difficult.

Its normal and natural to be a little nervous during your first match during a tournament. Positive affirmations and deep breathing can help alleviate that sort of anxiety pre-match.

FOCUS. That means keep your eye on the ball and make sure you bend your knees while hitting the ball. The first thing that happends when you begin a match "tight", is the knees don't want to bend and your feet don't want to move. Remember that.

"Don't sweat the small stuff". Don't allow yourself to mentally engage in persistent negativity on-court. Keep your head UP, bounce a lot between points to keep loose, and play the ball....never your opponent.

Oh, and about the "old men who slice a lot". Attack their weak backhands and go to the net.

Last but not least, no one in the history of tennis has EVER played a perfect match. You will never be a perfect tennis player. However, you can always strive to be the best you can be on-court.
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Try and move your opponent putting topspin on the ball from side to side.
just keep getting the ball in dont go for anything, eventually your opponent will break down and hit an unforced error. And if they don't THEY ARE REALLY GOOD!!!!!!
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Try and move your opponent putting topspin on the ball from side to side.
just keep getting the ball in dont go for anything, eventually your opponent will break down and hit an unforced error. And if they don't THEY ARE REALLY GOOD!!!!!!
i agree exactly; great advice

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i agree exactly; great advice
Thank you!
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