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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2006, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Do nerves affect you when you play matches, and if yes, how?

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Whenever I play in tournaments or club matches I always have a few nerves at the start of the match, which is a good thing as it usually means I'll play well. Usually they only last a game or two. If I'm flat with no nerves then the performance isn't likely to be as good as it ought to be. I've never got so nervous where I've been unable to play or close out a match though.
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I tend to play much more tentatively then I'd like too, and it usually doesn't do me too well.

I'm also plagued by playing really good service games the whole match, but then when I'm serving for the s et or serving to stay in the set I'll play a really loose game.

Yesterday I was playing in a one day, 8 game pro-set tournament and was at 6-6, had not dropped serve ye t, then dropped it there at 15, and then lost 6-8.
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Sometimes I`m a litle bit like Safin It depends of my mood
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Yes. I remember when I was playing an 8-game pro set, I was down match points. Well once this happens I usually tense up, and don't really go for my shots. I'll just put the ball into play and play really defensively. But when my chance comes I take it. I remember I save over 6 MP's, but ending up losing in a tie-break.

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Hum I do get nervous, but it comes out in two different situations. Either I play a match and I'm no nervous that I rush and am impatient in the first and lose it 6-1 or 6-0, and the I manage to make the other 2 sets.

Most of the time, it is the opposite. I perform incredibly well in the first cause I come out firing, but then I get nervous at like 2-0 for me in the second, and usually lose it before winning the third.

But when I was younger, it was horrible, it actually prevented me from a good junior career in my province. i was so weak mentally and cried each time I faced a pusher

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Nerves usually help play really well but in tight situations they dont, dont really know why tho

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post #8 of 38 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2006, 05:45 PM
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every time i play, i cant' realy explaine y, i just do

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I do get nervous and it normally effects my serve which is the major weekness in my game anyway... The nerves for me always come at the start of the match... If i have to serve first i always, always get broken...

They also comeback if i'm serving for a set or serving to stay in a set... My first serve goes away (the ball toss, the action, everything) and i have two choices hit the worlds slowest second serve or hit another first serve, as i don't have a second serve LOL but normally i just about get away with it...

I never get nervous tho when dominating a match or when i have a big lead.
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post #10 of 38 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2006, 05:57 PM
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I'm always nervous waiting for my match to be called, and then when we start warming up it goes away. And then it returns when I'm trying to close out a close set, or a match that's close.

When I'm nervous I take longer between points. I bounce the ball more and I start becoming superstitious sometimes. But when it is close sometimes I hit heavy topspin and wait for an opening instead of creating one like I usually do.

But nerves have really never prevented me from winning a set or a match. I'm usually able to overcome them and play my game.
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I don't get as nervous now as I used to. Last year, I remember when I played my first singles match, I went out to warm up and I could barely hit a ball over during the warmup because I was so nervous. I still won the match, but I played horribly because I was terribly nervous the entire team.

Now, I rarely get nervous. About a week and a half ago I was up 7-3, and I had a couple match points in that game before the kid came all the way back to 7-7 before I finally won 9-7. I don't think this was really nerves as much as I just couldn't quite close it out.
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Actually, the only problem I really have now is playing against teammates in practice or something. It might not make sense, but it's way harder for me to play against a teammate than against someone else who I don't really know.
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post #13 of 38 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2006, 06:25 PM
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I generally get kinda nervous when I am up 40 15 or 40 30 or Ad on my serve..Then many times I feel that I am not gonna put in a first serve..Its silly but it just comes to me this feeling and it happens as well.. but when I am BPs down, I dont feel nerves at all..Its so wierd..Aces on BPs and DFs on GPs..So typical of me...

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Well also i should add I have played very few matches in my life LOL..Last match I played was Mixed doubles match and I never faced BP until 5 3 when i was serving for set ..And it turned out to be a longgg game..many Bps and SPs..Finally won 6 3..Then in 2nd set again serving to stay in match at 5 6 and was down zillions of Bps and even hit ace on 2nd serve... surprised myself there too..Finally we ended up winning 6 3 7 6(5)

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post #15 of 38 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2006, 06:32 PM
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Nerves affect my serve. Especially if I am serving for the set. I have new-found respect for people who are labeled "nothing but a serve" a la Roddick or Karlovic. My serve blows, and I admire people who are good at it. It's truly an important tennis skill.
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