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How do you deal with nerves in a match?

Yesterday I played the worst match I've played in a long time. I was so nervous. The last time I played this guy, it was pretty close, but I shouldn't have been so tense. I eased into the match, but I was still a bundle of nerves. I don't always get nervous, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to calm my tennis anxiety or if anyone has any strategies to remain focused and carefree. I think the next time I should just have a cosmo before the match to relax myself, but I really don't want to have to do that. Does anyone else have this problem? Thanks.
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I only play at charity events. There is usually no pressure. If I start to get tight, I just imagine that my opponent is that bitch Neely, and that usually focuses me enough to blow the other chick off the court. My dislike for Neely and my desire to do her dirty at every turn usually overcomes all other emotions and states of mind, nerves included.

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Practice practice practice, the more you get out and play the more confidence you will have in your game. When you find yourself nervous in a match you should exaggerate your strokes.

When I find myself nervouse, or a shot that is off, I try and keep giving myself pointers.

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Yesterday I played the worst match I've played in a long time. I was so nervous. The last time I played this guy, it was pretty close, but I shouldn't have been so tense. I eased into the match, but I was still a bundle of nerves. I don't always get nervous, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to calm my tennis anxiety or if anyone has any strategies to remain focused and carefree. I think the next time I should just have a cosmo before the match to relax myself, but I really don't want to have to do that. Does anyone else have this problem? Thanks.

well i have the same problem but bigger than yours i guess, cause if my matches are very close i am always very nervous and then i have no strategy to stay calm: i try to play only my backhand and to come to the net, cause if i am very nervous my forehand becomes ... well and then i win it , or lose it

i wish i would never be nervous.
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Some times i find the best thing to do is just try and hit winners- cos if you are getting nervous then yu think too much, and if yu are just getting the ball in court and the opponent is smacking it back at you, yu get even more nervous cos your worried that you gonna lose badly, and also, just rushing between points is good sometimes cos you are just concentrating on the ball and not thinking.

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You aren't going to believe this and I will be showing my age a little but...

...I crack myself up by doing a running commentary about how bad things are going in Howard Cosell's voice"

"Kiwi just slapped the most poorly aimed first serve known to man; can he recover or will his second serve just be more of the same, ladies and gentlemen?"

I make myself laugh and then I'm fine.

Sometimes singing a cheesy song will do the same thing, think Copacabana by Barry Manilow

"His name is Kiwi, his forehand su-ucks..."

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Breathe slowly and make those little jumps champions do before the opponent serves. It is said to be the best way to stay concentrated and relaxed. (I'll elaborate if you want lol).
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i´m just nervous, can´not handle my nerves yet
maybe i will learn anytime

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You aren't going to believe this and I will be showing my age a little but...

...I crack myself up by doing a running commentary about how bad things are going in Howard Cosell's voice"

"Kiwi just slapped the most poorly aimed first serve known to man; can he recover or will his second serve just be more of the same, ladies and gentlemen?"

I make myself laugh and then I'm fine.

Sometimes singing a cheesy song will do the same thing, think Copacabana by Barry Manilow

"His name is Kiwi, his forehand su-ucks..."

I am being completely serious.

Thats too cute! Hahahahha

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Well, I have learnt that, in a really tight situation when you are nervous, it's the best to DO something. When you just try to keep the ball in play you will only get even more nervous and in the end you will just dump the ball into the net, and you won't be able to hit any proper shots.
When it's really close, it's the best for me to try a drop-shot (because it's one of my favourite shots) or attack the net. I play the drop-shot if I'm just too nervous to play one more decent shot so I have to somehow end the point.
Going to the net is good too. Your opponent is just as nervous as you are, so let him play a passing-shot, because that's not easy at all when you are nervous.
I admit it's tempting to do nothing and just wait for errors when your opponent is nervous too. But often that's not going to work in the end.
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But singing is good too.
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Not to well, sadly.

I was up in my match a couple of weeks ago, 6-3 5-2. I was the last match being played, trying to save my team from being swept 5-0, of course, it was a team competition. All of my other teammates were done, and they all came to watch me.

And I, of course, don't like attention. I just wish it was the kid and me, and that's it, no one else. But, they got to me, cheering me on, telling me just one more game, and all that.

Well, I choked.

6-3 5-3, I had one match point, blew it.

I served at 6-3 5-4, blew another match point.

Finally, we each held until the tie-break, no more match points. We then got 4-4 in the tie-break, when I just went away. He won the next three points to close it out, and then next three games as well to go up 3-0 in the third.

And, that was the end for me. All I had to do was to hold once, and that third set would have been close. However, I didn't hold serve once, I just kept breaking him, but I couldn't hold serve.

He ended up winning 3-6 7-6(7-4) 6-3.

All due to my teammates and the fear of being swept. Well, we were swept.

I just got nervous, and couldn't close it out. I probably would have been fine if the rest of them were not there.

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maybe i will sing next time too
maybe it will confuse my opponent -

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I've tried singing before and I think that worked...It's so hard to remember that when I'm in the match though! I appreciate all the responses and suggestions!
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