I played a match for my club against a rival club. I won 6-1 7-6(5) but it was on red clay (well, euro clay), a surface I haven't played on for 3 years. [/facepalm]
It was an epic fail as far as i'm concerned; back 4 years ago I went and trained at a tennis camp in the Czech Republic for a couple of weeks. It was on clay, real and raw clay and they really helped my game on it and by the end of the fortnight I loved sliding and I really had learnt to construct points and I went back the next year and pwned them all.
Today was completely different, i've already bitched in this thread enough about my footwork so i'll just say that I made Serena look like a ballerina today, and i'll leave it like that. What I really struggled with was the bounce - i'm naturally an aggressive player so I started off trying to take the ball early but instead I was taking everything late and it was bouncing up way outside my hitting zone (
) so after losing game one I tried to wait for the ball to come down... FAIL! I shanked everything
and it was just painful. Anyway, it seemed to work and when I did hit the ball somewhere near the strings I just hit the ball heavy and deep straight down the middle and after a few shots I would be able to put the ball away for a winner.
To cut the story short, in set 2 he began to moonball and I just ended up shouting, moaning, throwing my racket, and I also got the yips on the first serve and my hand was shaking (I NEVER get nervous on serve!
). He went a break up but eventually it went to a TB and I just got really pissed off and ballbashed in the tiebreak from start to finish. It definitely relieved some stress.
But I need to start doing some proper footwork drills now and I have begun to remodel my backhand. It is currently a loopy Sharapova-like (motion-wise) stroke but i'm going to simply it and make it closer to someone like Jankovic's motion. I have put myself down for a couple of small tournaments in a month so I need to get to work.
Originally Posted by Destinyhernich
Good Luck against Marco Sanges, Charles David Mathieu Poulin.
Man, you just made me realize how long my name is (though I already knew
). I am on my way to the tournament site, rainy day today so not sure I'll get to play!