Well my first singles match was at a U-14 tournament at my home club for the USTA. I really wanted to play in an event, and my club was hosting one, so I decided to sign up for the event.
I was so very nervous, as I had played a lot of tennis with friends, and a little bit at the club, this was my first official event. Nerves got the better of me the entire match, in the warm up I thought I could get this guy, but it was not working. I couldn't keep a rally going, get a ball in play, I lost the first 8 games.
I ended up storming back and holding my serve the rest of the match, but I couldn't break, and lost 0-6, 4-6.
I think if I would've been able to squeak out one of the deuces or held my serve in the 1st set, the match would've gone a lot differently. I just felt like I was out of my league, for awhile, before figuring it how to play.
MY first doubles match, was for high school. It was actually funny, because I signed up for the team, but I had no idea that you needed a physical to play high school sports. So, I missed the first month of practice while I waited for my appointment with my doctor, and joined the team 2 days before our first match. I had no thoughts of starting varsity for the team or anything like that.
Well, I had one of the strongest serves on the team, so my coach decided to start me at 2nd Doubles (to the dismay of the teammate I bumped off the team, who was a senior!). I was flipping out because my volley sucked, and I had never played a proper doubles match before.
It showed in my match. I wasn't standing in the proper place on my serve, and hit my partner in the back twice. I missed a lot of volleys, and did a lot of silly things. We lost 0-6, 3-6 to the #2 team in our league.
Even funnier was , I was clearly the weaker player of my doubles team, but my coach benched my doubles partner and kept me in. I actually started Varsity for all my high school matches because of this.