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~{X}~
Apr 17th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Last matches I played were last summer, I won 6-3, 6-0 and then played another match against my cousin. He was up 4-1... broke his racket strings, and had to play with a new racket. I came back and was leading 5-4, when I got a blister on my foot and eventually lost 7-6. I couldn't continue after that. :lol:

donniedarkofan
Apr 17th, 2010, 08:01 PM
I am #6 ATM but that barely says anything :lol:

Isn't that an achievement? Good for you!

FaceyFacem
Apr 18th, 2010, 12:52 AM
i'm playing in the US Open national qualifying tournament tomorrow morning! wish me luck!

The Witch-king
Apr 18th, 2010, 07:51 AM
^ good luck!!! PLAY WITH YOUR ALL YOUR HAT!

Hayato
Apr 18th, 2010, 10:26 AM
My best comeback was a few years ago in inter-school championships, I was down 6-3 5-1, and saved 8 match points to win 3-6 7-6(2) 6-1 :D
Another time I was down *5-1 40-15 in the final set, and won 7-5 :rocker2:

Josh.
Apr 18th, 2010, 11:08 AM
I often play a friend of mine, like once or twice every week. Honestly, the head to head would be some stupid number but I think he is winning. The matches we play will (most of the time) go to three sets with the score being something ridiculous like 57 76 11-9 (MTB). Other times, it's a beat down. I'm usually on the receiving end too :lol:

FaceyFacem
Apr 18th, 2010, 04:02 PM
I got pounded in my US Open national qualifying match. double bagel :( i actually played ok, he was just very very good. i had a great time and it was a fun experience. the only lame part was that on either side of me were players i could've crushed :( luck of the draw!

¤CharlDa¤
Apr 18th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Signed up for a Futures event in Napoli, Italy, as I'm heading there for a trip in May. So far I'm in the alternate list, but possibly could get in! I'll sign in anyways!

Earlier in March, I was sthing like 100 out in Montreal and Sherbrooke, and got in both qualifying draws!

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 18th, 2010, 09:00 PM
Signed up for a Futures event in Napoli, Italy, as I'm heading there for a trip in May. So far I'm in the alternate list, but possibly could get in! I'll sign in anyways!

Earlier in March, I was sthing like 100 out in Montreal and Sherbrooke, and got in both qualifying draws!

GL Charlie! :bounce:

¤CharlDa¤
Apr 18th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Thanks Heath :D

Looking for my first pro win now, won't be an easy task, especially on red clay ;)

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 18th, 2010, 09:19 PM
Thanks Heath :D

Looking for my first pro win now, won't be an easy task, especially on red clay ;)

I've honestly never played on red clay . I just played a small tourney (doubles) on green clay(Har-Tru)which really doesn't suit my game. I had a hard time adjusting to the slowness of the green stuff. I can't imagine how much more trouble i would have on the red stuff :sad::p

Shafanovic.
Apr 19th, 2010, 01:38 AM
well played a match yesterday where i started VERY slow.

quickly went down 0-5. was down 0-40 on my serve so i thought, what the fuck, i'll just hit it as hard as i can, and i'd rather double fault it away then my opponent having another winner. so i hit one backhand winner, 2 unreturnable serves, an ace and another backhand winner to win the game. i still remember what they look like in my head because i remember screaming come on after each of them.

lost the set 2-6 though eventually, saving another 4 set points. 2nd set was close, i led 4-1 but then lost the lead to 5-4 and it was back on serve and then in the tiebreak he went up 6-4. saved those 2 MPs and then i had SP at 7-6 and he had another MP at 8-7 but then i won the set 10-8 in the tiebreak.

pretty much the same story in the last set, always down. down 1-4 very quickly, i came back to 5-4 and served for the match, double faulted on MP but eventually won it 7-5.

was proud of myself :D

Justin SW
Apr 19th, 2010, 02:13 AM
I remember being down 4-6 0-4 in the semifinals of the Quebec Championship two years ago. I got a code violation at that particular time for screaming: ''Play your FUCKING game, you aint Serena Williams''! I won 4-6 7-5 6-0

I played unbelievable tennis after I was real mad!!! I would just give him stare after each points. Like I aint going down to you no WAY!!! I'm a show you the way out! be sure!!!

¤CharlDa¤
Apr 19th, 2010, 04:03 AM
What category was that Marco?

Mina Vagante
Apr 19th, 2010, 09:14 AM
I remember being down 4-6 0-4 in the semifinals of the Quebec Championship two years ago. I got a code violation at that particular time for screaming: ''Play your FUCKING game, you aint Serena Williams''! I won 4-6 7-5 6-0

I played unbelievable tennis after I was real mad!!! I would just give him stare after each points. Like I aint going down to you no WAY!!! I'm a show you the way out! be sure!!!

OMG :hysteric:

FleetSeb
Apr 19th, 2010, 11:05 AM
I've honestly never played on red clay . I just played a small tourney (doubles) on green clay(Har-Tru)which really doesn't suit my game. I had a hard time adjusting to the slowness of the green stuff. I can't imagine how much more trouble i would have on the red stuff :sad::p

I adore playing on Red Clay, but actually I enjoy all surfaces. I'm really lucky because my school has Clay courts and then a US Open style accrylic. And then my tennis club has grass courts and tarmac courts as well. So I get to play on most surfaces. Speed has always been my best strength (I'm county champion for Hurdles etc. so do a lot of sprinting) so I used to be very much a pusher :lol: but thankfully 5 years of lessons mean that the player I'd compare myself to now is Ferrero (except with a single handed backhand and obviously a lot worse than JCF) but my forehand and speed are now equal strengths. I've just started getting some real kick on my second serve as well which is pleasing because for the last 2 years I've just always used a slice second serve.

I love clay though, because I used angles a lot and that really helps. But I also love playing on grass because I don't have great approach shots but my volleys are good and grass hides my slightly too safe approach shots due to its speed and low bounce.

Russianboy
Apr 19th, 2010, 01:33 PM
regional championsships
1st round bye
2nd round 6-4 6-2
quaters 7-5 1-6 14-16 :o

Petkorazzi
Apr 19th, 2010, 03:59 PM
I was runner up in both events I played so far this season :)

In the first one it was RR, I won 4 matches and lost 1. Won 64 16 7-3, 26 64 7-5, 62 60 & 64 60. Lost 26 06. :awww:

Second week, it was knockout. R1 bye, QF WO, SF 63 75 F 06 16 :lol:

Adrian.
Apr 19th, 2010, 04:02 PM
My first match of the year was 2 weeks ago: I played for the first time since 6 months but won 62 64:cheer:

I was up in both sets with 3-0 but also got broken then in both so that I only were leading 3-2* but I managed to win the first set easily.
In the 2nd set I was serving for the match at *5-4 and I was down with 0-40:weirdo: Made 2 DF's and 1 FH UE. It was like the longest game in my short tennis-career. I had several MP's and also he had several BP's for 5-5. But in the end I took like the 7th or 8th MP with a FH winner:hearts:

ATM, I have a hand injury but I want to start playing this week again:rocker2:

Joe.
Apr 19th, 2010, 07:18 PM
After injuring my shoulder I have only just started playing competitive club matches, last ones were in November. I won my last one 6-1 6-0 and i think I'm finally ready to start playing tournaments again! :D

DefyingGravity
Apr 19th, 2010, 08:31 PM
I love how my game, built on hard courts and similar style to Ivanovic works so well on red clay like hers, even though you wouldn't assume it so.

Kevin.
Apr 19th, 2010, 11:32 PM
I am a bigger guy so movement is not my forte, but power is. I got a good powerful flat game. I have only been playing for a few years and a couple of DIII schools contacted me. I feel like Grass would be my best surface. I have a deadly slice backhand and flat strokes that would compliment me. I havent played in a tournament in nearly a year :sad:

tennisbuddy12
Apr 20th, 2010, 12:26 AM
I am a bigger guy so movement is not my forte, but power is. I got a good powerful flat game. I have only been playing for a few years and a couple of DIII schools contacted me. I feel like Grass would be my best surface. I have a deadly slice backhand and flat strokes that would compliment me. I havent played in a tournament in nearly a year :sad:

deadly slice :tape::spit: and it was one school :lol:


I am bigger as well and I move well for my size, retrieving a lot. I hit the ball extremely well. I pound the ball, and I mean pound it. My backhand was my better shot and just over the course of time, it became my forehand. My backhand is now just steady. My serve was something, and one match I hit 19 double faults. It has gotten SO much better and my last match, I hit 5 aces and like 7 doubles. My results on the USTA jr suck..Im like 11-50 :lol: :o but high school, I was like 20-30?? I have no idea :lol:

Last match I played was a 4-6,6-3,(4-10) loss to ^^^ Kevin. :fiery: I have a doubles (mens with kevin, mixed with a friend) this weekend...

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 20th, 2010, 02:45 AM
Last match I played was a 4-6,6-3,(4-10) loss to ^^^ Kevin. :fiery: I have a doubles (mens with kevin, mixed with a friend) this weekend...

Bryan Brothers 2.0 ?? ;)

ArturoAce.
Apr 20th, 2010, 07:23 AM
I'm 15-2 in League Doubles right now...gonna play rival school tomorrow. :)
Me and my partner are hoping we can steal the 3rd seed for CIF individuals.
I got 5th but no seeding last year, and lost in the 2nd round to 3rd seed :sad:

FleetSeb
Apr 20th, 2010, 05:15 PM
I am a bigger guy so movement is not my forte, but power is. I got a good powerful flat game. I have only been playing for a few years and a couple of DIII schools contacted me. I feel like Grass would be my best surface. I have a deadly slice backhand and flat strokes that would compliment me. I havent played in a tournament in nearly a year :sad:

Have you played on it before?

Just curious because playing on it is quite different to what I expected when I first played on it. Firstly the uneven bounce takes some real getting used to, your footwork has to be impeccable so that you can adjust quickly enough post-bounce. The number of shanks I hit initially because I kept failing to readjust was embarrasing. How tall are you btw? I'm 6ft 1" so for me its not too bad getting to the low shots, and as I said speed is a big strength of mine, but if you're above 6ft 3 or so, then you've really got to work on knee bend in your shots etc. It's a great surface but having compact strokes can also help, long wind ups cause problems to the extent that I actually have slightly different take backs on grass and clay, because on clay I love getting really heavy topspin where as on grass I have to shorten it and snap through it a bit quicker.

Anyway if you haven't played on grass before I hope you do soon, it really is lovely (although I maintain that it's not as lovely as my beloved clay :lol: ) and its a great feeling knowing that one's shots are that much more punchy. But my club kept telling me off last summer because I kept sliding on the grass, which they weren't too pleased with ;)

LudwigDvorak
Apr 20th, 2010, 07:02 PM
I've only played on synthetic grass, but I mishit and mistimed so many shots the first time I played I was so embarrassed. Everything I hit was a shank, and I completely failed to reach balls because of the bounce. My backhand is weak, and on grass it's exposed even more, since I need more time to prepare my backhand and I have zero time on grass.

It's a good surface, I guess, but I was completely shocked at how different it was. It felt like the balls were heavier on the surface too, and I had to hit so much harder to do anything. I hated playing on it. :o But it's synthetic, not real so...

Anyway, my only tennis result is one set on outdoor hard I played against a friend. I lost it 76(4) after being up 3-1 in the tiebreak and saving five match points on his serve at *65. I only hit six or seven winners all set. Nice.

Just Do It
Apr 20th, 2010, 07:46 PM
I defeated my friend 7-5 7-5 today. I was down 0-4 in the first and 3-5 in the 2nd :bowdown:
He was pissed. During a match he called me a pusher ... TWICE. Oh well, when it's close sometimes pushing is the best solution :tape:
Clay is so tiring :(

Ryan
Apr 20th, 2010, 10:11 PM
Last match I played was a doubles one, which I almost never get to play.

My partner and I beat our friends 6-0 6-3, we destroyed them. :drool: Then we played a Tiebreaker just for fun, and lost 14-12. :lol:

Aaron.
Apr 20th, 2010, 10:41 PM
Just won my third USTA tournament 2 weeks ago which is pretty exiciting :bounce:

1st round won 6-2 6-2
Pretty easy match here the guy had a decent forehand but a terrible backhand. I really picked on his backhand and had a comfortable victory.

Quaterfinals won 6-3 6-4
Well I have played this guy before and last time it was 6-1 6-1 last year. And he improved alot but in the end I still knew I was the better player and came out with the victory

Semifinals won 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2
The score should have been 6-4 6-1 but I choked serving out the first set at 5-4 but a wins a win I guess. This guy hit the ball very flat and he was pretty big and needed to lose a few lbs..after the first set he got really tired and I was just moving him and hitting winners in the second and third sets.

Finals won 6-4 6-3
Well after everyone gave me a lecture about how good this guy was I was so happy I won because everyone was saying he was the player to beat and etc..but he really folded against me because I am a good counterpuncher and really dont have any weakness to pick on. But after the first set you could tell he had given up and I took advantage of his low confidence

It is so nice to win a tournament after 2 years? I feel I'm playing really well right now so I'm going to practice hard and keep working hard and not get to confident after this tournament victory because I know I can improve even much MORE!

:)

gumoll
Apr 20th, 2010, 11:24 PM
congrats Aaron :yeah:

1handedbackhand
Apr 21st, 2010, 06:47 AM
Hello everyone,
My name is Thomas.

You guys sound like really good players.

I have some video of a match I played last year.
Not as good as you, but I am improving.

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My backhand is my favourite shot to hit. I like to hit with spin and while I am more than capable of hitting the ball hard, it's not my natural tendency to play overpowering tennis. I prefer to work the point till I have an opening and then go for it.

The videos are almost a year old and my game has changed since then. I still hit with spin, but it is a more aggressive spin. I'm getting more revolutions on the ball so on the bounce it 'jumps' at my opponent more.

The serve has changed as well.

1handedbackhand
Apr 21st, 2010, 06:55 AM
Anyway if you haven't played on grass before I hope you do soon, it really is lovely (although I maintain that it's not as lovely as my beloved clay :lol: ) and its a great feeling knowing that one's shots are that much more punchy. But my club kept telling me off last summer because I kept sliding on the grass, which they weren't too pleased with ;)

I have never played on grass and I would love to just to experience it.
I was going to at Houston, at the WestSide Tennis Club because they had all the grand slam surfaces at the club, but when I got there, they had converted their grass courts to a soccer pitch :(
They still had red clay, hard court and rebound ace but I had played on those already.
Oh well. Not many grass courts in the US.

Ryan
Apr 21st, 2010, 01:45 PM
You have a pretty sweet looking backhand dude, nice. Your serve action looks like Bartoli's or somethin though. ;) Nice forehand winner in the second clip!

1handedbackhand
Apr 21st, 2010, 06:39 PM
You have a pretty sweet looking backhand dude, nice.
Your serve action looks like Bartoli's or somethin though. ;) Nice forehand winner in the second clip!

Thanks about the backhand :). It is my most stable shot and very natural to me.
I've actually changed my service motion since this video was taken. I lean more into the court now and use my legs more. Visually it doesn't look that different but I have more speed on the first serve now and the second serve is WAY more consistent.

ce
Apr 21st, 2010, 08:18 PM
I defeated my friend 7-5 7-5 today. I was down 0-4 in the first and 3-5 in the 2nd :bowdown:
He was pissed. During a match he called me a pusher ... TWICE. Oh well, when it's close sometimes pushing is the best solution :tape:
Clay is so tiring :(

i hate playing against a pusher :(
i always have tons of errors :tape:

Kevin.
Apr 22nd, 2010, 01:13 AM
I have not played on grass but I have a style of game similar to Tanasugarn.

Chorophyll
Apr 22nd, 2010, 08:30 AM
Split sets with a friend 6-1 4-6. I won the first set easily before falling behind 1-5 in the second set. Then I fought out of some long deuce games saving three matchpoints to get back on serve at 4-5 before tamely being broken.

Juanes
Apr 22nd, 2010, 10:50 AM
i played yesterday.... for the first time since november....

we played little tournament between me, my older brother (27 years old) and another friend..... just 2 matches between.... 1 set (3 games... at 2-2 tiebreak)

me - my bro 3-0
me - friend 3-2 (8-6 in tiebreak ... i was down 3-6)
me - my bro 3-2 (7-1 in tiebreak ... i was down 1-2 ... then won 11 of 13 points)
me - friend 0-3

so i finished at 2nd place....

darrinbaker00
Apr 23rd, 2010, 05:01 AM
I just got breadstick-bageled this evening. I am NOT a happy camper. :fiery:

ArturoAce.
Apr 23rd, 2010, 05:02 AM
I just got breadstick-bageled this evening. I am NOT a happy camper. :fiery:

how weird. i gave 2 bagels and a breadstick today. :D

darrinbaker00
Apr 23rd, 2010, 06:23 AM
how weird. i gave 2 bagels and a breadstick today. :D
I really, really, REALLY do not like you. :fiery:

Adrian.
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:23 AM
I won yesterday my second match in this year:yippee:
I still have this hand injury but anyway I tried to not think about it:p

The opponent was by Daddy:lol:

In the first set he was leading *0-2 then I came back to lead 3-2*. Then I just served too bad to hold on and my dad was leading again with *3-4:rolleyes: But in the end I managed to win the first set with 6-4:rocker2:

The second set couldn't start better, I broke my dad just in the beginning of the 2nd set and was leading 6-4 *1-0:yippee:
Then the collapse:weirdo: at 15-15 I served 3 DF's in a row:o:haha::o and the 2nd set lasted like only 10 minutes:haha:
I lost it 1-6:weirdo: (I served at least 9 DF's and made like 20 UE's in this set:o)

The third set began also awful:rolleyes: I had GP at 40-30 but made again some stupid UE's that my dad broke me to lead in the final set with 0-1*, I came back, not bashing the ball so hard as I was trying throughout the whole match and some nice shots gave me the lead at 3-2*

The match was over then. For my Dad:p

I let him run across the court and hit FH winner after FH winner:banana:

Final Result: Adrian. def. Daddy 6-4 1-6 6-2:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

P.S.: We played on Red Clay court which was really slow:shrug:

1handedbackhand
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:49 AM
I just got breadstick-bageled this evening. I am NOT a happy camper. :fiery:

Cheer up, we've all been there.

So how did your opponent beat you that badly? What things did he do better?

1handedbackhand
Apr 23rd, 2010, 12:00 PM
I played a set, with a friend yesterday and won 7-6(3).

We had a bunch of amazing points, it was really fun. The best one I can think of was, I hit a dropshot which my friend barely got to but managed to slice it VERY deep to my backhand side. I had to back-track to to get in position but it was still awkward for me and my friend was at net waiting for the shot.
I like to hit cross court passes and from my position that was the higher percentage shot but he was already covering the cross court pass, so in a split second, I hit an open stance, 1 handed backhand crosscourt topspin lob, which he totally wasn't prepared for.
It landed right on the sideline.

He was also serving AMAZING. He hit like 10 aces and 5 service winners.

I play a match this evening with a guy that gives me trouble.
He plays a very hard FLAT game.

I play with topspin and I prefer the ball around chest height. His balls are low and really move through the court. We'll see how it goes.

LightsOut!
Apr 23rd, 2010, 01:42 PM
I lost to a friend of mine yesterday, worst match of my life, I only lost to him once before... hadn't played in winter, no forehand, no backhand, no 1st serve, 6 DF (:bigcry:)...
4-6, 4-6 :sobbing:...
and I hit only 1 ace :tears:... never before have I hit so few against anybody!!!

Adrian.
Apr 23rd, 2010, 02:09 PM
:hug:

Just Do It
Apr 23rd, 2010, 04:38 PM
i hate playing against a pusher :(
i always have tons of errors :tape:

You have tons of errors because you can't play, not because your opponent is a pusher :lol:

Slutiana
Apr 24th, 2010, 12:35 AM
You have tons of errors because you can't play, not because your opponent is a pusher :lol:
Don't talk to your twin like that!

Ryan
Apr 25th, 2010, 12:38 AM
Played a match against this guy yesterday, he was way better than I expected!

I lost 6-4 6-4, but it didn't seem that close because I was down 4-1 in both sets before coming back. The first set was easily the worst I've played in a long time - framed like 4 backhands, and was so inconsistent. My serve, which is more of a bunt :lol: but is really reliable was bad, hit a whole bunch of double faults.

I was happy with how I played after 4-1 though, I started hitting much better and hit a lot of deep shots. He came to net a bunch, so I hit some great lobs and passing shots.

Question: how do you guys deal when you're having a BAD return day? My return is never that great, but yesterday it was shitty. This guy had a great first serve, but still, I had a really rough time hitting properly. I tried moving back, and that helped my backhand side. On my forehand though, I just kept trying to chip it back in, and it just wasn't clicking. So if you're facing a good server and your return isn't like it usually is...what kind of changes do you make?

Aaron.
Apr 25th, 2010, 01:04 AM
Played a match against this guy yesterday, he was way better than I expected!

I lost 6-4 6-4, but it didn't seem that close because I was down 4-1 in both sets before coming back. The first set was easily the worst I've played in a long time - framed like 4 backhands, and was so inconsistent. My serve, which is more of a bunt :lol: but is really reliable was bad, hit a whole bunch of double faults.

I was happy with how I played after 4-1 though, I started hitting much better and hit a lot of deep shots. He came to net a bunch, so I hit some great lobs and passing shots.

Question: how do you guys deal when you're having a BAD return day? My return is never that great, but yesterday it was shitty. This guy had a great first serve, but still, I had a really rough time hitting properly. I tried moving back, and that helped my backhand side. On my forehand though, I just kept trying to chip it back in, and it just wasn't clicking. So if you're facing a good server and your return isn't like it usually is...what kind of changes do you make?

Well my coach tells me to stand behind baseline and as my opponet is tossing the ball split step and take a 2-3 steps forward. I have no idea why he tells me do this but I guess it has something to do with being more alert and cutting off the out-wide angle methinks.

Also you need to shorten your back swing look at some youtube videos of federer returning big serves he moves in a little and cuts the ball off with a abbreviated groundstroke motion

But it usally helps with returns when I do this..Try it next time you play

Ryan
Apr 25th, 2010, 01:12 AM
Well my coach tells me to stand behind baseline and as my opponet is tossing the ball split step and take a 2-3 steps forward. I have no idea why he tells me do this but I guess it has something to do with being more alert and cutting off the out-wide angle methinks.

Also you need to shorten your back swing look at some youtube videos of federer returning big serves he moves in a little and cuts the ball off with a abbreviated groundstroke motion

But it usally helps with returns when I do this..Try it next time you play



Thanks man. So, step forward during the toss? I have a feeling this would screw up my forehand return even more, but yeah it definitely has you on your toes instead of flat-footed I guess.


I'll try shortening my forehand swing on the return, thanks. I usually don't take big swings on it anyway, but with my grip its tough anyway. I'll def watch Fed returning serves and see if that helps too.

ArturoAce.
Apr 25th, 2010, 01:27 AM
Played a match against this guy yesterday, he was way better than I expected!

I lost 6-4 6-4, but it didn't seem that close because I was down 4-1 in both sets before coming back. The first set was easily the worst I've played in a long time - framed like 4 backhands, and was so inconsistent. My serve, which is more of a bunt :lol: but is really reliable was bad, hit a whole bunch of double faults.

I was happy with how I played after 4-1 though, I started hitting much better and hit a lot of deep shots. He came to net a bunch, so I hit some great lobs and passing shots.

Question: how do you guys deal when you're having a BAD return day? My return is never that great, but yesterday it was shitty. This guy had a great first serve, but still, I had a really rough time hitting properly. I tried moving back, and that helped my backhand side. On my forehand though, I just kept trying to chip it back in, and it just wasn't clicking. So if you're facing a good server and your return isn't like it usually is...what kind of changes do you make?

I'm the same boat as you, returns of serve are by far my worst shot. I hit like 200 inside out backhands with the ball machine today, lol. Usually on one of these days, I will chip with some weird spins. The worst thing to do for me is to take a full swing, it will just go out of control. Just try to take the ball early and use their pace, and make sure to plant your feet and push forward and try to not let it pull you back.

igralec33
Apr 25th, 2010, 10:06 PM
After 10 hours I am going to play my first match this year against friend. :) Can't wait. :bounce: Just wonder if I will play good as usually my first matches because I always miss playing tennis so much when it's winter here. And I'm always so exicting about first match of year for me. Now have to go sleep that I will be fit for tommorow match and hopefully will win even though I didn't beat her before (yes, she is girl - but she is so f***ing good :lol:).

Justin SW
Apr 26th, 2010, 12:32 AM
I have a match tomorrow against a club player. Should be easy shit :p

lol

Cakeisgood
Apr 26th, 2010, 12:47 AM
Yesterday, I lost 6-3 7-5 in probably the worst match of my life.
My game is based on footspeed and defense (ala JJ), but it was a morning match, which I'm not used to, and I was sooooooooooooooo sluggish. My legs just weren't moving, and they were tight from the onset, despite a lot of stretching.
It was only close because I ended up moonballing at the end of each set :help:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 26th, 2010, 05:36 AM
Ugh, now that the seasons change I don't have tennis anymore. But it'll come back in Term 4. While I played, I won three matches for my school and lost two. I miss tennis competitions. :sad:

igralec33
Apr 26th, 2010, 10:32 AM
After 10 hours I am going to play my first match this year against friend. :) Can't wait. :bounce: Just wonder if I will play good as usually my first matches because I always miss playing tennis so much when it's winter here. And I'm always so exicting about first match of year for me. Now have to go sleep that I will be fit for tommorow match and hopefully will win even though I didn't beat her before (yes, she is girl - but she is so f***ing good :lol:).
Just played it. And this was just :help: Don't think I played any my tennis match so bad. I'm totally off. My shape is disaster and my physical fitness/condition is worst ever. I really played so bad. :confused: Lost 1-6, 4-6. In first set she lead 3-0 then I won next game on my serve and she won next 3 games. In 2nd set she was 5-2 up and I made mini comeback to 5-4, served for 5-5 and have 30-15 on my serve but then made DF and two UE with forehand. :( I was so tired after match. I have to rebuild my game - my service is so weak now (I served only 1 ace today :help:), I made million UEs with FH and BH. Also my net was so bad (won only 2 points on net). Only shot I still can make it well is drop shot - this was by far my best shot today. :D I made only one UE with it and played that kind of shot a lot today (reason why is I was too tired that I could play power-game or serve&volley). :) I think I have to work on my physical fitness/condition that I will be possible to play more agressive. ;)

Justin SW
Apr 27th, 2010, 04:07 AM
I have a match tomorrow against a club player. Should be easy shit :p

lol

I won 60 60 with Ribs fractures :lol:

Territory
Apr 27th, 2010, 04:13 AM
Well I had my first go at playing a tennis tournament on the weekend. You can check out my results here (http://tournaments.tennis.com.au/sport/player.aspx?id=75B3EAD6-9A11-423C-9792-385881DB3260&player=50):

I was pretty happy overall with how I went. I lost pretty badly in the Open matches against players that have Australian rankings. I could have played better but wasn't expected to win. It kinda sucked though, that my game crumbled against the better players. I spose that's what training helps you avoid. In my social event matches, with the pressure off, I played well and did well.

I really enjoyed the weekend though. It was great that this little tournament was held in my little hometown. Can't wait til next year! :)

Adrian.
Apr 29th, 2010, 04:55 PM
3dt match, 3dt win:hearts:

Adrian. def. Brother of Adrian. 5-7 6-1 10-7 :hearts::hearts:

By far the best match in matter of service, backhand and movement :yeah:
The forehand was sometimes on but also off for a looooong time:tape:

I had 40-0* in the first game but couldn't take any of these 3 BP's and my brother served it out. I got broken at *30-40 then and was behind again 0-2* :tape:
Then I came back to 2-2*, my brother hold and broke me again:tape: 2-4* Again I could break back and hold my service later on, as well my brother could and I had to serve at *4-5 to stay in the set. It ended badly:o 0-40 and 3 SP for my brother :lol: But somehow I managed to get out of it with some nice 1st serves and tried to break him at 5-5* but failed to take 2 BP's at 40-15* :tape:
My brother hold and I had again big problems, altough having 40-15 and 40-30... he had SP #4,5,6 and 7, which I could all save with 2 Ace's and 2 service winner's but then I DF'ed and made a stupid FH fault and he won the set 5-7 :sobbing:

In the 2nd set there was no real history, I was :fiery: and bashing the ball harder than ever, again with many UE's but also with some really nice winner's all over the court. :cheer:

In the final TB, I was quick up with *5-2 and 9-4*, made 2 UE's on return and 1 DF (*9-7) but managed to serve a nice 1st serve in the court and afterwards I ended it with a drop-shot:haha:

I'm really happy, as it was a real good match and I lost my first 1st set in this season. Anyway, I need much training, because my brother was just throughing the ball into the field on 2nd serve and I hardly made a point on return.

no-hay-igual
Apr 29th, 2010, 06:51 PM
I just beat the Under 18 Lancashire Champion a couple of days ago, 10-7 in the champs tie break after 1 set all. However, i am now paying the price now that my shoulder has decided to fail on me :(

¤CharlDa¤
Apr 30th, 2010, 04:21 AM
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentacceptancelist.asp?tournament=1100021731&event=&order=Position

Yes, number 22, it's me :D I'm so excited, didn't think I'd get in, but by the same time next week I'll be sleeping in my Naples hotel!

Was going on a trip anyways, tried to sign up, and ended up entering qualies. I'm psyched!

Territory
Apr 30th, 2010, 04:33 AM
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentacceptancelist.asp?tournament=1100021731&event=&order=Position

Yes, number 22, it's me :D I'm so excited, didn't think I'd get in, but by the same time next week I'll be sleeping in my Naples hotel!

Was going on a trip anyways, tried to sign up, and ended up entering qualies. I'm psyched!

That's awesome! Good luck!

igralec33
Apr 30th, 2010, 09:05 AM
Today I played new match against same opponent as previous time and again lost. :rolleyes: But I played so much better today. :D I lost 6-7(6) 1-6. In first set I played really well - start to serving and hold for love and the break in second game. She break for 2-1 and until 3-3 we were tied. Then I break for 5-3 and served for first ... but choked. I had 30-00 on my service but then she played some amazing shots. So, she break for 4-5, hold for 5-5, I hold for 6-5, she hold for 6-6. In tiebreak it was tied until 3-3, then she won 3 points in a row and lead 6-3. I saved 3 SPs for 6-6 but she won next two and won first set. In second I was really angry on myself that wasted nice chances (even though I didn't have SP) and played more agressive but she played even better as I did. She fast lead 5-0 then I won game on my service and have 00-30 on her serve (in next game) but she won next 4 points and won a match. I really played much better than previous time but my mentality is problem. :lol: Today I didn't do so much UEs and also have much more winners (I especially proud of my backhand winner - this shot was on juncture baseline and outline for doubles :D). Again my service still isn't the best - only 2 aces again (one on 2nd service :inlove:) but some good 1st services as well. My service isn't constant - I served today also 3 DFs in a row. :rolleyes: But I think things are going better. :D

Aaron.
May 1st, 2010, 12:37 AM
Played today in a USTA Boys 18 Singles tournament

I won 6-1 6-1 and will play the number one seed tomorrow at 12:30 so no pressure :)

but yeah this guy was really inconsistent he hit about 10 double faults and after those 10 he would serve an ace then hit 10 more..lol. But I played pretty good I hit 2 aces out wide that he didnt even touch I normally don't hit aces so this suprised me a little and felt pretty good. My groundstrokes were more consistent then his after like the 3rd ball he would go for a winner and miss badly or he would hit a poor drop shot and give me a easy ball to rip.

But all in all a easy match I hate playing the first match of the tournament because I'm always nervous but a win's a win!

northern lad
May 1st, 2010, 04:12 AM
just played against egalite. he won 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

i won a set :woohoo:

we played on har-tru this time. i :hearts: clay.

i was equal parts stosur and jankovic. i sliced my finger open opening a can of balls and slammed my shin with the follow through from a serve, and i framed like 20 shots that went in. :inlove:

Joe.
May 1st, 2010, 10:58 AM
Had to pull out of tourny this weekend. Shoulder is still being a bitch. :sad:

Territory
May 1st, 2010, 12:42 PM
I played interclub competition today. I was out drinking til 3am the night before and my match was at 1pm. I was a bit hungover! :(

So I was making lots of mistakes at the start and lost the first 5-7 and kept playing stupidly going down 1-4 in the 2nd until i finally got my shit together and won 5-7 6-4 6-3. In the 2nd half of the match there were not many UEs so lots of good rallies and winners.

Then we had the doubles match which we won 6-4 6-3. I even served my way out of a game from 0-40. That was fun. :-) My shoulder's a bit sore, but a good day. Very tired now and going to have a good night's sleep. :)

matthias
May 1st, 2010, 04:29 PM
played doubles yesterday - we won 6-2 6-3 6-4
in second set we´ve been down 1-3 and came back twice from 00-40 afterwards - lol
didn´t played good, specially my volleys sucked big time

Sammo
May 1st, 2010, 10:10 PM
Just won a match 6-0 6-1, I was in the zone for the most part of the match, ooooh it feels so goooooooood!!!

Slutiana
May 1st, 2010, 10:16 PM
Played today in a USTA Boys 18 Singles tournament

I won 6-1 6-1 and will play the number one seed tomorrow at 12:30 so no pressure :)

but yeah this guy was really inconsistent he hit about 10 double faults and after those 10 he would serve an ace then hit 10 more..lol. But I played pretty good I hit 2 aces out wide that he didnt even touch I normally don't hit aces so this suprised me a little and felt pretty good. My groundstrokes were more consistent then his after like the 3rd ball he would go for a winner and miss badly or he would hit a poor drop shot and give me a easy ball to rip.

But all in all a easy match I hate playing the first match of the tournament because I'm always nervous but a win's a win!
Well done. :cool: How did you get on today?


I have a match vs a cocky rich guy tomorrow. :lol: I beat him a couple years ago when I won the mens tournament at my club but then he beat me the year after (I was injured though) so I really need to show him who's boss tomorrow. He's really good though; he's very aggressive, just like me, and he's been playing so much recently whereas I haven't because of my back so it should be interesting.

Daniela-Is-Mine
May 2nd, 2010, 01:42 AM
On my highschool team ive just been promoted to third singles so our 'coach' made me play just a set against the second singles player. I wasnt hitting any backhands during the warm up so I wasnt thrilled to play him that day.

My opponent plays IDENTICALLY to Wozniacki but with a better first serve. every ball is different from the other one. He moves great. Can only flatten out his backhand though.

So I serve first get broken at love. I ten start hammering returns in. So it was a break fest up to 3-4. He then held and i was in no mood for a fight back so he won 6-3.
He was moving really welll and I returned well until the last game. My biggest issue was that I got one first serve in the whole match. 1 for 26 (ish). :o
Luckily I hit no double faults which can be troublesome.

¤CharlDa¤
May 2nd, 2010, 05:11 AM
1 for 26, man, how can you do that? You really have to do sthing about this man, and by that time, should have been spinning your first serve in a bit more.

Aaron.
May 2nd, 2010, 12:59 PM
Well done. :cool: How did you get on today?


I have a match vs a cocky rich guy tomorrow. :lol: I beat him a couple years ago when I won the mens tournament at my club but then he beat me the year after (I was injured though) so I really need to show him who's boss tomorrow. He's really good though; he's very aggressive, just like me, and he's been playing so much recently whereas I haven't because of my back so it should be interesting.

Ugh I lost vs the first seed in the tournament 3-6 2-6 :sad:

Well I played pretty decent but I couldnt close out the many deuce games we had which really made the difference it was much closer then the score but I couldnt take any of my chances. He had good variety sometimes he would kick serve then hit a hard flat serve so I was sorta guessing on what he was going to do next b/c he wasnt predictable. I Was way to nervous :sobbing: anyone know how to get over nerves during a match?

Aaron.
May 2nd, 2010, 01:00 PM
OH and I play again today in the losers draw I'm leaving now to go play :wavey:

My friend said I should focus on split steps and grunting to help me relax

Slutiana
May 2nd, 2010, 02:06 PM
Unlucky. :hug:

I'd say just focus on something like your strings between points, do a Hantuchova and take your time to compose yourself and grunting also helps if it isn't forced.

Just Do It
May 2nd, 2010, 03:02 PM
I won a match 7-5 6-0 :cheer: I always have a slow start. Was 0-2 and 4-5 down in the first :cheer:

The Kaz
May 2nd, 2010, 03:11 PM
I played a club Royal Tennis tournament today and won 3 out of my 4 matches to win my round robin group :p

6-8, 8-5, 8-6, 8-6

¤CharlDa¤
May 2nd, 2010, 03:55 PM
My friend said I should focus on split steps and grunting to help me relax

Split steps are a great things to concentrate on when you are nervous, cause usually the first thing that goes when you are nervous is your reaction time. Especially against a player like the one you played again, who was varying his shots, you need to react and move fast, so instead of thinking about what he will do, or what you'll do to return his serve, just think about your feet moving well and your body and mind will do the rest and react properly. And the more you do that, the less nervous you'll be.

Forgetting to split step when nervous is definitely something I do all the time and this usually works ;)

New
May 2nd, 2010, 04:31 PM
My last match was a disappointment... the tournament was horribly delayed due to rain so they gave us only a small amount of time to warm up... When i started, I was spraying shots all over the place... But my opponent I thought was just so-so as I wasn't over powered, but yet, I could not convert anything... losing the first set 1-6...

Then the whole horrible play continued to 0-5 in the second set and i was facing match points when I started to have a better feel and slowly I was edging one game at a time 1-5... then 2-5, but a serve from me in the center was called out (I can't question it as it is not on my side of the court and in a small tournament like the ones my country organised doesn't have linesman and umpire in the early rounds...) then I lost the match with what we call a sudden death format... otherwise my "ace" would have been the sudden death point and I would have gone to 3-5 and although I might have lost 3-6, but who knows since I was starting to win consecutive games...

I was busy kicking myself for getting so long to get warmed up... I was really just hitting everything out in the first 12 games before I finally settled down...

Hopefully, I'll get better next time... so I lost 1-6, 2-6 against some seeded player...:tape:

¤CharlDa¤
May 2nd, 2010, 08:05 PM
Started my clay training today for my red clay Pozzuoli Futures tourney coming up next week. I couldn't start earlier as they are just opening up outdoors here in Montreal :sad:

Was really surprised at how well I adjusted, was hitting my forehand really well especially. Then broke my strings, and it seemed my second racket was a touch too tight and really my shots weren't as good from them on. Started getting better in the end, hopefully tomorrow I'll be adjusted to the racket.

Couldn't serve for my life, but ended up winning 4-3 after being down 3-1. I really need to step it up though if I wanna have any shot at winning a match, let alone a set or a close one.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 2nd, 2010, 09:16 PM
Started my clay training today for my red clay Pozzuoli Futures tourney coming up next week. I couldn't start earlier as they are just opening up outdoors here in Montreal :sad:

Was really surprised at how well I adjusted, was hitting my forehand really well especially. Then broke my strings, and it seemed my second racket was a touch too tight and really my shots weren't as good from them on. Started getting better in the end, hopefully tomorrow I'll be adjusted to the racket.

Couldn't serve for my life, but ended up winning 4-3 after being down 3-1. I really need to step it up though if I wanna have any shot at winning a match, let alone a set or a close one.

Good luck training Charlie :bounce: I have a quick question. In your opinion, is the transition from green clay to red clay tougher in comparison from hard to green. I know our games might differ a bit, but i'm still curious to ask as i've never played on red. I'm more of a big hitter, but still pretty quick on the court. The timing of the slower balls on green clay always seem to be the most difficult for me :sad::p. On tv they seem to bounce low and DIE on red clay :lol: :)

Aaron.
May 2nd, 2010, 09:26 PM
Today I played in the consolation draw of the U18

Well this morning I played at 10:00 am and won 3-6 6-3 10-8

Yeah this guy was a lefty and I played so bad in the first set shanking balls everywhere and hitting long. This resulted in a push of the ball and ended up being down 3-6 0-2 so then I was like I'm going to lose anyway If I dont hit the ball so might as well hit it well I ended up being more consistent and won the next 5 games before closing out the second set 6-3. In the tiebreak he was really pathetic he literally pushed every ball and it was so obvious thats probally why he lost he should have just stayed with his strokes. Maybe he was tired I dont really know but I was up 9-5 in the tiebreaker before a few unforced errors came in and I finally closed it out 10-8.

Now for the Consolation Finals I lost 2-6 2-6

So fustrating that beat the people I'm supposed to beat but then when I play a better player its just like I dont know what to do. I mean the guy I played this morning was good but this guy was better. He would run around all his forehands to hit high topspin balls to my Backhand, eventually I would throw up a shortball and he would blast it into the corner.

Ugh im so fustrated right now..its like everytime I think I'm playing well I lose badly. Maybe I'm not as good as I think. I called my coach and told him my analysis of the match and he said my balls were landing too short and I needed to implement more topspin on my forehand.

My forehand is decent it just doesent penetrate the court like some of the people I play which is why I lose they all have bigger forehands then me. It also dosent help that I'm a fairly short guy only 5'8. My forehand takeback is pretty short and maybe I should go with a longer swing I dont really know atm..

So yeah need tips for getting extra topspin on my forehand

Aaron.
May 2nd, 2010, 09:27 PM
And also I'm thinking about throwing my counterpunching style out the window seeing as its not working and develop a more agressive mindset

Chorophyll
May 2nd, 2010, 10:48 PM
You don't have to be more aggressive with your pace/swing but rather your court positioning.

¤CharlDa¤
May 3rd, 2010, 03:06 AM
Good luck training Charlie :bounce: I have a quick question. In your opinion, is the transition from green clay to red clay tougher in comparison from hard to green. I know our games might differ a bit, but i'm still curious to ask as i've never played on red. I'm more of a big hitter, but still pretty quick on the court. The timing of the slower balls on green clay always seem to be the most difficult for me :sad::p. On tv they seem to bounce low and DIE on red clay :lol: :)

I'll be brutally honest: I've never played on real red clay before either :lol: I'm training on green clay as its the only thing we have here, and hopefully the transition will be easier than from hard to red clay, which I'm quite sure it will. I'm planning on training on site on the Friday of the sign in to get some red clay timing, but honestly it's more of a nice surprise to me to be playing that tournament, and I'm just hoping I can do a decent showing like my two Futures in March. I'll tell ya on saturday how red clay is, and it also seems to be rainy in Naples, which means even slower and muggier :fiery: ;)

As far as my game goes, my backhand is definitely my best shot indoors and on hard, as it is incredibly flat and I can hit it pretty much as hard as I can. On the other hand, its not really effective much on clay, and thus my forehand which is a touch more spinny does wonders on clay. I tried to roll my backhand in more today (a la Wozniacki, meaning more margin but also her best 'attacking' shot) and it worked well before the string break. Hopefully this racket won't break til I get to Italy, but I doubt it, I've been breaking them so often recently.

3 more nights and I'm on my way :D

CrossCourt~Rally
May 3rd, 2010, 03:35 AM
Thanks for the response Charlie :D. I really hope the courts dry out before u arrive :rain: A wet red clay court can only make things more diffucult to figure out :lol: :p

All the best this weekend! :rocker2:

ArturoAce.
May 4th, 2010, 02:39 AM
played a league tournament today, only got to the QF's: double bagel for the first match :drool: and 5-7 3-6 in the QF's.
first time playing singles since my freshman year, i did pretty decent. my volley's were lethal today, just had a hard time finding winners from the baseline.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 4th, 2010, 02:50 AM
played a league tournament today, only got to the QF's: double bagel for the first match :drool: and 5-7 3-6 in the QF's.
first time playing singles since my freshman year, i did pretty decent. my volley's were lethal today, just had a hard time finding winners from the baseline.

Congrats :yeah: I really need to practice my volleys :lol:. They've been a bit too "loopy" lately :p

égalité
May 4th, 2010, 03:00 AM
just played against egalite. he won 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

i won a set :woohoo:

we played on har-tru this time. i :hearts: clay.

i was equal parts stosur and jankovic. i sliced my finger open opening a can of balls and slammed my shin with the follow through from a serve, and i framed like 20 shots that went in. :inlove:

omg clay :hysteric: :help:

let's never play on that surface again k?

ArturoAce.
May 4th, 2010, 03:07 AM
Congrats :yeah: I really need to practice my volleys :lol:. They've been a bit too "loopy" lately :p

I think watching all those doubles really helped me. Went Lisa Raymond on their ass! :armed:

LightsOut!
May 4th, 2010, 11:10 AM
I wanted to go playing yesterday, but when we arrived, there was a big sign saying: all courts closed until after Wednesday... I had been looking forward so much to playing again and then this..! :sad:... But that's life if you play on Red Clay and it keeps raining for days..! I really turned into a clay specialist, I'm much worse on Carpet and on grass (haven't ever played HC though)... but I don't like fast surfaces.

northern lad
May 5th, 2010, 02:00 AM
omg clay :hysteric: :help:

let's never play on that surface again k?

right, because me losing 2, 0 & 0 is so much fun :weirdo:

i live near some red clay courts now :inlove:

Cakeisgood
May 5th, 2010, 05:11 AM
OMG I lost 7-5 5-7 6-0 today :sobbing:

I had 5-4 30-30 in the 2nd set, lost that game and was useless afterwards.
I'm such a headcase :sobbing:

Slutiana
May 5th, 2010, 06:14 AM
I'll be brutally honest: I've never played on real red clay before either :lol: I'm training on green clay as its the only thing we have here, and hopefully the transition will be easier than from hard to red clay, which I'm quite sure it will. I'm planning on training on site on the Friday of the sign in to get some red clay timing, but honestly it's more of a nice surprise to me to be playing that tournament, and I'm just hoping I can do a decent showing like my two Futures in March. I'll tell ya on saturday how red clay is, and it also seems to be rainy in Naples, which means even slower and muggier :fiery: ;)

As far as my game goes, my backhand is definitely my best shot indoors and on hard, as it is incredibly flat and I can hit it pretty much as hard as I can. On the other hand, its not really effective much on clay, and thus my forehand which is a touch more spinny does wonders on clay. I tried to roll my backhand in more today (a la Wozniacki, meaning more margin but also her best 'attacking' shot) and it worked well before the string break. Hopefully this racket won't break til I get to Italy, but I doubt it, I've been breaking them so often recently.

3 more nights and I'm on my way :D
Wow. Good luck! How did your earlier futures results go?

Singleniacki
May 5th, 2010, 08:12 AM
The other day I won 5-7 6-4 7-6(2)

My first 3rd set tiebreak :cheer:

I was down 2 matchpoints at 5-6 as well :)

But to be honest, we both were playing pretty bad :lol:

LightsOut!
May 5th, 2010, 08:34 AM
The other day I won 5-7 6-4 7-6(2)

My first 3rd set tiebreak :cheer:

I was down 2 matchpoints at 5-6 as well :)

But to be honest, we both were playing pretty bad :lol:

:yeah::lol::D

Singleniacki
May 5th, 2010, 10:43 AM
:yeah::lol::D

:kiss:

The Witch-king
May 5th, 2010, 12:25 PM
Maybe I'm not
as good as I think. noooo don't say that! It wuz just lucky shots and you weren't at your best :hug: (lol whatever people say, that mentality actually helps, even if it's not true. U must never doubt yourself!)

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LightsOut!
May 5th, 2010, 09:07 PM
:kiss:

I also won today :D... 6-0, 6-1, 4 Aces, 1 DF (on MP :sad:, I really thought, I could end this match as the first of 2010 without DFs :help:)...

My opponent hadn't played for 7 months and... you could see that. He isn't a bad tennis player but I am better :devil:

I bet, in real tennis, Nthama would beat Lulu!

matthias
May 6th, 2010, 07:51 AM
omg - Sunday i have to play with my Team the first Tie of the 2010 Season
and now i found out our Opponents have grey-clay-courts
not the red one we usually play.
It will be the first time i play on this grey stuff.
I played on indoor carpet, and on hardcourts but never on this grey clay.
I hope it isn´t much faster...

finger crossed for me

LightsOut!
May 6th, 2010, 09:44 AM
Viel Glück!!

Singleniacki
May 6th, 2010, 01:24 PM
I also won today :D... 6-0, 6-1, 4 Aces, 1 DF (on MP :sad:, I really thought, I could end this match as the first of 2010 without DFs :help:)...

My opponent hadn't played for 7 months and... you could see that. He isn't a bad tennis player but I am better :devil:

I bet, in real tennis, Nthama would beat Lulu!

:inlove:
Probably :lol:
I just slice drop shot and moonball :inlove:

¤CharlDa¤
May 7th, 2010, 10:52 PM
Wow. Good luck! How did your earlier futures results go?

My other two were alright I guess. Faced a muscle monster (who was ranked much higher than me) in Montreal, ended up losing 6-2 6-4 and playing really well, so I was happy.

In Sherbrooke, I faced a guy that was totally beatable (a touch higher ranked), and couldn't put a ball in to save my life. Ended up losing 7-5 6-0.

Sooooo...It is official, I am in the qualies draw of 15k Pozzuoli, facing an unranked 18 year old from Italy in the first round. He is kinda in the same situation I am with his pro experience, so I'm hopeful I can find my clay game and do decent.

I got some practice time earlier with a guy from Japan, wasn't hitting that bad, framing a bit, and not serving well. Red clay wasn't much different than green I found, even though the conditions were muggy. I am happy about that, maybe my training earlier will be of use finally. Playing tomorrow not before 15h00, though weather is gonna be quite bad. I'll have to make it all the way over there from Naples anyways though, so I'll bring a book for sure ;)

Ryan
May 7th, 2010, 11:12 PM
Good luck CharlDa! :rocker:

Carotastrophe
May 8th, 2010, 12:37 AM
Good Luck against Marco Sanges, Charles David Mathieu Poulin.

¤CharlDa¤
May 8th, 2010, 09:39 AM
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!

Slutiana
May 8th, 2010, 11:17 AM
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 (:help:) 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! :help:). 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. :help:



Good Luck against Marco Sanges, Charles David Mathieu Poulin.
:lol:
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!
Good luck!

Dave.
May 8th, 2010, 03:46 PM
I just lost a tournament match 6-4 4-6 6-4. :bigcry: It really shouldn't have got that close though as I couldn't hit a forehand to save my life. I was messing around with changing my grip a couple of days ago and just could not get it in. Really disappointed. However I do compete alot better now than I used to and am pleased I managed to take it to 3. Don't have a tournament for a couple of months now. :mad:


I think watching all those doubles really helped me. Went Lisa Raymond on their ass! :armed:

:hearts: :worship:

Ferg
May 8th, 2010, 06:54 PM
Won my match 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-3 today. Pleased because it was a good match in windy conditions, and I choked twice and still won. (5-3 in the first, 5-2 in the second.)

¤CharlDa¤
May 8th, 2010, 10:05 PM
Well, I got crushed 1 and 0 :lol:

Started fine, won my serve to level at 1-1, got a bp for 2-1, broke a string. Then 1-2 30-30, broke another string. No idea why this happened. Then the third and last racket I had just was weird too, couldn't serve over the tape of the net, and framed so many balls. Red clay really wasn't working for me today, and my opponent was spinning and sliding like Nadal on a good day. Meh.

Atmosphere was great though. Played on central court, with umpire and scoreboard, the crowd was into it, especially when I barely hit the umpire with a framed ball (general laughter). My opponent was nice, and the people seemed excited a Canadian made it all the way in Italy, in their little city, for a tournament (especially because I meant a win for one of theirs ;) )

Overall a nice experience despite the score. Now the bad turns into good: going to the beach in one of the nicest places on earth tomorrow :hearts:

Drake1980
May 8th, 2010, 10:53 PM
CD!:worship: I'm so happy for you. I saw the pictures on facebook and it looks so awesome there! Enjoy every moment!:D

darrinbaker00
May 9th, 2010, 04:37 AM
Won my match 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-3 today. Pleased because it was a good match in windy conditions, and I choked twice and still won. (5-3 in the first, 5-2 in the second.)
If you won, then you didn't choke. Good job. :yeah:

matthias
May 9th, 2010, 04:21 PM
today i lost in a tie with my team
0-6 7-5 7-10
i was donw 2-4 in second set but came back, but the f*cking super-Tiebreak.....
i won my doubles after a great performence 6:3 6:4, i played some great volleys (usually i´m really bad when it come to volleys)
i also played great return in doubles

in the end my team lost 4-5
the sad thing is we lost 3 matches on Supertiebreaks :(

Carotastrophe
May 10th, 2010, 05:45 AM
Today there was a few showers, but i was lucky as i played my match in a indoor tennis court in the Del Norte Club. I won 6-3, 6-3. it is this thing where there is this association to teach tennis and there are lessons in various places. All the people being taught by this association is paired up to play each other. then we play doubles with another player. Today me and my partner lost, 3-6, 5-7 :( 2 set points where not enough

1handedbackhand
May 10th, 2010, 10:58 PM
Played a 4.0 tournament this weekend. It was VERY windy and that is my achille's heel.

I made it to the semis and lost 0 and 3.
There was a bit of tension in the match because I yelled and cursed and accidentally almost hit my opponent with the ball, so a tournament referee came to monitor the match.

I'm so annoyed I'm not going to watch or play tennis for a good while.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 11th, 2010, 03:58 AM
Nice effort Charlie :hug:. Now go bronze that twink bod and enjoy the rest of your stay in Italy ;):bounce:

Dani12
May 11th, 2010, 08:45 AM
Club championships. Got through my group undefeated for 18/u.

won first match 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, second 6-4, 6-3, and third 6-3 6-2. Final is tomorrow, fingers crossed :)

Jarl_02
May 17th, 2010, 02:18 AM
Yesterday I play a small tournament and it was pretty interesting. We had to play a pro set and let me tell you about the matches.

In the first match I played against a man who has been playing tennis for several months, it was really easy but I wasn't hitting the ball really well, it was the first tournament I played this year but I won 8-0. The interesting part is that when I was serving 4-0 I heard a yell, Sharapova-like and I could understand why becuase we were playing an only-men tournament so it was really weird. When I saw the match going on next to my court, there was this guy playing tennis like Monica Niculescu and screaming like Sharapova.

In the second match I defeated a ballbasher 8-1, I served extremetaly well. It was very easy becuase the guy made a ton of UEs.

In the semifinals I had to play Monica Sharapova, the guy who was screaming. I don't know what happened with my serve, I just couldn't get a serve in, it was awful and the game style of my opponent was really awkward and I lost 8-3. When I was serving 3-6 I hit an ace on BP and Monica Sharapova call it out like 30 seconds later, I was so pissed off and told him if he didn't have a mouth to make the call, he told he couldn't scream anymore becuase he had been screaming all day, I told him: Of course, becuase you're fucking Sharapova :lol:

At the end of the day, I learnt my lesson, I love Sharapova but the screaming part in annoying.

I can't wait for next week and get my revenge :devil:

LightsOut!
May 17th, 2010, 08:54 AM
My first interclub match in 6 years... I was sooooooooo nervous!
I won the first set 6-1... I could hardly believe it.
In the second set, I smashed an easy ball from like half a meter away from the net... straight into the net :help:
That was the only point I lost in the second set :lol:
I ruled the court!!!
6-1, 6-0 (and 6-2, 6-2 in doubles :inlove:,,, I didn't face a singles break point :yeah:)

darrinbaker00
May 17th, 2010, 02:35 PM
My first interclub match in 6 years... I was sooooooooo nervous!
I won the first set 6-1... I could hardly believe it.
In the second set, I smashed an easy ball from like half a meter away from the net... straight into the net :help:
That was the only point I lost in the second set :lol:
I ruled the court!!!
6-1, 6-0 (and 6-2, 6-2 in doubles :inlove:,,, I didn't face a singles break point :yeah:)
At least you actually hit the ball, unlike that Federer dude on match point yesterday. ;)

Slutiana
May 17th, 2010, 03:29 PM
Played doubles for my club against another club yesterday. I was playing with a guy who i'd never even met before and in the first match we lost to their second team (two old but really crafty men) easily. I didn't play too badly but I missed a few sitters at the net and my partner was averaging at least 3 DFs a game which really didn't help us.

Then we played their first team, they were two really tall and young guys. One was around my age, about 18, and the other one was in his 20s and they had big serves and very good volleys. Amazingly it all just clicked for us and we played so well, I was just smacking down aces and return winners even off some of their first serves or else lobbing the guy already at the net and then putting away a drive volley, and my partner's DFs turned into second serve aces and we just MURDERED them 6-1 6-0. We even had a break point at 5-0 in the first.

It just felt so good to hit the ball well again.

At least you actually hit the ball, unlike that Federer dude on match point yesterday. ;)
http://i41.tinypic.com/2yukaqh.gif

:worship:

matthias
May 17th, 2010, 06:37 PM
i had the 2nd tie this weekend with my team
we lost our first tie 4-5
and this weekend we faced our toughest opponent and they won her first tie with 8-1.
it was fucking cold, just around 5°C.
since i was #5 in my team i had to wait, our #2 played a good match but lost on SuperTiebreak.
the other two matches went bad for us too and so i stepped with a 0-3 on court
My opponent was a player with a skill-level 15, my skill-level is 18 (1 = ATP top 500 players, 23 = Beginner)
so he was 3 Level higher then me, and i expected to loose, but my goal was to give him at least a good fight.
It was still freezing cold and as i stepped on court i was shaking like a leaf :lol:

He served first and was leading 40-15, then he served 3 DF in a row to give me a BP, and so i was able to break him.
My first service game was tight, he played many slice backhands and when i was to short he was attacking the net, but mostly i was able to pass him or i played a good short ball and so he had to play a very deep volley, and so i held.
On his serve he gifted me few more DF and the 2nd Break.
i held again and so i was up 4-0.
Then he started to serve a bit better and his forehand came better into play, and so he broke back.
I was able to break him again and had a 5-2 lead.
From this point he played much better and i was way to short on so he won 4 games in a row to take the lead at 6-5
For my own surprise i stayed cool and wasn´t nervous at all, i held my serve and so we had to play a tiebreak.
i took a 2-0 lead, and then we played the crucial point.
It was the first real hard-hitting ralley in this match, he tried to overpower me but i was able to take on his power and then i played a great Forehnad longline for the 3-0 lead, and in the end i won the tiebreak 7-4 (usually i´m very bad when it comes to tiebreak)
i was really happy about this first step, and i thought "Supertiebreak is already safe"
In 2nd set he really served well and i was mentally a bit empty, i tried a few stupid shots and missed them all, at least at the first few games, and so he took a fast 4-0 lead.
I caught myself thinking "don´t care if you get bageled, you will win the supertiebreak"
I got better at the end of the 2nd set, and had few chances to win at least one game, but i missed it and so i had to eat the bagel.
Supertiebreak started, and i don´t know why, but he seemed to be very nervous.
I was really relaxed again, after Unforced errors i yelled a bit, but then i focused on the next point, and after each point for me i pushed myself and said to myseld stuff like "move good, work good, and then you can force him into a Unforced Errors"
at 3-3 we had to change sides, and then again 8-4 for me.
i can remember how i said to myself "keep focused, 4 points are nothing in a SuperTiebreak"
he came back to 8-6, and then after a long rally i won the 9th point who give me a triple Matchpoint.
This was the first time i got nervous in this match, i was afraid to loose after holding triple matchpoint. My forehand went long and so it was 9-7
On my second Matchpoint i tried to attack the net again, but i caught him halfway with a short ball and he missed another deep volley
and so i won 7-6(4) 0-6 10-7
:woohoo:

overall me and my team lost 2-7 :(

1handedbackhand
May 20th, 2010, 05:19 AM
OMG guys, I'm in the final of a Men's Open tournament.


It's called the 'Your Name Here' tournament sponsored by Babolat. Basically this is the first year and if you win, the tournament is named after you the next year. How freaking cool is that!!

Anyhow I won my SF match tonight 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

I wasn't hitting through the first serve in the first set so I wasn't putting any pressure on my opponent. Also his slice backhand really bothered me. I made many errors trying to aggressively return that shot. The first 4 games I was hitting my shots but then after that nothing went in.

2nd set, I slowed my game down. I went back to my less aggressive game. Lots of deep topspin, longer rallies, working the point. Eventually I started to time my return of his backhand slice much better. Also I hit one perfect first serve and that was all it took for me to start grooving the serve.

It was still a HUGE battle. LOTS of long duece games. I served for it at 5-4 and choked :o
My opponent was very vocal with his fist pumps and come ons on the simplest of my errors. At one point he yelled come on when he thought he had hit a winner and I got to it and hit my own winner :lol: Then I gave him the Serena staredown :tape:

Anyway battled it out to 6-5 and after like 4 dueces and 2 set points wasted I finally closed it out. I was so tight in the 2nd set I vowed to bring it in the 3rd.

3rd set, I went back to my aggressive game, which was a gamble. I had gotten the timing of my shots, esp my 1 handed backhand so I felt I could hit with a lot more pace now. It paid off. Lots of big hitting and smart play (if I may say so myself) and I was up 5-2. No choking this time and I closed it out at love.

I saw the guy I play in the final. Since it is an Open tournament anyone of any level can play. This guy has to be at least a 5.0
His serve is :eek: It is not the flat serve I am worried about. Those are cake. It was his kick serve.
It was bouncing above his opponents head.
If I'm timing the ball well, I don't have a problem taking it on the rise at shoulder level, hitting a topspin drive deep thus neutralising the serve.
I hope I can do this tomorrow.
Either way I am very proud of winning my SF match and can't wait to play my final.

LightsOut!
May 20th, 2010, 10:56 AM
win it!

Joe.
May 20th, 2010, 06:16 PM
I played my first full match in what seems like FOREVER. :lol:
Basically my coach had organised a friendly match between the top juniors from my club, and the local college team (who won the national schools competition last year). He coaches both teams and I had to play this 18 year old. Im only 14 and to begin with I played AMAZING and I won the first set 6-2 :D. However, I then started to get too far ahead of myself (I started thinking about what the final scoreline would be; i was thinking i could finish it in 2 easy sets:p)and he started serving amazing; i quickly lost the 2nd set 6-1. :o However I won the Champions tie break which we play instead of a full 3rd set 10-5 and in doing so picked up just my 2nd win on grass. :D

I think I should mention that the final score after all matches were played was 4-10 to the college academy. :sad:

égalité
May 22nd, 2010, 12:04 AM
I played this guy with one arm and I lost 6-3 6-2 :speakles:

He was crazy good though. Great one-handed backhand :sobbing:

hdfb
May 22nd, 2010, 02:16 PM
I played this guy with one arm and I lost 6-3 6-2 :speakles:

He was crazy good though. Great one-handed backhand :sobbing:

How did he toss the ball to serve?

miffedmax
May 22nd, 2010, 03:11 PM
My son and I played a just for shits and giggles tournament last night. We lost our first match to a couple of junior boys 6-2, beat a junior girls team 6-0, lost to another father/son team 6-4 and lost to an adult mixed team 7-6(4).

I was the weak link in every match but the first one, where we both pretty blew. My son was a veritable Elena Dementieva, and I did my "Vee on a bad day" forehand.

silyaunWILLIAMS
May 22nd, 2010, 06:38 PM
In my first League match at my tennis club I played I won 6-4 6-2. The guy was a lefty but didn't actually know how to hit it wide on the AD-court.

First set

During the first two games I played like Venus at Wimbledon, holding and breaking to 15. Then I sort of left the court mentally and before I knew it, he was a break up, serving for 5-3. On game point, 40-30, he hit about 20 short balls and I didn't come in on any. (:help:) But (Luckily) I won the point and broke to level it at 4-4. I then held serve to 30 and confidently held for the set.

Second Set

At this point I was in my groove, shouting 'adje' every few points, smacking winners right left and centre, making few unforced errors and serving live gernades. At 5-2 I then hit 3 double-faults in a row. Then it was an ace, a service winner, and possibly the longest point of my life. Deuce. I then served it out quickly! YaY!

Joe.
May 23rd, 2010, 02:29 PM
I just lost 6-3 6-2 to some man who sliced EVERYTHING.
I'm not used to that....It really made me realise how differently different generations play. This man was about 40, sliced everything. All my fellow juniors hit with a lot of top spin and I just found it really hard adapting my game today. :sad:

EDIT: I was also playing in 30C heat. Thats like really hot for England, especially in may.

miffedmax
May 23rd, 2010, 02:35 PM
Classic old man tennis!

Jose.
May 23rd, 2010, 04:17 PM
This weekend I will be back playing tournaments in Portugal. :bounce:
Will play in Espinho on artificial grass courts :scared: Has anyone played in art. grass? I need some tips :shrug:

Ferg
May 23rd, 2010, 05:32 PM
:sobbing:

Won a four hour tennis match in 27C heat today (its hot for Ireland!), 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 14-12. I had 2 Ms at 7-6, and he had two at 9-8.

égalité
May 23rd, 2010, 06:14 PM
How did he toss the ball to serve?

His left arm ends right below the elbow, so he tosses the ball with his right hand, hold his racquet under his left armpit, switches the racquet to his right hand after he tosses the ball, and then serves.

Singleniacki
May 23rd, 2010, 06:15 PM
This weekend I will be back playing tournaments in Portugal. :bounce:
Will play in Espinho on artificial grass courts :scared: Has anyone played in art. grass? I need some tips :shrug:

It's very common in australia.

It also depends on what the court is like basically all i can say it's really just like a crappy hard court. the ball bounces less fast and not as high, the tough thing is to have correct foot work as the court can be very annoying to me anyway :rolls:

good luck :yeah:

Oh and also the ball skids alot, so slices and flat shots are more effective :)

1handedbackhand
May 24th, 2010, 07:35 PM
I got injured in my elbow while practising for the finals of open tournament and lost 6-4, 6-3.

I'm so disappointed. Every serve and forehand I hit put me in so much pain but my backhand was fine. I wanted to retire because it hurt so much, but I didn't because people had come to watch and since it is the first tournament, they taped part of it for Babolat.

I couldn't put anything on my forehand or serve and once my opponent realised this he kept hitting to my forehand.

sammy01
May 26th, 2010, 02:57 PM
i've played 2 derbyshire summer leauge matches this year so far. have won 6 of 6 super sets in them so far. 9-7, 9-8, 9-6 in a division 2 1st team match, then last night i filled in a 2nd team match (the captain is in hospital) division 5 9-1, 9-5, 9-2.

played well in the 1st team match, last night ended up with a blood soaked sock as a blister burst during the match.

Adrian.
May 26th, 2010, 03:45 PM
people, I can't hit a single BH:weirdo:
It's so frustraiting:sobbing::sobbing:

darrinbaker00
May 28th, 2010, 04:41 AM
I played my first-round match in the Men's 45 Singles (32 draw) at the Pacific Coast Seniors tournament at Berkeley Tennis Club, and I lost in straights, 2-6, 3-6. I played this guy two months ago, and I made the same mistake I did then: I got caught up in his slowball-hitting game, especially in the first set. I jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set (playing my aggressive, get-to-the-net-ASAP game), let a couple of break points go, and went into full Safina mode after that. I'm going to need TWO pints of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie to get over this one.

sammy01
May 28th, 2010, 01:35 PM
I played my first-round match in the Men's 45 Singles (32 draw) at the Pacific Coast Seniors tournament at Berkeley Tennis Club, and I lost in straights, 2-6, 3-6. I played this guy two months ago, and I made the same mistake I did then: I got caught up in his slowball-hitting game, especially in the first set. I jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set (playing my aggressive, get-to-the-net-ASAP game), let a couple of break points go, and went into full Safina mode after that. I'm going to need TWO pints of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie to get over this one.

:hug: enjoy the ice cream!


i have another 2nd team match tonight. captain is still in hospital and several players still on holiday. at least i know it will be my last 2nd team match as you are only allowed to play 9 matches per summer season and there is 7 1st team matches to be played, and this is my 2nd 2nd team fill in match.

should be a nice easy night though, shouldn't have to do too much to win my 3 sets at 2nd team level.

sammy01
May 29th, 2010, 10:01 PM
match was kind of boring friday (except it is nice to play with my friend tony), won our 3 sets 9-1, 9-7 :tape: 9-3. im now 9-0 for this summer season in mens super sets.

tennisbuddy12
Jun 4th, 2010, 03:25 AM
Today, I played my twin brother, also a poster (Kevin.) and I won, on clay 6-3,6-1
I was up 5-0 in 15 minutes, and won it 6-3. In the 2nd, I won 6 straight games to win.
We were both tired and he made so many errors. I played alright. It was our first real full match in a LONG time.

Kevin.
Jun 4th, 2010, 03:32 AM
^how about on break point he made a dropshot on the run..with his opposite hand :o

Keegan
Jun 5th, 2010, 12:33 PM
I beat my friend 6-4, 6-2 after being 1-4 down in the first set. It's the first time I've beaten him for a while too, so I'm very happy :).

Aaron.
Jun 7th, 2010, 04:44 AM
Playing a tournament this friday I'll let you know how it goes :p

Carotastrophe
Jun 7th, 2010, 05:43 AM
played a match against my friend today.. and i won.. 6-4, 6-3.. she was really good at defense but her shots were always flat so i managed to play better. She stayed in the baseline.. but she always got to my drop shots:o.. mainly because they land behing the service line :lol:.

Delfii
Jun 7th, 2010, 06:13 PM
Yesterday:sad::o 3-6 3-6 to many doble faults :mad: I played aganist a 15 years girl im just 12 :sad:

darrinbaker00
Jun 9th, 2010, 04:59 AM
I just won my first match of the K-Swiss Ultimate Tennis Summer season, 6-3, 6-2. To make it even sweeter, I beat a guy who had beaten me twice before. Instead of playing to my strengths, I played to his weaknesses (inconsistent backhand, bad footwork coming forward on short balls) and let him beat himself. My next match is against another guy I'm 0-2 against. If I said it wasn't about revenge, I'd be lying. I want this guy, and I want him BAD. :fiery:

sammy01
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:34 AM
lost my 1st summer league set last night, still won the other 2. 5-9, 9-7, 9-5. the team won 6 rubbers to 3 overall as well. im now 11 sets won out of 12 played this year.

Aaron.
Jun 11th, 2010, 03:12 AM
^^ you need to move up a level if your winning so easy

I'm playing my tournament on saturday and it's the first time I'm the number one seed. Feels so weird :sobbing:

sammy01
Jun 11th, 2010, 06:53 PM
^i play for the local club i run, the problem is we have 3 players (me, adam and chris) who are division 1 standard and 4 or 5 players who are division 3 standard. so we are in division 2 not ideal for any of us really lol.

next match is tuesday against ripley lawn tennis club.

Ferg
Jun 11th, 2010, 07:25 PM
Won a practice match 4-6 4-6 7-6 6-4 7-5. Pleased as I had several break points in the first two sets to make it 5-5, bu I held in there. My new game is coming along well so I think Im ready for the summer junior tournaments around the place.

Aaron.
Jun 11th, 2010, 08:05 PM
I play tomorrow at 8:30 pm..I got a bye being the first seed :)

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:53 PM
Playing in my first official tourney of the summer, a lower ranked tournament than what I played so far this year (which was mostly Futures and thus quite strong ;)). I just wanted to get some wins in to be ready for the tougher tourneys coming up.

Seeded second, got a bye in round one. Was supposed to play my second round this morning, but courts are wet. Playing in about an hour, and then also my quarterfinal. Should sail through, semis should be the first real test!

vw.
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:47 PM
Playing in my first official tourney of the summer, a lower ranked tournament than what I played so far this year (which was mostly Futures and thus quite strong ;)). I just wanted to get some wins in to be ready for the tougher tourneys coming up.

Seeded second, got a bye in round one. Was supposed to play my second round this morning, but courts are wet. Playing in about an hour, and then also my quarterfinal. Should sail through, semis should be the first real test!

Good luck :hearts:

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 12th, 2010, 05:03 PM
Won my first match (second round after bye) 6-4 6-3. Was down 0-40 ad-out and 1-3 15-40 :lol: Man I like to have spectacular wins.

Next match in about an hour, against a guy who should be easier. But after this morning, I don't trust myself much ;)

Aaron.
Jun 12th, 2010, 05:22 PM
Won my first match (second round after bye) 6-4 6-3. Was down 0-40 ad-out and 1-3 15-40 :lol: Man I like to have spectacular wins.

Next match in about an hour, against a guy who should be easier. But after this morning, I don't trust myself much ;) How do you keep yourself from getting nervous before a match?

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 12th, 2010, 08:37 PM
Before answering the question: I won my quarterfinal match 6-3 6-2. Not playing that well, the other guy was giving me no rhythm, but the good thing is I'm through to semis, my goal to start with. Now I can just rest my body and try my best to be ready for tomorrow. Tougher matches to come for sure.

As for your question Aaron, I can't really answer. I used to be really nervous before some matches, but nowadays i have the bad habit of not being hyped enough and coming out flat. It happened today if my second round for sure.

I think having a good preparation helps you not being nervous. If you feel like you are ready, adequately prepared, good food, good training, good mental preparation, then you go out there being ready. The one thing that helps me (and it is very Venus of me) is that when I know my opponent, I write down things on a paper, like key strategies, things to keep in mind, and I just keep it with me in my bag. Sometimes, you dont even look at it, sometimes you need do. But you are getting out there ready, with a plan, and for me it helps getting the nerves out.

Another tip: when i am really nervous, I usually choose to return first, instead of serving. Losing your return game cause you are nervous is fine, even normal. Losing a serve game and being down a break to start with can just make things more difficult!

Aaron.
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:37 PM
Congrats :)

My match is in a hour I'll let you know how it goes

Thanks for the tips

Carotastrophe
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:52 AM
Good Luck, Aaron

Aaron.
Jun 13th, 2010, 02:49 AM
I won 6-1 6-1.

Well not much to say here..I was happy with the way I played even though my opponent was inconsistent. He was a lefty and he had decent strokes but after about 3-4 balls he would make a error. I was happy with my serve I tried serving and volleying because I knew I was going to win so I wanted to work on some new things.

I play tomorrow in the semis at 2:00 I'll keep you updated

matthias
Jun 13th, 2010, 11:00 AM
Yesterday me and my Team had our 3rd Tie for this Season
unfortunally i had to work from 6am to 2pm
and the Tie was scheduled to be start at 2pm
i asked my Boss and he agreed i can leave at 1pm
but since i had a lot of work i just left at 1.20pm
i rushed home, got a shower, and arrived at 1.50pm

the match was very intensive, many really long rallies, a real clay-court match.
i broke him for a 2-1 lead in the first set, and this one break was enough to win the first set 6-4.
My Forehand was really good yesterday, and i think this was the result of my amazing Footwork.
My Footwork yesterday the best i ever did, i never stood wrong and i did a lot of small steps between each single stroke.
At the beginning of the 2nd set i felt a bit tired, a result of 8hrs of work before my match, and also a result of the energy i put on running around my weak Backhand to bring my Forehand more often into play.
I broke him at the beginning of the 2nd set
but he broke back and held for 1-2 lead
i held and broke him, and was leading 3-2
then he broke me 3-3
i broke him 4-3
he broke me 4-4
i broke him 5-4
at this point i was already empty , moving left and right wsn´t a problem at all, and i still got amazing balls back, but always when i had to move foreward my legs hurted.
But i said to myself "don´t let him know you are tired, move your ass and win this in two set"
so i served for the match at 5-4 and i knewed this time i need to hold my serve.
it was again a avery intensive game.
he was up 15-30 and then he played a long ball on my backhand side and moved to the net
but i was able to run around my backhand and hit a forehand longline from my backhand corner to make it 30-30
i think this was a very crucial point, 30-30 instead of 15-40
he never reached a Breakpoint in this Game, but i missed 3times ADV and so on Matchpoint before i used finally my 4th Matchpoint to win the match 6-4 6-4
i was really happy and empty after the match

it was also very important to win it, since it was the 4-2 for my team
i alos won my double 6-1 6-2 and so my Team won 6-3 overall :D

Shafanovic.
Jun 13th, 2010, 11:08 AM
played against my doubles partner today and won 2-6 6-2 6-4

i lead 2-1 in the first set, lost 6 games in a row 2-6 0-1 and then went up 5-1. Lost 2 SPs and went 5-2 and won the set on my 8th SP. Long deuce game.

Final set was patchy for me. Led 4-1. Lost that and he leveled 4-4. Cracked a racket and then finally won the last 5 points to win 6-4. Coming back from 0-40 on my serve at 5-4.

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 13th, 2010, 09:43 PM
Ended up winning my semifinal against the 3rd seed 2-6 6-3 6-2. Started off so bad again, was down 0-5, but fought incredibly well to get my game back, and just fight for every single point like there was no tomorrow.

Ended up losing 6-0 6-4 in the finals against the top seed, who is definitely one notch over everyone in this tournament. He coaches the Université de Montréal tennis team (arguably the best in the country) and played number 1 for them before coaching. Was just very tired and heavy in the first, but really played well in the second, took advantage of the points early, was hitting deep and smart, went up 3-1 and then 4-3, but he just was too good in the end.

Overall a great tourney for me where my game really wasn't there, but where I played smart tennis when I had to, but especially fought incredibly well and found ways to get through the matches. That's something that always makes me happy!

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:45 PM
Well done this week Charlie :yeah: :D

Aaron.
Jun 13th, 2010, 11:01 PM
Won my semifinal this morning 6-0 6-1

Won my final just an hour ago 6-0 6-3

The final was probably the best I've played all tournament. The guy I played was really tall with a big serve and he was a bit tired from his semifinal because it took 2 hours and he only a little time to rest. In the first set he was missing his serve and he didn't know what to do because he was tall and slow and couldn't stay in rallies with me. In the second set he got his serve going and I was down 2-3 but I managed to break him and keep moving him side to side. At the end he tried to serve and volley b/c he didn't even know what to do so he just tried everything.

But yeah my 2nd tournament victory this year :bounce: and hopefully more to come

darrinbaker00
Jun 14th, 2010, 04:06 AM
Won my semifinal this morning 6-0 6-1

Won my final just an hour ago 6-0 6-3

The final was probably the best I've played all tournament. The guy I played was really tall with a big serve and he was a bit tired from his semifinal because it took 2 hours and he only a little time to rest. In the first set he was missing his serve and he didn't know what to do because he was tall and slow and couldn't stay in rallies with me. In the second set he got his serve going and I was down 2-3 but I managed to break him and keep moving him side to side. At the end he tried to serve and volley b/c he didn't even know what to do so he just tried everything.

But yeah my 2nd tournament victory this year :bounce: and hopefully more to come
YOU DA MAN!!

:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

MrSerenaWilliams
Jun 14th, 2010, 04:22 AM
Played one of my friend who plays on San Jose State's tennis team.

My serve was working quite well today.

6-1 6-0. :angel:

I'm really pissed though, because I was up 0-40 on his serve @ 5-0 in the first, but I lost concentration and he wound up holding serve. DAMN DAMN DAMN.

DefyingGravity
Jun 14th, 2010, 04:31 AM
Today, I played tennis with my mom for the first time in 10 weeks, and I've got most of my skills, just felt real lethargic and slow and then had no kick serve. It was either a flat serve, slice serve, or very mild kick...which didn't bode well for me, as my mom is the Serena Williams to my Ana Ivanovic. Had we been actually playing, woulda lost prolly 6-7

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:00 PM
Good news: For the fourth time this year, I'm getting in a Futures qualifying draw :)

After Montreal, Sherbrooke and Naples, Rochester here I come!

Aaron.
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:05 PM
How tough is futures? I might want to try some after College

Delfii
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:12 PM
Working hard on my serve! Singles & Doubles tournament starting July 3rd :bounce: I need to work hard !

DefyingGravity
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:13 PM
Futures probably vary in difficulty depending on how close to slams/top tier tournaments they are, and also when the college players are in school vs. out of school.

DefyingGravity
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:14 PM
Btw, if any of you travel to Ohio at some point, we should hit...

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 15th, 2010, 10:56 PM
How tough is futures? I might want to try some after College

I'm 0-3 so far, and probably will be 0-4. I'm mostly playing them for the experience, though I have friends (that I can beat) who have won some qualy matches before.

It usually depends of where you are in the world, if it is close to a big city and how many tournaments there are in the same region in the same week. And yes, College players are usually quite abundant. If you don't have the game to be in any Division of NCAA, im guessing you'll find it rough. But I usually do, which is part of the experience.

I think it's definitely worth a try, is always a fun experience.

tennisbuddy12
Jun 15th, 2010, 11:02 PM
Btw, if any of you travel to Ohio at some point, we should hit...

I'm in Columbus, but work is killing me and I don't want to embarrass myself haha

Singleniacki
Jun 15th, 2010, 11:10 PM
Dokickass def. Me 7-6(5) 6-4 :hysteric:
Revenge soon :cheer::devil::angel:

Shafanovic.
Jun 16th, 2010, 11:14 AM
Dokickass def. Me 7-6(5) 6-4 :hysteric:
Revenge soon :cheer::devil::angel:

you've always lost against him. ==" not gonna change.

Adrian.
Jun 16th, 2010, 11:20 AM
I'm 0-3 so far, and probably will be 0-4. I'm mostly playing them for the experience, though I have friends (that I can beat) who have won some qualy matches before.

It usually depends of where you are in the world, if it is close to a big city and how many tournaments there are in the same region in the same week. And yes, College players are usually quite abundant. If you don't have the game to be in any Division of NCAA, im guessing you'll find it rough. But I usually do, which is part of the experience.

I think it's definitely worth a try, is always a fun experience.

How much do you have to pay for playing a future tournament? :)

Aaron.
Jun 16th, 2010, 12:46 PM
I'm assuming the entry fee is about 40$ if im right.

And this sucks they have a future in my hometown but only for women :o :help:

Singleniacki
Jun 16th, 2010, 01:49 PM
you've always lost against him. ==" not gonna change.

1-1 H2H in competition :inlove:

:speakles: must trek to sydney soon

DefyingGravity
Jun 16th, 2010, 04:28 PM
I'm in Columbus, but work is killing me and I don't want to embarrass myself haha

Well, any time...I'm in Hilliard.

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 16th, 2010, 04:32 PM
How much do you have to pay for playing a future tournament? :)

Yup, usually around 40 US dollars (35 usually). But you also need an IPIN now (which is around 40 bucks per year). The good thing is, if you go to the tournament sign up, but don't get in the qualy draw, they give you your money back, but you can still get to practice on the friday night and saturday with good players.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 16th, 2010, 07:42 PM
Yup, usually around 40 US dollars (35 usually). But you also need an IPIN now (which is around 40 bucks per year). The good thing is, if you go to the tournament sign up, but don't get in the qualy draw, they give you your money back, but you can still get to practice on the friday night and saturday with good players.

Cool, i'll have to get an IPIN number so we can play doubles sometime :armed::lol:;)

DefyingGravity
Jun 16th, 2010, 08:40 PM
It makes me want to get an IPIN number...is it really worth it if you do play in college?

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 16th, 2010, 10:37 PM
If you think you'll really get to play tournaments, then yes it is worth it. A lot of US tournaments have 128 draws and they are often empty, so it might be worth it if you travel.

DualMedia
Jun 17th, 2010, 01:45 AM
GET ready TF, I am going to start Juniors in August!!!

DualMedia
Jun 18th, 2010, 08:39 PM
im practice! 0-6 we only played one set! :sad: we made it to deuce everytime!

Maria Croft
Jun 19th, 2010, 11:02 AM
My best results (match quality wise) have been:

4-6 6-4 6-4
I was up 4-0 in the first before I lost 8 games in a row to go down 4-6 0-2 before I was able to find my range again.

7-5 2-6 6-2
Down 2-5 in the first set and down 0-2 in the final set before I won 6 games in a row to win the match.

Slutiana
Jun 20th, 2010, 03:05 AM
Played in a tournament a couple of weeks ago. My back decided to completely seize up more than ever; couldn't run, couldn't serve and couldn't really do much but swing my arm. I lost 2-6 3-6 :worship:

Cakeisgood
Jun 20th, 2010, 03:30 AM
Lost 6-3 6-2 today :sobbing:

This guy played my defensive Caro game, but SO much better.

I even pulled a Serena and yelled "come on" when he got the ball back. :(

kickserve
Jun 20th, 2010, 04:48 AM
4.5 USTA player here.

Won my singles match 6-2, 3-6, 6-0

Should have been 6-2, 6-1 but ran out of gas in the middle of the 2nd set so I tanked the set and started playing hard again in the 3rd. Worked out pretty well.

darrinbaker00
Jun 23rd, 2010, 09:25 AM
Lost a tough three-setter last night: 3-6, 6-4, 1-6. I played his slowball style in the first set, and since he's better at it than I am, guess what? In the second set, I decided to come in behind all my first serves, and it paid off; I held serve the whole set, and when I finally got a chance to break in the 10th game, I took it. We both took a bathroom break, and I lost the momentum I built. I held to start the third set, jumped out to a 0-30 advantage in the next game, lost the next four points, and that was all she wrote. He ran the table and won the match. I am now 1-1 in revenge matches this season.

Joe.
Jun 23rd, 2010, 07:24 PM
Lost today. I played so bad, I don't know how it got that bad. :sad:
My opponent must've hit about 10 winners during the whole match. :o I probably hit about 25 but i'm pretty sure doubled that in UE. I just dont know what happened. :sad: I've played him before and won easily....I just played so bad. Even in the 2nd set I played poorly, but he just played worse.:tape: :sobbing:

4-6 6-1 (4-10)

sammy01
Jun 24th, 2010, 05:31 PM
Lost today. I played so bad, I don't know how it got that bad. :sad:
My opponent must've hit about 10 winners during the whole match. :o I probably hit about 25 but i'm pretty sure doubled that in UE. I just dont know what happened. :sad: I've played him before and won easily....I just played so bad. Even in the 2nd set I played poorly, but he just played worse.:tape: :sobbing:

4-6 6-1 (4-10)

you beated yourself, serena would be proud :hug:

Joe.
Jun 24th, 2010, 05:49 PM
you beated yourself, serena would be proud :hug:

I actually did, I got sooo pissed off as well which didn't help. But if Serena is proud of me then i'm not complaining. ;) :p

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 25th, 2010, 04:59 AM
Leaving early tomorrow morning for the Rochester sign in :D Will play saturday, will keep you posted!

Papillon.
Jun 25th, 2010, 10:38 AM
Won my last three matches 3-6, 6-0, [10-8]; 7-6(6), 7-5; and 6-3, 6-2.

Adrian.
Jun 25th, 2010, 10:41 AM
I lost my first match this year on Wednesday with 6-7 (8) 6-4 4-6 :sobbing:

I had 3 Setpoints in the first set at 6-6 6-5*, *7-6, *8-7
in final set I was leading *4-3 and then completly failed:tape:
No serve, no FH and no movement at all:help:
:tears:

Adrian.
Jun 25th, 2010, 10:42 AM
Leaving early tomorrow morning for the Rochester sign in :D Will play saturday, will keep you posted!

Good luck :bounce::rocker2:

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 26th, 2010, 01:55 AM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/733/qs.pdf (http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/733/qs.pdf)

Here is my draw for the Rochester Future. Playing tomorrow on Stadium Court against a local player (he is over 30). Hopefully it all goes well!

Carotastrophe
Jun 26th, 2010, 02:43 AM
Good Luck,CharlDa!

Won my match yesterday 6-4, 6-1. I got pretty annoyed by my opponents forehand backspin slice.. thats the only shot she does on the forehand slice..

DefyingGravity
Jun 26th, 2010, 03:00 AM
Good luck CharlDa, but which one are you?

Carotastrophe
Jun 26th, 2010, 03:04 AM
I think he's C. Mathieu-Poulin... but i'm not 100% sure..

Kevin.
Jun 26th, 2010, 06:50 AM
i see a ghinda in tht draw! i wonder if he is a bagel girl like the ghinda sisters

Aaron.
Jun 26th, 2010, 07:03 AM
I'm playing a league match today I'll let you know how it goes

Joe.
Jun 26th, 2010, 11:28 AM
GL CharlDa and Aaron! :D

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 26th, 2010, 06:42 PM
Yeah that me, C Mathieu-Poulin ;)

Rain delay. Nothing before 1 hour still, and I'm third match. Meh.

Ghinda isn't that great, could lose 0 and 0, but then again so could I ;) So who am I to judge!

ajmo!
Jun 26th, 2010, 06:49 PM
i see a ghinda in tht draw! i wonder if he is a bagel girl like the ghinda sisters
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/activity.asp?player=100114423

Aaron.
Jun 26th, 2010, 06:54 PM
I've been lucky I never lost a match 6-0 6-0 but there has been 6-0 6-1 before :p

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 27th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Same, I have received quite a few 1 and 0 or 0 and 1, but never a double bagel (praying it doesn't happen today).

Match was postponed to noon today!

Aaron.
Jun 27th, 2010, 05:31 PM
I lost my league match 3-6 3-6 this guy was pretty good he's ranked in the top 50 in georgia, but that being said I could have won. He played a similar game to mine only that he was much sharper. I haven't played in about two weeks with being on vacation and stuff and it really showed. I was tired because of all the long rallies we had. I didn't know what to do he didn't have any weaknesses and his serve was pretty decent so if you want to beat him you have to play really well and be on your game which I wasnt. Oh well It's just a league match and not a tournament so I know what I need to work on.

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:34 AM
Bad day at the office here.

Lost 1-6 0-6, and really never got in the match. He had a very old-style unconventionnal style, and was just taking the ball quite early and rushing the net. I wasn't feeling my shots at all, so I just couldn't do anything and didn't have time to settle into my game. Very disappointing, I was hitting so well this morning it was actually crazy. Stupid.

BUT, i did make more games than Ghinda for those who mentionned ;)

Aaron.
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:37 AM
:sobbing: It's ok you'll be at wimbledon next year

DefyingGravity
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:37 AM
Aww. Do you think my Ivanovic type game (but with better movement) would be effective on the ITF Futures circuit?

Aaron.
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:41 AM
Aww. Do you think my Ivanovic type game (but with better movement) would be effective on the ITF Futures circuit? It's tough to say..I mean I don't play ITF's but I play USTA junior nationals and men's open and that's pretty tough so I'd imagine ITF would be a lot harder. My friend who plays ITF's says its hard as hell just to get 1 ranking point so I'd imagine you'd have to be a good college player IMO. I'd imagine the women's is not as tough as the men's though which sucks for us :o

DefyingGravity
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:43 AM
It's tough to say..I mean I don't play ITF's but I play USTA junior nationals and men's open and that's pretty tough so I'd imagine ITF would be a lot harder. My friend who plays ITF's says its hard as hell just to get 1 ranking point so I'd imagine you'd have to be a good college player IMO. I'd imagine the women's is not as tough as the men's though which sucks for us :o

I am a man, actually, I just play that way. I will have to see how I do in a men's open.

Aaron.
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:46 AM
I am a man, actually, I just play that way. I will have to see how I do in a men's open. Haha. I wish my forehand was as deadly as Ivanovic's my backhand is my more stable shot but my forehand hit's more winners, but less consistent

DefyingGravity
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:47 AM
Haha. I wish my forehand was as deadly as Ivanovic's my backhand is my more stable shot but my forehand hit's more winners, but less consistent

Yup, for me...the backhand is there to be consistent and variety and my forehand is all the damage. I hit very flat, but can hit topspin and slice off of both wings when necessary. Coming in, my forehand is at it's best, which is why the Ivanovic comparison comes up.

DualMedia
Jun 28th, 2010, 04:04 AM
I wish my bachand had more spin on it! Its a dead ball flying in the air! :(

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 28th, 2010, 02:24 PM
Getting 1 point on the ITF is almost impossible. Winning a few matches here and there can be done with decent draws, but getting a point means qualifying and winning a round in the main draw, and u have to be incredibly solid to get through 2, 3 or 4 qualifying rounds.

It's a great experience for sure, but I'm always surprised at the amount of players with such a good level, who are just unranked. A LOT of college players, especially in the US Futures.

Adrian.
Jun 30th, 2010, 08:14 PM
I wanted to play a future tournament for fun this summer in italy, but the tournament starts already friday I guess, but I'll go to Italy on Saturday :sobbing:
It would have been only about 50km away from our holiday-venue :sobbing:
Maybe next year:haha:

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 30th, 2010, 10:07 PM
BTW, you have to sign up beforehand and have an IPIN to play a Futures. Well the IPIN is necessary, the signing up is just gonna help u immensely. You can't just get there and say: i wanna play.

Justin SW
Jul 1st, 2010, 01:24 AM
Yo Charles-David! Comment tas fait pour te get un IPIN ?!

Adrian.
Jul 1st, 2010, 02:50 PM
BTW, you have to sign up beforehand and have an IPIN to play a Futures. Well the IPIN is necessary, the signing up is just gonna help u immensely. You can't just get there and say: i wanna play.

I know :lol:
I'm not that dumb ^^:haha:
But I'll get it maybe next year ;)

Thanks anyway:hug:;)

DefyingGravity
Jul 1st, 2010, 03:01 PM
You know I've started to play more like Clijsters now...every since I started to add a bit of her swing into my forehand, I've been feeling the urge to be a hybrid counterpuncher. It's a lot of fun, and I still have the ability to crack shots and take charge.

sammy01
Jul 2nd, 2010, 02:03 PM
mixed league match last night, im mixed team captain so i really put my all into the mixed matches. my team won 5 sets to 4, but man was it tough and a nail biter.

after the 1st round me and my partner won our set 9-3, our 3rd pair won 9-6 and our 2nd pair won 9-8, 9-7 in the tie breaker (we play super sets 1st to 9 tie break at 8-8). so we were 3-0 up in sets going into round 2. round 2 and me and my partner won 9-5, our 3rd pair lost to their 1st pair 0-9 and my 2nd pair lost 3-9. so we were 4 sets to 2 going into the final round.

so i went off the boil big time, was making simple easy errors and we were losing. i could hear by the calling of the score from my 2nd pair on the next court they were losing, and my 3rd pair were losing to. so we find ourself at 4-8 down and i kind of relaxed and was striking nice backhands then, we leveled it up at 8-8 all and the tie break was so tight and i found myself hitting a shot 3/4 of the way onto the next court at one point lol. we wasted 2 mp's at 6-4 in the breaker, but i hit an off backhand winner at 6-6 and my partner hit a really nice forehand volley winner on the 3rd mp to win 9-8 8-6 in the breaker. the other to pairs lost 7-9 and 6-9, so we just sneaked the match 5-4 in sets.

it was nice that the people watching said i put in a captians performance after, i really did put my all into that match, and to win 5-4 was :inlove:

Juanes
Jul 2nd, 2010, 06:46 PM
played after longer time and won the match quite easily... 6-0, 6-2 :woohoo:

¤CharlDa¤
Jul 7th, 2010, 04:47 PM
Yo Charles-David! Comment tas fait pour te get un IPIN ?!

Internet, tout simplement. Tu entres ton nom et paies pour, et c'est tout ;)

Joe.
Jul 7th, 2010, 07:18 PM
Won 6-2 6-1 this evening. :D
Played a fairly decent match against a kid that i was expecting to beat. I think it shocked him (i even shocked myself) that I serve volleyed quite a lot! The momentum from running forward to the net really adds more pace into your serve and it worked really well for me today. I hit some huge shots and all in all i'm very pleased with my performance.
:yeah:

Ferg
Jul 9th, 2010, 05:14 PM
So goddamn angry. Lost 7-5 6-2 to a pusher. I lost it after. Im partly blaming the conditions, it was raining all day, and the balls were so slow and heavy, prfect for him, he just sliced everything back at me. Im normally great when playing pushers, I can hit solid off both sides and generally just hit them side to side until I can put away an easy volley or shot from the back. But today, the court was so slow I did that but he got everything back. Anger.

Keegan
Jul 10th, 2010, 04:22 PM
6-1, 3-6, 6-4

I lead 4-1 final set, so that was a low point and he came back 4-4, but I beat my friend for the first time ever so I'm really pleased. I'm on a winning streak against friends this summer too!! I'm really happy :). We both played a pretty good match too. There were a lot of good rallies, but towards the end neither of us had energy because it was really hot and the sun was shining so we got sluggish, but I won and I'm happy :).

Aaron.
Jul 10th, 2010, 06:07 PM
Won my league match in 18 and under division. This guy was only 14 though I think his mom signed him up for the wrong division. But he was good he was in the top 20 in the south for Boys 14 division.

Well to start off the match I started really well going up 2-0 then just lost it from there..I started going easy on him because I didn't want to be him to bad but in the next few minutes I found myself at 2-4* I had to get the momentum back, He was a hit or miss player and most of his shots we're landing in the first set I was on the defensive a lot..He had good power on his groundstrokes, but my serve was a bit better then his which probably made the difference in the first set. I won the first set 7-6(6) and it should not have been that close IMO..He was really pissed and had a whiny attitude you could tell he was 14 I have no idea how he wins with such a bad attitude I'm glad I didn't lose that first set. But yeah ended up taking the second 6-0 he totally gave up and it was quite the beatdown :drool:

igralec33
Jul 10th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Just played doubles match with my friends yesterday. It was cool match and I think I'm finally finding solid form. A fact is I was the best one yesterday (and don't want to talk - wow how good I'm and so ... but I really had good day). :p On other hand my partner was the worst one on court. :rolleyes: Match was very leveled. I really played so well and I'm happy my serve is back - served 9 aces and only 1 DF. :banana: Also my groundstrokes are solid and the part I love the most in tennis (net game) really work yesterday for me. :D But ... in doubles you need 2 solid players for victory so we lost match 3-6, 6-4, 8-10. But we choke in super TB set (actually it was my partner fault and I'm not person who like said things that was someone other fault but here I can't say other :shrug:). We lead 8-6 and then lost 4 points in a row. He served at 8-6 and made DF (then he said: "Just that it would be more intersting." I thought: Oh, please it's actually enough interesting to have you as partner :o), then our opponent(s) had 2 serves - in first point we almost have point in our hand - I'm smashed really well on net but our opponent somehow lob the ball - I wanted to smash again but my partner screamed: "Don't. It's out." Of course it wasn't ball was close to line and then he hit forehand (or something similar to forehand) in net. At 8-8 again serve for our opponents - and mistake with volley for my partner (but it's really strange if you want hit volley from half of court. :rolleyes: :p). I served at 8-9 - missed first serve, solid second serve - good return of our opponent, I started to run for hit it back, but my partner again: This will be out ... and yes, you guess ... it was sooooo IN. And so we lost despite my best match this year. :D
We are going to play again next week ... just hope I will have another partner but also if not ... just hope he will play better and will be more queit as he was yesterday. ;)

Petkorazzi
Jul 10th, 2010, 08:09 PM
Lost all motivation for tournaments. Thank God it's summer and I'm taking a break. I got fed up of all the cheating and just all the horrible stuff going on.

Aaron.
Jul 11th, 2010, 01:18 AM
I'm playing a tournament starting monday Its a 16 player draw and I play this guy who's playing his first tournament :eek:

njtennis17
Jul 11th, 2010, 01:27 AM
Playing Clemson University's #1 tomorrow, not expecting much but it should be a fun experience.

Aaron.
Jul 11th, 2010, 01:32 AM
Good luck..how good are you? btw

njtennis17
Jul 11th, 2010, 01:38 AM
Good luck..how good are you? btw

Played #1 in my high school for three years, play in a 4.5 USTA league and club tennis in college, so I play a lot and at a competitive level but this should be on a different level.

DualMedia
Jul 11th, 2010, 01:40 AM
Good Luck!

Aaron.
Jul 11th, 2010, 01:40 AM
Played #1 in my high school for three years, play in a 4.5 USTA league and club tennis in college, so I play a lot and at a competitive level but this should be on a different level. Cool. I graduated last year..but I didn't like my college so I dropped out. I played #1 singles for my high school team, but now I just started to take tennis serious with Fitness..Technique and etc. I'm not in college right now I'm only 18 right now and I plan to take another year off before returning I want to maybe develop my game so I can make a decent college team. Right now im just playing League Matches and USTA Men's Open or Junior Sectionals 18 and under

njtennis17
Jul 11th, 2010, 01:49 AM
Cool. I graduated last year..but I didn't like my college so I dropped out. I played #1 singles for my high school team, but now I just started to take tennis serious with Fitness..Technique and etc. I'm not in college right now I'm only 18 right now and I plan to take another year off before returning I want to maybe develop my game so I can make a decent college team. Right now im just playing League Matches and USTA Men's Open or Junior Sectionals 18 and under

Very nice, yeah I decided to go to a big school and play club and enjoy myself rather than play at some no name college I didn't want to go to and be miserable and I'm real happy with my decision. Good luck with everything.

Aaron.
Jul 12th, 2010, 11:38 PM
I played a tournament match today and won 6-0, 6-0. The next person I play I played him before last year, and I beat him 6-3, 6-2 but he's improved since then and so have I so I'll be ready for that.

Aaron.
Jul 14th, 2010, 10:28 PM
Ok so yesterday we had a match, but we started and in the first game it started raining for the rest of the day so we had to come back today and play I was leading 0-40 on his serve in the first game. I broke him easily then went up 1-0 we played a tough game which I barley won and lead 2-0 after that I kinda had a mental lapse cause I thought I would the set easily, but he comes back to 2-2 so now he's serving and I hit a return crosscourt and he hit another sharp angle back at me and I went to get it and turned on my foot kinda similar to golovin's accident with sharapova how she fell on her foot..yeah I was in a lot of pain, so I had a medical timeout and put some ice on it..I couldn't move as well but I could somewhat move, but I still wanted to play because it was the semifinals and I because I love tennis. And his dad was complaining about me foot faulting, but the referee said his son was faulting too..that was too funny..lmao. So I played anyway and right after it happened I broke the dude 3-2 I couldn't be bothered to run so I just tried to go for my shots more. After that we kept exchanging breaks until the tiebreaker at 6-6 where I hit 2 good first serves and like 2 return winners I went up 4-2 and he pretty much gave me the set because he was so angry. Second set starts and I resort to pushing again, but he's still angry so I got away with it. I went up 4-2 and everything went downhill after that. I lost 4 straight games and I was serving at 4-5 luckily I hit 2 good first serves and eventually won the game..at 5-5 I was like "Ok I lost 4 straight games by pushing might as well hit the damn ball" so I did and ended up breaking him and serving out the match. 7-6(4), 7-5 It was such a epic match and I think if I hand not got injured maybe I wouldn't have won because he was a good defensive player and it was hard to attack unless you were a good ballstriker. Before my injury I was'nt going for my shots as much it's amazing how weird tennis is. So my foot was kinda sore, but I couldn't put any weight on the other side of my foot. So after I put some ice on it and started relaxing for my final match. I get up and go to the bathroom and the pain is just worse then during the match. I had to take 3 pain killers and didn't think I would be able to play the final, but as soon as I saw who I was playing I knew I could win because this guy was a hacker and I have no idea how he made it to the final, but I ended up winning the final 6-3,6-4 because I had to go for winners I usally won't go for..maybe this is a sign I need to be more aggressive, but yeah I won the tournament I'm proud of myself for fighting through the injury I also somehow won the sportsmanship award..No idea though maybe because
I don't show much emotion and just play

Aaron.
Jul 14th, 2010, 10:28 PM
Holy..that was a long paragrah :rolls:

DualMedia
Jul 14th, 2010, 10:54 PM
congrats!

Ferg
Jul 26th, 2010, 05:02 PM
Choked the shit outta a match today, took a 6-4 7-6 lead then at 5-4* in the third, had 0-30 but lost 4 points ina row, then at 6-5* had two match points, missed them, lost the tiebreak 6-7. Went 4-1 up in the fourth, had a break point for 5-1, lost the set 6-4. Then I went 5-0 up in the last, wasted 2 more match points at *5-1 but closed it out on his serve in the next game. 6-4 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 6-2 in 3 hours 50 minutes and it took me 7 match point across 3 different sets.