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bavaria86
Jun 19th, 2012, 02:44 PM
I broke my racket during a training session :haha::facepalm:
:spit:
if you have enough money to do so:p:lol:

Adrian.
Jun 19th, 2012, 04:46 PM
:spit:
if you have enough money to do so:p:lol:

I did it once :angel:

joe87
Jun 21st, 2012, 07:09 PM
Handed out another double bagel yesterday :lol:

And finally it was an awesome mental performance :speakles: Saved a lot of BPs and GPs :oh:

Adrian.
Jun 21st, 2012, 07:21 PM
you will become a champion :oh:

joe87
Jun 21st, 2012, 07:23 PM
you will become a champion :oh:

It's just practise ;)

But tomorrow I'll have my first match in our clubs ranking tournament. Beat that guy already in close 2 sets in practise... but all the pressure :unsure:

Adrian.
Jun 21st, 2012, 07:26 PM
OMG, why you all are that nervous??? :hysteric:

am I the only gay player here, who isn't nervous before a (club) match? :hysteric::haha:

joe87
Jun 21st, 2012, 07:29 PM
OMG, why you all are that nervous??? :hysteric:

am I the only gay player here, who isn't nervous before a (club) match? :hysteric::haha:

It's my first since last September :shrug:
But I'm still a lot more nervous in ITN and LK tournaments :lol: :angel:

Adrian.
Jun 21st, 2012, 07:36 PM
I'm never nervous :haha:

actually only, when I have to serve at *4-5 or *5-6 but beside that, I'm always relaxed :cool:

but you will do it babe :cheer:

when is your next LK.tournament?

flareon
Jun 21st, 2012, 11:11 PM
I'm never nervous :haha:

actually only, when I have to serve at *4-5 or *5-6 but beside that, I'm always relaxed :cool:

but you will do it babe :cheer:

when is your next LK.tournament?

Same I played a doubles match and I served for it at 6-5 and served it into my partner, before that I was serving fine it was a massive :facepalm: moment lol.

joe87
Jun 22nd, 2012, 02:36 PM
when is your next LK.tournament?

Probably at the end of July, but I'm not sure.
I want to concentrate on the ranking tournament and another tournament which lasts for 10 days in next weeks. :)

joe87
Jun 22nd, 2012, 06:54 PM
Lost 5-7 6-4 and 6-10 (champions TB) :rolleyes:

I'm so weak when it comes down to a real match :sad: Needed 8 or 9 setpoints to close out the second set :lol: And of course, ended the match with a DF :cheer: :tape:

MarkNL
Jun 22nd, 2012, 07:33 PM
Had my training last Wednesday, I served so well! :drool:

Really happy about that :)

Still need to work on my patience, I'm just hitting the ball as hard as possible without any control and I have to learn to play smart.

Adrian.
Jun 22nd, 2012, 07:41 PM
Lost 5-7 6-4 and 6-10 (champions TB) :rolleyes:

I'm so weak when it comes down to a real match :sad: Needed 8 or 9 setpoints to close out the second set :lol: And of course, ended the match with a DF :cheer: :tape:

Joe :smash::facepalm:

Yoncé
Jun 23rd, 2012, 01:20 PM
OMG, why you all are that nervous??? :hysteric:

am I the only gay player here, who isn't nervous before a (club) match? :hysteric::haha:

I'm never nervous :lol: Except I kind of was today, but it was more flustered than ervous :lol: The guy I played was so hot and it distracted my play :sobbing: I was down 1-6 1-4 when I realized there was no other option than to become very serious and aggressive try not to stare and drool over look at him. But I lost anyway 1-6 6-4 5-7. He tried to make conversation at the change of ends but I struggled to formate words, let alone sentences :hysteric:

Adrian.
Jun 23rd, 2012, 01:27 PM
OMG, he was that hot? :inlove:
you remember his name? maybe add him on FB :oh:

Yoncé
Jun 23rd, 2012, 01:37 PM
I already started FB stalking him :sobbing:

Adrian.
Jun 23rd, 2012, 01:39 PM
I already started FB stalking him :sobbing:

:spit::spit::spit:

A Magicman
Jun 23rd, 2012, 06:37 PM
Fuck. I had to become 37 years of age and play in the league for the paralytics to get the first double bagle of my life. :lol:

I have no idrea, why this guy's team was in this league, but there was literally nothing I could do.

He had a very very heavy top spin (something which I hated ever since) and well.... I got to 40 on my own serve only twice, couldn't get anywhere near a break, so... no need to smash rackets.

When I looked over to the other 2 courts at 0-6, 0-1, both of my other playing team mates had 0-5 and I just shouted over to the other court: hey, Dennis, take a look: 30 minutes of play and we have not won a single fuckin' game.

Needless to say that we lost 0-6 in the end. For the 4th consecutive time. :rocker2:

The doubles was ok. 4-6, 4-6 blowing a 4-1 lead in the second set...

igralec33
Jun 23rd, 2012, 07:37 PM
Played last 3 days … in biggest heat (around 33 degrees Celsius! :p). I'm stupid I know.

First match was tied :lol: I won first set 7-6(3) and lost second one 4-6. We decided not to play decider becuase both were totally dead after 2 sets. It was interesting match. First set I was down 1-3* but then get back in game. We were holding our serves and in tie-break I was down 0-3 but won next 7 points. :D Second set was disaster. I hold service only once. :rolleyes: And service is one of my biggest weapons. :o But I didn't have power at all. I couldn't move … it was way too hot to play normal match. :D

Then I played against other friend and won 6-3, 7-5. It was okey played from me. And what's more important that I'm holding my nerves really well. A lot of times I was down 0-30 in games but was able to hold my serve or break his serve. :)

Another match against same friend I played first one. This time I won. First set I went up 5-0 but all games went to deuce!! Then lost 3 games in a row (2 on my service) but broke for set. In second set it was more tied and I was serving for match at 5-4 and had 30-0 but he broke me back but again later I played better in key moments in tie-break. It was 3-3 and then I won next 3 points for 6-3 and finished it on 3rd match point.

And today I played against another friend. First set was really weird because in first 6 games there were 6 breaks of service but then I broke in 7th game even though I was 0-40 down. :p In next game I was 0-40 down on my service but hold and then he won his service game and I serve it out in 10th game. Second set was better played by me. I didn't lose my service and one break of service at start of set was enough. :D I finished match with ace (only one in whole match).

I'm totally not playing my best tennis at moment but I think I started to play very tacticly. I'm changing my game plan a lot. From brainless ballbasher to pusher and then also serve & volley, using slices, dropshots etc. Still I think I'm making too much unforced errors lately but on other side also hitting a lot winners. :D

matthias
Jun 23rd, 2012, 08:03 PM
me and my team lost 4:5 again :sobbing:

played a good singles match, but lost 4:6 3:6
but it was much more fun then my pushing victory last week

it was 3:3 after singles matches
and i won my doubles 6:4 1:6 10:6 but we lost the 2 other doubles, one of them in matchtiebreak :(
but doubles was a good performence
i (#4) played with our #1 against the #1 and #2 from the other team, but we beat them :cheer:
and my forehand worked really well today
even my opponent gave me a compliment for my forehand
(unfortunally my backhand is still too weak to win a match like this today)

flareon
Jun 24th, 2012, 10:32 PM
I'm never nervous :lol: Except I kind of was today, but it was more flustered than ervous :lol: The guy I played was so hot and it distracted my play :sobbing: I was down 1-6 1-4 when I realized there was no other option than to become very serious and aggressive try not to stare and drool over look at him. But I lost anyway 1-6 6-4 5-7. He tried to make conversation at the change of ends but I struggled to formate words, let alone sentences :hysteric:

:lol: I like this story.

MarkNL
Jun 29th, 2012, 12:50 PM
I played today (indoors), but my serve went to shit. :o Seriously, I somehow forgot to get the 1st serve in. (Yeah, I know Serena said that about her match against Makarova at AO) Well, that happened to me. I double faulted like 12 times, and hit 1 ace. (from the ad court down the T)

crazillo
Jul 1st, 2012, 07:07 PM
We had our second interclub match today. We won 9-0 again but conditions were close to irregular... We had thunderstorms last night and the rain didn't stop this morning when we got to the courts at 9.40 AM. It did stop a couple times only to start raining again... A friend and me were up first and conditions were at its worst around then. We did leave the court ao couple times but then decided to finish the match despite pouring rain... I won in a match tiebreak but I don't think I would have lost a set under normal conditions. It was impossible to slide, so both of us tried to wrongfoot the other player, and I tried to use many drop shots that usually didn't bounce anymore. Very weird day and no fun to play. Doubles was good after that (6-1 6-0).

joe87
Jul 7th, 2012, 08:39 PM
I'm playing a tournament in the moment, it is Round Robin and the K.O.

Won my first match today 4-6 6-3 11-9 MTB :woohoo:

Came back from 4-7 in that MTB :D Really amazing and close match with a lot of deuces :eek: And the insane stats: I didn't hit a single DF :eek: and ended the match with a winner :drool:

Next two matches tomorrow, so hopefully I can qualify for the 1/8 final with a first win in the bag. :bounce:

matthias
Jul 7th, 2012, 08:42 PM
Well done Joe :yeah:

A Magicman
Jul 8th, 2012, 07:34 PM
I did it. I finally did it.

6-4, 7-5 and I did not choke it away. Though I tried really hard in the middle of both sets.

I was down 3-4 in the first from 3-1 and 1-3 in the 2nd when we had a long game on his serve wih about 10 deuces and at least 5 game points on his side for 1-4. But this time, I pulled it through, I regrouped, I stopped being nervous during the entire match and well.... I am kinda happy. Too many unforced errors, when I started playing for the audience, but that can be cut down in the future...

We won 6-0 as a team after having lost 3x 0-6 and 2x 1-5.

Unfortunately, the season is over now. :lol:

joe87
Jul 8th, 2012, 08:31 PM
Continued with 2 more matches in the tournament. :)

2. Match: There was a huge wind coming already in the first game. It didn't take long till rain came too. We got moved indoors. First I thought I coldn't handle the surface, but it was fitting my game totally after a few strokes. Won 6-3 6-4 and didn't lose my serve in the whole match. My tactics worked awsome, hit a short ball so he had to come to the net - and then passing shot. :drool: He absolutely had no volley :lol: Anyway it was extremly hot in there, never played on such high temperature before...

3. Match was outdoor again as the weather got better again. I started ok but then my forehand went totally off so I only moonballpushed everything back :rolleyes: So a deserved loss in the end: 5-7 4-6

The most incredible stat is that I didn't hit a single DF during all these 3 matches :eek::eek:

Have to wait now for my opponent in the 1/8-final, most likely it will be played on Tuesday. :)

matthias
Jul 8th, 2012, 08:41 PM
okay, as i left for the tie it was raining heavy, and so i didn´t expect to play at all, or to have a very long day at the courts
durring our drive the rain stopped, and as we arrived at the venue there was still a women team playing, her tie was re-scheduled after heavy rain last weekend
to watch the women play was epic, specially the one match, both women accused the other to cheat and to call balls out all the time who aren´t out.
was Epic stuff to watch them, it ended in a matchtiebreak 13:11, but the other girl wasted a 9-7 laed and din´t called a ball out that was really out this time.
really GOAT stuff to watch.

they had 6 courts, 4 grey clay courts, and 2 red clay courts, the women tie was played on the 4 grey courts, and after the singles
they started on 3 courts, and so 1 grey and the 2 red clay courts have been ready for us.
usually we should have refused to play on the red clay courts, because the court was not in good contition, and the net was for sure 10cm lower then the rules are saying, but we started anyway.
my team was down 1:2 as i had to start, and thanks god the women tie was already over and so i got a grey clay court.
i started well, he turned out to be a pusher at it´s best, but i played smart left right, and forced him into errors for a 5:2 lead.
but then he reduced his errors even more, and always when i tried to hit a winner he got the ball back, over and over again,
the end was mostly a error of me. and so i totally lost the lead and was down 5:6.
Then my TeamCaptain , who is also one of my best friends, came into the court and told me
"i want you to make nothing now, don´t go for the lines, don´t go for the winner, just hit back. he can´t hurt you with your, and i wanna see what he is doing then because you gifted him the last 4 games with your errors"

then the changeover was over and my opponent said to my friend/TeamCaptain
"are you gonna stay in here?"
and he then
"yes, i will stay on the bench"
and my opponent again
"is this allowed? i feeld distracted by you"
and then my Friend/TC
"tahts why i stay" :lol:
then he called his captain and asked if he is really allowed to stay on the bench, but then he had to accept it
but he was really pissed.
From this changeover on the match turned into the biggest Pushfestival ever.
And i finally won a game again to reach the tiebreak. i won the Tiebreak also with 7:5 :cheer:
my opponent was even more pissed at this time, still about my friend on the bench, and also about his wasted energy.
at the beginning of the 2nd he tried to go for the winner but failed completly, and so i had a fast 3:0 lead.
And then the epic rallies started again, many rallies i had to hit more then 20 shots. i held my lead and so i was up 5:2.
but then i was a bit too passive, and so he came back to 5:4
but then i finally served it out with some more offensive shots finally again.
the macth ended 7:6(5) 6:4 and lasted more then 2,5 hours

unfortunally my team was down 2:4 and so we had to win all doubles,
i played with our #1 player again.
at the beginning our opponents painted the lines a lot, and so we´ve been down fast 0:3
but from this moment on we got stronger and stronger and won 12 games in a row for a very great 6:3 6:0 victory
was my best doubles match this year for sure :cheer:

but we lost the two other doubles and so the tie with 3:6 :(

and i have to say today the first time in my life my opponent cheated on me, at least 3 times he called balls out that hit the line
once he said "i haven´t seen it, and so i called it out" :fiery:

Grigorpova
Jul 9th, 2012, 01:49 PM
Played the other day, lost 6-4 7-5 2-6 5-7 6-4. I hit about 3 aces, possibly over twenty-five winners and only 2 DFs, I lost because the guy turned to pusher mode and was just waiting for my errors which eventually come (need to work on that).

Playing a White/Orange AMT in a couple of weeks in singles and doubles.

JohnCaprice
Jul 10th, 2012, 03:19 AM
My Tennis results started to be very unpredictable as opponent is so balanced with me, and often tie break solves winner. That is why I would be very thankful if you can provide me tips so that I can have competitive edge. I put some effort to setup common situations that I am having problem with- making good decision where to put ball.
Please take a look at these 5 images and let me know what do you think it would be best for me to do.
Little intro: I am faster and more long term running capable player, tho something smaller player then my opponent. He is overweight for his height, with almost 220pounds but somehow not clumsy but not someone who likes to run long term on court. We both are something between amateur and passionate players.

1)This is most common situation when we develop game. I am attacking and this can last for like 20 shots. Where should I hit ball to make my situation better instead of wasting energy on this long points?
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/3251/01thisishowihavechancet.jpg


2) My opponent 2nd serve. Real balloon, almost for smashing like you smash lobs. I dont know how to take advantage of that "easy" ball and what kind of shot do you recommend?
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/1522/02hissecondserveisrealb.jpg


3) My opponent 2nd serve to my back hand side. Same as before, I feel that there is big chance but all I do for now is wait bounce to come down and hit hard on center but I am not taking advantage of that opportunity as points keep going and going.
http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/8729/03hissecondserveonmybac.jpg

4)Same but just different angle. Please see and let me know where to hit ball. Deep or slice or on angle? What would you do here once ball is almost over your head on your opponent 2nd serve, baloon like.
http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/3800/04hissecondserveonmybac.jpg

5)Same but with bird point of view. You can see where my opponent stand just after he serves baloon and waits me to hit it.
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/3800/04hissecondserveonmybac.jpg

What is in general good tactics against middle terrain campers that have somehow weaker back end then their forehand.


Thanks on tips and I am really counting on you guys!

igralec33
Jul 10th, 2012, 09:07 AM
Won yesterday 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 against friend. Really didn't play my best tennis but made great comeback in last set. I was down 1-4, 15-40 on my opponents serve but somehow managed to level to 4-4, lost my service game for 4-5 but won next 3 games and match. Really didn't play well, so many errors. Disgusting. I have feeling I'm playing worse and worse everytime. :rolleyes:

charmedRic
Jul 11th, 2012, 02:15 PM
My two most recent matches were losses, sadly.

the first was a 2.5 hour indoor match in 95 degree weather: 7-6 2-6 6-7 (5-7) but I did save seven matchpoints in that third set.

the second was a 2 hour 3-6 3-6 match that was INSANELY close. it was against a friend who I have yet to beat, but I am encouraged by how I have been making progress.

...my 2012 singles record is 8-6 and doubles 3-2.

joe87
Jul 11th, 2012, 08:29 PM
My tournament came to an end today...

Lost 2-6 0-6

Could level it till 2-2 but then my opponent discovered my weak backhand and played 95% of the balls into my backhandcorner... :fiery: Had a few good serves but that wasn't enough :shrug:

Callistox45
Jul 16th, 2012, 04:29 PM
Hi everyone new here! :)

nazzac
Jul 16th, 2012, 05:52 PM
Played a friend the other day. Won in straight sets 6-1,6-1,6-4. Haven't lost a singles match i have played :D But i'm rubbish at doubles.

My serve was completely off. Thats what seperates me from my mates mostly, but i sucked that day

charmedRic
Jul 17th, 2012, 11:58 AM
Had an epic tank on Sunday, and our team lost their first match all season. That's what I get for going to brainless ball basher as my plans A, B, and C.

igralec33
Jul 18th, 2012, 10:29 PM
6-3, 6-0, 7-6(2) today. :D Played really well in first 2 sets. Actually it could have been 2 bagels ... lead 5-0*, 30-15 (in first set) but couldn't take chance. And 3rd set was disaster! Was down *0-5, 15-30 but somehow made a comeback. Don't know how though. :lol: Really my best comeback ever.

joe87
Aug 5th, 2012, 08:37 AM
Played a tournament in Germany yesterday :)

1st match was some huge piece of shit. :o I broke the strings from both of my rackets at the warm up, so I had to play the full match with my broken racket. :facepalm: I even managed to win a game, but of course lost 1-6 0-6 :lol: The sadest fact about the match is that it would have been definitly winnable :sobbing: He had a good forehand and a nice slice-serve but the rest wasn't good at all...

Luckily the tournament had stringing service, so I had a new racket for my second match. :lol: Opponent was much better of course. :rolleyes: He had a fast serve and was a total ballbasher which I hate to play against... lost 0-6 3-6 but I'm still happy with my play in the second set. Hit some awesome return and forehand winners. But still have to work a lot on my backhand and serve. :angel:

Grigorpova
Aug 5th, 2012, 11:53 AM
Well today was a total shitfest and I now have a easy way of beating my friend, I can't believe he's sponsored and ranked in juniors and has made finals of White tournaments especially after his play today. I normally play like a Sharapova, bashing a ball wherever I can however I knew with the wind that would just miserably fail so I played like a major pusher and because my friend is also kind of a pusher when people push him he gets crushed mentally because he has no real weapons, his serve is weak, forehand and backhand are just average, he can volley well and if anything his lob is his weapon..

So we held both our serves to 6-6 before I managed to cruise through the tiebreaker 7-4, I played the worst that set, I couldn't jump for my serve so I was serving like Errani on a bad day but of course I just pushed him and eventually he made the error and the rare winner.

Second set, easy, hit 2 aces in the first game, managed to hit a few backhand winners which is terribly rare for me and produced a few beautiful dropshots, was about to bagel him but he put me off when in rage he hit the ball over the fence, which ultimately just pissed me off and I even told him to stop being a brat. He won that game, I won my serve, he won his serve and I held again to take the set 6-2.

Last set, he gave up after I broke him twice. Again I hit some nice winners, especially off the forehand return I probably hit 5+ winners just off forehand returns from his serve. My serve crumbled a bit however I just directed it in good place and sliced it and he either hit it out or just made it harder for himself by trying to produce topspin and most of the time putting it low. Last two games he cracked the shits again, threw his racquet twice, I hoped they'd break because he was just being a complete bad sport. Match point I hit a perfect forehand winner down the line that not even Serena could get :lol:

Shaking of hands was weird, he had his head down because he knew I was pissed off at him. Final score 7-6, 6-2, 6-1. I think I hit more winners then unforced errors, take one or two.

joe87
Aug 11th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Another LK-tournament in Germany today AND... I scored my first win on German ground :bounce: :cheer:

1st match: lost 4-6 1-6
I was up 4-2 but then my opponent figured out that pushing is the key... He nearly pushed everything to my backhand and waited till I errored from there. :help: My backhand was better than last week but still not good enough.

2nd match: won 6-0 6-2 :cool:
It wasn't that easy as the score says, had a lot of deuce games. My opponent made tons of errors so I mostly only tried to get the ball back into good position. :angel: Also hit a few awesome winners at the end :drool:

matthias
Aug 11th, 2012, 04:31 PM
Another LK-tournament in Germany today AND... I scored my first win on German ground :bounce: :cheer:

1st match: lost 4-6 1-6
I was up 4-2 but then my opponent figured out that pushing is the key... He nearly pushed everything to my backhand and waited till I errored from there. :help: My backhand was better than last week but still not good enough.

2nd match: won 6-0 6-2 :cool:
It wasn't that easy as the score says, had a lot of deuce games. My opponent made tons of errors so I mostly only tried to get the ball back into good position. :angel: Also hit a few awesome winners at the end :drool:


Was your opponent a higher LK then you?

Hopefully, then you would get a few good points

joe87
Aug 11th, 2012, 04:51 PM
Was your opponent a higher LK then you?

Hopefully, then you would get a few good points

Nope, he was 23 aswell. ;) But doesn't matter anyway as I will never score enough points to reach 22 till end of September :angel:
I'm going for it in the next season, will play my first full season including indoors :cool:

matthias
Aug 11th, 2012, 06:10 PM
Nope, he was 23 aswell. ;) But doesn't matter anyway as I will never score enough points to reach 22 till end of September :angel:
I'm going for it in the next season, will play my first full season including indoors :cool:



Hope you can score some more good results :yeah:

Joey Darling
Aug 12th, 2012, 01:45 AM
I played for the first time in nearly two years the other day after my injuries, on the new courts for the HS I graduated from. Just for fun, with a friend, and we played five sets over a span of about four hours with multiple rest breaks in-between sets (sometimes games) to deal with this Georgia heat. It was an interesting and fun experience, with the final score being 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 0-6, 2-6. She won (yes, I said she), and the sets that I lost were not competitive (as you can see). We hadn't hung out in a while, so it was interesting for our first hangout to be across the net. Some good laughs, some cursing... Overall, I enjoyed. I'll never play competitively again, but I will still play a match or two with good friends.

Serve was GOAT at moments, and pure shit in others. I had the "Boom Boom Bine" power going in my finest moments, and made some shit shot decisions in others. Probably had at least 50 errors. Overall, I'm all smiles.

Andy.
Aug 13th, 2012, 09:41 PM
It suprises me at how many of you play best of 5 sets.

charmedRic
Aug 20th, 2012, 07:27 PM
Just returned from the USTA Middle States Section Championships, I play in a 3.5 team. Out of 25 matches our team played, we only won 4 ...but...it was 4 more than last year's team from our division, so hurray!

Sammo
Aug 20th, 2012, 08:15 PM
I just started to hit the ball again after a 1/2 year hiatus (due to a nasty tendinitis), felt much better than I had expected.

MarkNL
Aug 23rd, 2012, 10:26 AM
I defeated my brother last monday 62 75, beat him for the first time :cheer:

Trey
Aug 25th, 2012, 04:51 AM
I played My Cousin two weeks ago I won 62 60

the jamierbelyea
Aug 27th, 2012, 03:18 AM
Playing my first tournament in a year at a 4.0 next weekend on Green Clay. Have another 4.0 plus mixed doubles event on Red Clay the following week.

Then hope to stick to 4.5 once we get back indoors. :)

nazzac
Aug 29th, 2012, 03:54 PM
I played in the rain today (don't know why lol) but i won 6-2,6-4 against my Cousin. My volleys were on fire

Grigorpova
Sep 4th, 2012, 11:43 AM
Played doubles competition tonight at the local tennis centre on green synthetic court. Won the first match 6-3 playing like a GOAT :sobbing: hit about 5-10 return winners just off my forehand and even a backhand winner which was the highlight of my night :eek:

Second match, 6-4.. dropped off completely, was volleying better and got a couple of aces but it was nowhere like the first match, it was kinda like Stosur or Rena combined on a bad day.

Third match, 6-3, the other guys were cocky as hell so I just destroyed their punk asses.. :sobbing:

joe87
Sep 7th, 2012, 01:39 PM
played a tournament last weekend

1st match on Saturday: lost 0-6 2-6 had to play indoors as the weather was shit. Had no chance at all as the opponent barely hit errors and I just pushed everything back :mad:

2nd match on Sunday: Back to outdoor and clay. :D Won 6-1 6-4 :cheer: In the second set came back from 2-4 0-30 :bounce: Solid play from me with some nice Forehand CC winners :oh:

We even got to a prize ceremony and I won a bottle of wine :lol: Sandra Klemenschits was one of the special quests and shaked hands with everyone who won a price. :cool:


Tomorrow I'm playing another LK-tournament in Germany. It will be a revenge time tournament, already lost against my first round opponennt a few weeks ago and also against both possible 2nd round opoonents. :rolls: Funny draw :cheer:

matthias
Sep 7th, 2012, 08:48 PM
good luck Joe87
you better take revenge :armed:

joe87
Sep 8th, 2012, 09:15 AM
Thanks matthias! :)

Yoncé
Oct 21st, 2012, 12:41 AM
Played a match against a friend yesterday, which was my first in a while. I was in GOAT mode in the first set, it was like Peak Pierce had taken over my body, didn't drop a point on serve with 4 aces and only like 3 UEs over all, winning the set 6-2. Second set I was less GOATly, my serve became so inconsistent in the 2nd :lol: and my return saved me and won that set 6-2 also :D

hellas719
Nov 3rd, 2012, 03:06 AM
First match in forever today. 6-3 2-6 6-7(8) :sobbing:
Served for the match, wasted 2 MPs in TB, the usual :lol:

Almost 4 hours for nothing :tape:

Kəv.
Nov 3rd, 2012, 10:57 AM
http://ertinc.org.au/

number 10 on table of excellence after beating girls 61 61 and 62 60 & doubles 61 and 63 :hysteric:

Cheda 16.17
Nov 3rd, 2012, 11:25 AM
I played with my friend in Kladovo 3 months ago, before my racket has broken. I won last match 46 75 64 :O In third set I loose 1-4 and 0-40 on my serve, but my service was too strong and my return and I came back! :D In every set I loose with 2 games difference.

Cheda 16.17
Nov 3rd, 2012, 11:56 AM
I played with my friend in Kladovo 3 months ago, before my racket has broken. I won last match 46 75 64 :O In third set I loose 1-4 and 0-40 on my serve, but my service was too strong and my return and I came back! :D In every set I loose with 2 games difference.

In first was 0-4, I came back to 4-4, and lost 4-6 :lol: His serve is so wick! But his strokes are unpossible sometimes to hit back :o but I'm glad for my win! My weapon is serve and backhand, my backhand is like Sharapova's

Pops Maellard
Nov 10th, 2012, 10:48 PM
I'm playing every Saturday now, this is my first season of club tennis. I have 4-2 record overall - 2-1 in both singles and doubles.

Yesterday I lost doubles but won my singles 7-5 6-2. I was up 5-2 first set, and after a very long game serving for it I lost it and went off for a bit. Finally got it together :lol:.

I didn't really get nervous but as a longtime TFer I call it a 'choke' :oh:. Makes me realize that if you're not careful a lead can disappear even if you're not nervous.

My serve was a mess in the doubles match but it got better, particularly after the first set of my singles. If I can serve like I mostly did set 2 I don't think I'd get embarrassed very often :lol:. I'd practiced it hard and it paid off. Last week I lost my singles 6-1 6-1 but I had like a million break points :rolleyes:.

Pops Maellard
Nov 10th, 2012, 11:14 PM
Also my first two weeks I'd taken a few days to fully recover but this morning the day after I feel I could almost do it again :oh:. Almost :lol:.

moodin0931
Nov 15th, 2012, 08:40 PM
A few months ago my friend was beating me 6-1 3-1 playing amazing tennis...winners left and right!! :eek:

Then he got really tight and I was won 7 straight games to get to 1-6 6-3 1-0 with a break, then he stepped it up again and I won 1-6 6-3 6-3! :cheer:

:lol: We need to play a competitive match again so I can update all y'all with the drama ;) :hearts:

nazzac
Nov 16th, 2012, 06:17 PM
played a guy at the club recently.

Won 6-4,7-6 (10-8)

Had to come from a break down in both sets. He was good, but easily frustrated so kinda melted when things weren't going his way for a while. When he regained focus he outplayed me again and broke. But i played my best game to break back to make it 2-2. He lost focus again, and i had B.P oppertunities, but couldn't take them. It got close again, and went to a tiebreak. He had set points, but netted an easy forehand and got frustrated. I took over and closed it out.

I said to him at the handshake "Don't be so hard on yourself. Your good. Don't let silly mistakes get to you"

moodin0931
Nov 16th, 2012, 08:35 PM
^^Such a nice competitor :) :hug:

nazzac
Nov 16th, 2012, 09:12 PM
^^Such a nice competitor :) :hug:

Thanks :yeah:

I Always try to be respectful to my opponents. My on court attitude is comparable to Del Potro. He was a good guy when i spoke to him after. Just lets things get to his head too easily.

He asked for a rematch, and i said i'll be happy to do so.

So we are Playing again this weekend. that should be fun.

Kəv.
Nov 17th, 2012, 07:08 AM
Won 62 06 [10-8] in my comp today

The second set :help: was also down 7-4 in STB

chingching
Nov 17th, 2012, 09:47 AM
I won 1-6 6-3 6-1 :D
I was down 1-6 3*-3 0-40 and I somehow won :D

Pops Maellard
Nov 17th, 2012, 09:55 AM
My tennis got rained out this Saturday :mad:.

nazzac
Nov 17th, 2012, 06:34 PM
I won the rematch 7-6,6-7,6-4

I didn't drop a point on serve in the first set :D I was on fire with my serve. It was either an ace, an unreturnable, my serve forced an easy volley for me, or he returned shot so i could step in and hit a winner.

I didn't face a B.P all match, while i had 2 oppertunitys and i took 1. In the rallys he was hitting to my backhand a lot, so i leaked a lot of errors in the 2nd set, especially in the 2nd set tiebreak.

He didn't play badly, and i didn't play great. I just served better than him, and it was too much for him to handle. The rallys were in his favour

moodin0931
Nov 21st, 2012, 02:50 AM
^are you a club player?

Kəv.
Nov 24th, 2012, 09:23 AM
lost 36 75 [8-10] to one of the most bitchiest players I have ever met.

After I beat him in doubles at the handshake he squeezed me hand. Then during the singles he was like 'come on' on every single fucking point! Including my double faults.... Then the ball is clearly out and he asked for the mark and I was like 'theres no mark' and he just gave me this look. Then I saved some MP at 63 53 and had a 8-4 lead in STB :rolleyes: Then I claimed that he did a 'Liezel Huber' and it double bounce and he said it didn't....

Yoncé
Nov 24th, 2012, 10:54 AM
^:hug:

Won today 2-6 7-6(11) [10-0]

The guy was a massive choker, he lead 6-2 4*-1 40-0, and I came back to lead 5-4 in the second, dropping like 2 points, he then held to level at 5-5 and broke my serve after a huge game. Serving for the match at 6-5 he was op 40-15 and choked, I saved the first MP with a huge return winner then he DF :sad: in the time break he was up 6-3 then 7-6 then 9-8, 10-9 and 11-10. I felt so bad for him, he was completely mentally exhausted in the STB but he took it fairly well and I was nice at the handshake :lol:

Pops Maellard
Nov 24th, 2012, 11:13 AM
I lost 2-6 1-6 in singles today :tears:.I guess I was a bit out of practice, having been rained on last Saturday but my game was has a few problems I need to sort. There was this one cool moment I did an emergency moonball and won the point, that was fun.

I also lost in doubles, so this was my first time (fourth overall) without a win in either :bigcry:.

Grigorpova
Nov 25th, 2012, 12:15 AM
Won match 6-2 6-3 6-2.

It was against a player I normally have trouble with and sometimes lose but I think my serve being more fast and effective now has stopped more break points appearing. My backhand has also improved majorly I can actually hit winners now :help:

charmedRic
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:06 AM
Played in this year's club Level A tournament:

Won R1 4-6 6-2 6-3
Won R2 6-2 6-2
Lost QF Withdraw (I couldn't play the match as scheduled) :hysteric:

A week later I took that momentum and won my first USTA 8.0 Mixed Doubles match! 6-4 2-6 7-6(2)

joe87
Nov 28th, 2012, 07:33 PM
Won 6-2 6-1 6-0 today :oh:

Goat-mode was totally on, can't believe that my backhand finally turns into a weapon :lol:

moodin0931
Nov 28th, 2012, 09:25 PM
8.0!! :eek:

Yoncé
Dec 1st, 2012, 07:38 AM
I pretty much played my PEAK form today :lol: well...in the last two sets. I lost the first 3-6, and from then on it was like PeakPiercesus had taken over my body, I stated the second with 16 straight points :hearts: I lost three points in the 4-0* game but cleared up the set with 4 aces :rolls: In the third the first 5 games were fairly tight as we both played well, but won the last 13 points of the match :eek: for the 3-6 6-0 6-2.

Contemplating retirement after that. It will never happen again.


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Pops Maellard
Dec 1st, 2012, 08:47 AM
:haha: I really needed some wins this week. Last Saturday I lost both singles and doubles and I was feeling really down about it.

Today started out pretty dismal. I was playing against a guy who I've practiced with a couple of times. I lost the first set 0-6 and I was pissed. Then he held first game of set 2 to lead 6-0 1-0. I finally won my first game next and roared "Come On!" like Serena does except manlier :oh:.

I can't honestly say I played that much better after that but he went into a slump, and I won the second set 6-2. If we split sets we have a supertiebreak, and I won that 10-6 :bigcry:.

0-6 6-2 (10-6) :lol:. Then in doubles we play first to 9 games and me + partner won 9-6 ;). So it was a great day.

Pops Maellard
Dec 1st, 2012, 08:53 AM
I've kinda worked out my gamestyle a bit better after today I think. I've been trying to play really powerful and that hasn't really worked. I do have enough power to not be attacked easily, but consistency is more my thing :p. So for the time being I'm gonna try and keep this in mind.

Maybe with a different, heavier racket I'll be able to play with more power. I'll have to save up for that :cool:.

moodin0931
Dec 1st, 2012, 04:20 PM
Great job everyone!! :cheer:

I always can hit so well in practice but never go for my shots in matches. I am so mentally unstable and simply resort to pushing which doesn't work at my level :hysteric:

Anyone got any tips? My serve absolutely sucks and I have to focus on my ground game. :facepalm:

Kəv.
Dec 2nd, 2012, 12:38 AM
Great job everyone!! :cheer:

I always can hit so well in practice but never go for my shots in matches. I am so mentally unstable and simply resort to pushing which doesn't work at my level :hysteric:

Anyone got any tips? My serve absolutely sucks and I have to focus on my ground game. :facepalm:

I have the same problem :help:

moodin0931
Dec 2nd, 2012, 12:59 AM
Why are we so alike!? :tape:

Well anyway I gotta start training again soon and I'm just gonna smash the ball in my first match :sobbing:

Kəv.
Dec 2nd, 2012, 01:26 AM
how are we alike when you like Oudin and I hate her :oh:

Pops Maellard
Dec 2nd, 2012, 11:28 AM
A lot of pros have that problem too. How many times have we read about a player hitting well in practice only to flop during a match? ;)

¤CharlDa¤
Dec 3rd, 2012, 03:14 AM
Just decided to play my 6th Futures even this coming January in Florida :bounce:

Its really just for the kick of doing it as I have really not been playing as much recently. But I'll be in the area with my family, should be a great chance to enjoy it once again!

Pops Maellard
Dec 3rd, 2012, 09:28 AM
Just decided to play my 6th Futures even this coming January in Florida :bounce:

Its really just for the kick of doing it as I have really not been playing as much recently. But I'll be in the area with my family, should be a great chance to enjoy it once again!
Cool :D. Liking your chances? ;)

CrossCourt~Rally
Dec 3rd, 2012, 12:43 PM
Just decided to play my 6th Futures even this coming January in Florida :bounce:

Its really just for the kick of doing it as I have really not been playing as much recently. But I'll be in the area with my family, should be a great chance to enjoy it once again!


GL Charlie! :cheer:

moodin0931
Dec 3rd, 2012, 06:25 PM
You go! :hearts: Tell us how it goes :)

charmedRic
Dec 4th, 2012, 04:13 PM
8.0!! :eek:

in Doubles and Mixed Doubles the 8.0 means the rating of the two players can't add up to over 8.0. So in our case, the team we beat was two 4.0 players.

moodin0931
Dec 4th, 2012, 06:41 PM
Oh :lol: Still great job!! :yeah:

¤CharlDa¤
Dec 4th, 2012, 06:51 PM
Cool :D. Liking your chances? ;)

I haven't done well on clay at all. I barely have the chance to play on clay during the year and so far I have really been killed on green and red clay. At least I managed to get games both times. So I'm just going out there to have fun, but hopefully not get double bagelled ;)

I'm doing much better on hardcourts and indoors though, which fits my style much better and my training over the years.

But hey, I'm not taking this seriously. I'm having fun playing such tournaments, dream come true!

moodin0931
Dec 4th, 2012, 11:38 PM
Imagine if you started winning! :eek:

You go!! :cheer: :hearts:

Pops Maellard
Dec 5th, 2012, 12:01 AM
I haven't done well on clay at all. I barely have the chance to play on clay during the year and so far I have really been killed on green and red clay. At least I managed to get games both times. So I'm just going out there to have fun, but hopefully not get double bagelled ;)

I'm doing much better on hardcourts and indoors though, which fits my style much better and my training over the years.

But hey, I'm not taking this seriously. I'm having fun playing such tournaments, dream come true!
You never know, you might encounter someone who's in your boat and you could win :hehehe:.

Anyway so annoyed. There's no indoor courts in my city and it's been raining all week. So I haven't practiced since Saturday :mad:. There goes all my momentum built up with my two wins on Saturday :(.

chingching
Dec 9th, 2012, 05:46 AM
Just won my event at a tournament :eek:
SO HAPPY!!!

Kəv.
Dec 9th, 2012, 07:06 AM
Is it an AMT? Or OJT?

Pops Maellard
Dec 9th, 2012, 09:38 AM
Thrashed in both singles and doubles. Wish I could say the bad weather all week was an excuse, but it was the same for everybody :sad:.

I totally forgot my plan to be patient and consistent. We actually had some great points in set 1 but I only one two games somehow, and then no games after that :bigcry:.

Now to work on my serve, and try for next Saturday :hehehe:. I also need to lift through my forehand a little better (like James Blake does in this vid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kluhYnSlGZU). I think I have good forehand power considering it's really just racket-head speed doing all the work but I really think I have potential to improve there. I just need to improve that, my serve & patience.

chingching
Dec 9th, 2012, 09:46 AM
Is it an AMT? Or OJT?

Why :oh:
I played really well though. I didn't win the main event this time :( Just conso :D

Kəv.
Dec 9th, 2012, 10:02 AM
Conso is still good :yeah: I haven't won a match on any TA, i've only played 2 though. I'm not really getting no where though, mainly the reason is because tennis for me to my parents is like priority 100

charmedRic
Dec 10th, 2012, 01:46 AM
Just won my event at a tournament :eek:
SO HAPPY!!!

Congrats!

charmedRic
Dec 10th, 2012, 01:49 AM
I won my second 8.0 Mixed Doubles match of the season (6-4 6-4), now 2-2 for the 2012 Mixed Doubles season with 2 matches to go. :cheer: And last week I played in a doubles charity tournament last minute and go to the finals. :dance:

chingching
Dec 10th, 2012, 02:07 AM
Conso is still good :yeah: I haven't won a match on any TA, i've only played 2 though. I'm not really getting no where though, mainly the reason is because tennis for me to my parents is like priority 100

You have to be persistent :)
My parents didn't want me to play tennis either, and still don't really. They won't take me to Gosford to play tournaments and no leave from school, but luckily there are a few local events in Sydney plus a couple of White AMTs at my level :) Also I have a lot of holidays, but I still have to catch public transport to most of my tournaments, but I get to go on a tournament trip these holidays :yeah:
It annoys me though that because they want to get people in the country to play tennis, there are no Golds and Silvers in Sydney anymore, so the Golds in Bathurst are weaker than the White's here :lol:

I was unfortunate in that I drew a really good player early in my tournament, who went on to do really well, so I had to play conso, but got some good matches and points :D

Also, there are some tournaments near you I think Hindrance.. And match play is more important than points or TA :D

Kəv.
Dec 10th, 2012, 02:13 AM
I haven't played a TA tournament in ages (1 year ago). I play the Eastern Tennis Region, I can play well when I'm in training, but I seem to struggle when I play comps. There is usually 1 OJT per holiday thats near me, but the weak ones are usually in Shepparton or Bendigo which is like a few hours away :tape: I honestly still think I'm just not ready. And you wouldn't understand, I have Asian parents so of course they want me to finish school :lol:

Kəv.
Dec 10th, 2012, 02:16 AM
What is your rank in Aus? Are you in top 1000?

chingching
Dec 10th, 2012, 05:27 AM
What is your rank in Aus? Are you in top 1000?

Yes :D Well inside :)
I am of course going to finish school also. Both my parents are lawyers and I asked my mum thta if I made Top 100 in TA if I could do schooling by correspondence and she said no :lol: She won't let me take leave, which is becoming more of an issue as Sydney is losing all its events. I would like to play the G5 next year in Sydney next year though :) My mum said she would let me skip school to play that because it's international, although it isn't really. Also Qualies is on the weekend, although there wasn't even any qualies matches except a couple this year :)

Kəv.
Dec 10th, 2012, 05:56 AM
Well Good luck with that :yeah:

netphobia
Dec 10th, 2012, 05:57 AM
Gag-worthy doubles match on Saturday 6-2 6-3 :hearts: I have come to the conclusion that I play like shit when the element of pace is taken away...

chingching
Dec 10th, 2012, 09:31 AM
Well Good luck with that :yeah:

Thankyou :)
I was going to play North Shore Open with the likes of Steph :oh: and Tyra, Myers, Adamczak etc. with Gail Brodsky being previous winner but decided I couldn't be bothered :lol: Could have played Manly but nah :lol:
Might play Gosford Gold :D

Kəv.
Dec 10th, 2012, 09:50 AM
wow, you do play at high level :eek:

Kəv.
Dec 10th, 2012, 09:51 AM
Gosford Gold has already finished? :lol:

chingching
Dec 10th, 2012, 09:58 AM
Gosford Gold has already finished? :lol:

No, it starts in January...

Kəv.
Dec 10th, 2012, 10:01 AM
Oh, I was looking at the one that just finished :p

Kəv.
Dec 10th, 2012, 10:02 AM
i still don't plan to do any TA tournaments for a while. Its a waste of time with me playing my worst tennis ever and bombing out in R1, and a waste of money with stupid entry fee.

And also its gonna get harder with it being U16 next year. But my cousin did play this really SHIT guy in QR1 :oh: But then got double bagelled by the 1st seed :lol:

Pops Maellard
Dec 10th, 2012, 10:34 AM
Practiced serve today and I think I made a good correction. I slipped into a bad habit of starting too frontal, so I tried to start more side-on. I think it definitely helped the consistency, especially of my crucial lefty serve, so that good :yeah:. Good thing about tennis - so many little non-disruptive tweaks you can make.

chingching
Dec 10th, 2012, 10:48 AM
i still don't plan to do any TA tournaments for a while. Its a waste of time with me playing my worst tennis ever and bombing out in R1, and a waste of money with stupid entry fee.

And also its gonna get harder with it being U16 next year. But my cousin did play this really SHIT guy in QR1 :oh: But then got double bagelled by the 1st seed :lol:
The qualifying draws is a good idea :)
Match practice is what's most important :)
16s is hard, especially for boys :D

moodin0931
Dec 11th, 2012, 09:52 PM
how old are you? :scratch:

Pops Maellard
Dec 13th, 2012, 05:03 AM
Looking forward to Saturday now. Had a great practice match today :devil:. Continued with my serving more side-on and it really is working :drool:. I practiced with the guy I beat 0-6 6-2 (10-6) the other week. I won the first 6-0. Then I was up 1-0 and my Mum came to pick me up :lol:. I only made 2 DFs, which isn't too bad.

I'm also trying to get my FH DTL going as that's a difficult shot for me (only the BH DTL is more difficult :tears:). I hit a couple of solid ones. I think that shot definitely has a future if I keep working at it.

Also getting a new racket for Xmas :cheer:. A Prince Ozone 7.

chingching
Dec 13th, 2012, 06:36 AM
how old are you? :scratch:

Young, O so young :D

joe87
Dec 13th, 2012, 04:39 PM
Won 6-0 6-4 yesterday :D

First set was as the scoreline looks, second was closer. He had *4-3 40-30 but I saved that game and the next two in a easy way :cheer:

I'm in a really good form right now, but no tournaments are held in the near. At the moment it looks like I will have to wait till February :facepalm: :sad:

hellas719
Dec 14th, 2012, 01:51 AM
chingching is a girl? :eek:

chingching
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:45 AM
chingching is a girl? :eek:

No one knows :D
They just think I am :lol:
They have no idea :)

Kəv.
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:56 AM
no one has any idea :shrug:

Grigorpova
Dec 14th, 2012, 06:57 AM
Hindrance and chingching do you two play MJDS and all that? I do the Northumberland region one :)

I was thinking of going to Gosford Gold but I probably would've got smashed.

Kəv.
Dec 14th, 2012, 07:00 AM
MJDS?

I haven't played TA tournaments for a whole now

chingching
Dec 14th, 2012, 07:51 AM
Hindrance and chingching do you two play MJDS and all that? I do the Northumberland region one :)

I was thinking of going to Gosford Gold but I probably would've got smashed.

I played a few at 16s level and I would have made the state final, but I didn't play enough :)
I don't have much time, so I just play twilights :)

moodin0931
Dec 14th, 2012, 08:29 PM
National ranking? :)

chingching
Dec 15th, 2012, 12:36 AM
High :D
I don't want to give you ideas :)
I will just say this: It's at least Top 600 :D

Ben.
Dec 15th, 2012, 08:48 AM
I always try to play a set of tennis once a week against my friend at my local tennis club. Won our first match 6-3 3-6 6-4.

And then a couple of days ago I led 5-0 in the 1st set before he came back and won 7 consecutive games to win the set 7-5. I relaxed too much and lost my intensity after I was realised I was up 5-0. Kind of went a bit easy on him when he won his first game :lol:

Kəv.
Dec 15th, 2012, 09:33 AM
Won 7-6(4) 7-5

:lol: It was mostly a shit fest, I couldn't hit much winners, my backhand was TERRIBLE! The only thing that kept me in the game was that he couldn't return my serves.

I also led 4-2 in the second :( to then go to 4-5 then to 7-5 :lol:

Pops Maellard
Dec 15th, 2012, 10:27 AM
9-3 in doubles :cheer:, 6-4 4-6 (10-6) in singles :sobbing:.

Doubles was fun, singles was ugh. My 'fixed' serve was pretty good in doubles (and I was serving with the sun right in my face too), but it kind of fell apart in singles. My good serving form from Thursday practice kinda disappeared. Although anything is better than my old one. I was still able to get some good ones - without that I would've lost probably. On the right track, just need to practice it some more :cheer:.

The kid I was facing was also a fucking brat :tears:. The kind that serves before you're ready, smacks balls to any old where when he's passing them to you to serve. Just ugh. He was just a kid though. I was tempted to give him a very cold handshake but resisted.

Six Feet Under
Dec 15th, 2012, 11:15 AM
Hindrance and chingching do you two play MJDS and all that? I do the Northumberland region one :)

I was thinking of going to Gosford Gold but I probably would've got smashed.

I used to play MJDS northumberland :hysteric:

I haven't played a gosford tournament in yonks, I don't wanna know what my ranking is :o

chingching
Dec 15th, 2012, 11:48 PM
I always save set points :D
Against my friend I was down 5-4 and 4 set points, saved them and saved 2 more at 5-6 before winning tiebreak, therefore winning the match as I won the first set 6-2 :D
Also in my tournaments, saved 5 set points in the second :lol:
I always choke a lead before reclaiming it just in time :D

Kəv.
Dec 15th, 2012, 11:49 PM
I'm a big headcase and I always choke.

¤CharlDa¤
Dec 18th, 2012, 04:12 PM
So after being in the alternates for the past week, I just sneaked in the qualifying draw for the 15k in Plantation in January!

I'm totally not in shape, but it'll be a great way to end a huge part of my life. After working in tennis for the past 10 years, I have been offered a big job in my field of study (environmental engineering) starting in mid-January. It's a big step, becoming an adult (officially!), and I'm excited to move on to something else in such a way :)

CrossCourt~Rally
Dec 18th, 2012, 09:00 PM
So after being in the alternates for the past week, I just sneaked in the qualifying draw for the 15k in Plantation in January!

I'm totally not in shape, but it'll be a great way to end a huge part of my life. After working in tennis for the past 10 years, I have been offered a big job in my field of study (environmental engineering) starting in mid-January. It's a big step, becoming an adult (officially!), and I'm excited to move on to something else in such a way :)

Congrats Charlie! :aparty:

moodin0931
Dec 18th, 2012, 09:21 PM
Congrats! Go for it!! :bounce: :armed:

Grigorpova
Dec 20th, 2012, 03:58 AM
I used to play MJDS northumberland :hysteric:

I haven't played a gosford tournament in yonks, I don't wanna know what my ranking is :o

I only played like two tournaments this year and only got to semifinals in one :tape:

Adrian.
Dec 26th, 2012, 12:12 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=472424

Have a look guys :cheer: it will be great, if a lot of you take part :cheer:

AUSBOY
Dec 28th, 2012, 02:45 AM
Anyone here play a lot of AMT's in Victoria?

nathanj594
Jan 15th, 2013, 10:57 PM
Blew my knee out today a la Mary Pierce, I almost screamed just as loud. If anyone doesn't know the pain of this injury, it's completely the most intense pain I've ever felt. Hopefully I can get back on the court..if not then I had fun and I'll always love tennis.

netphobia
Jan 16th, 2013, 01:02 AM
I'm sorry to hear that, that sucks!! :sad: :hug: Wishing you a speedy recovery :wavey:

Sam L
Jan 16th, 2013, 09:09 AM
Won doubles match in 3. Bleh. Hate doubles.

chingching
Jan 16th, 2013, 12:20 PM
I won matches :yeah:
My ranking is going to Jump :D
Top 500 :yeah:
And easily :oh:

Anyone here play a lot of AMT's in Victoria?

I was gonna play Margaret Court AMT + OJT and also Shepparton but CBF so I played OJTs and AMTs in Sydney :)

moodin0931
Jan 16th, 2013, 08:38 PM
^Top 500 in what!? :eek:

moodin0931
Jan 16th, 2013, 08:39 PM
Won doubles match in 3. Bleh. Hate doubles.

:lol: I know I hate doubles matches and I always play pitiful in them :spit: :tape:

chingching
Jan 16th, 2013, 11:38 PM
^Top 500 in what!? :eek:

Tennis Australia Open Rankings :)

Pops Maellard
Jan 16th, 2013, 11:54 PM
My tennis won't start again till February :o. Oh well, I'm practicing my serve pretty well and it's definitely getting better.

Kəv.
Jan 17th, 2013, 01:27 AM
:lol: I know I hate doubles matches and I always play pitiful in them :spit: :tape:

I'm so useless in doubles :rolls:

netphobia
Jan 17th, 2013, 03:17 AM
I'm playing a doubles tournament this weekend. :unsure: It'll be good because my partner can't play forehand and I can't play backhand side :hearts: I can't wait for some fail!net play

Lachy
Feb 3rd, 2013, 08:03 AM
Ok, so I have a question about gamestyles...hopefully someone can help me out. I have pretty flat groundies but I play my best against big-hitters. I really like using the pace of their shots. Lately I have been struggling against really defensive players (pushers) that just loop the ball back, often dropping it really short, with no pace whatsoever. I feel like I have to generate all the pace myself. Often times I start these matches well but because I am going for so much I lose all my rhythm on my groundstrokes and crumble in the 2nd set. Last match I played a defensive player I decided to play more defensively myself and just try and get more margin on my shots.

What's the answer to these sorts of match-ups? It's like when I go for my shots constantly I lose rhythm and feel but when I play too defensively I end up getting run left and right. It is tough to find the perfect solution. :lol:

chingching
Feb 3rd, 2013, 08:10 AM
Doubles changes for me :D
If I can volley or serve or hit my forehand, I love it :D

Yoncé
Feb 3rd, 2013, 08:14 AM
I was so awful on Saturday :o lost doubles 6-7 1-6. Singles was just embarrassing I lost 1-6 6-4 2-6 I won't the second set in Kerber mode, totally couldn't care less, I didn't move if I did I was walking to hit my shots. They guy I played was the biggest asshole as well :o he fist pumped and did come on after I missed a smash, and a couple of time when I hit the easiest shots into the net. And then he complained when I did a come on after serving and ace to win the second :rolleyes: matches like that really annoy me because he was a shit player and I lost to him, he was actually useless and I was soooo rusty.

Yoncé
Feb 3rd, 2013, 08:17 AM
Ok, so I have a question about gamestyles...hopefully someone can help me out. I have pretty flat groundies but I play my best against big-hitters. I really like using the pace of their shots. Lately I have been struggling against really defensive players (pushers) that just loop the ball back, often dropping it really short, with no pace whatsoever. I feel like I have to generate all the pace myself. Often times I start these matches well but because I am going for so much I lose all my rhythm on my groundstrokes and crumble in the 2nd set. Last match I played a defensive player I decided to play more defensively myself and just try and get more margin on my shots.

What's the answer to these sorts of match-ups? It's like when I go for my shots constantly I lose rhythm and feel but when I play too defensively I end up getting run left and right. It is tough to find the perfect solution. :lol:

When I play defensive players I play slightly more defensively myself, I hit angles and make the run side to side and wait for a short ball to attack. I also try to get to net a lot more often and also attack on ROS. But I generate my own power pretty easily so :lol:

Pops Maellard
Feb 3rd, 2013, 08:51 AM
I was awful Saturday too :o. First match of the new year. Whenever I lose I feel it's because I played badly and I always have chances but miss them :o.

Payam
Feb 4th, 2013, 01:32 AM
I didn't play my best match on Saturday, but I won both the doubles and the singles in the tie-break (had to save one MP in each of them, phew!).


I was awful Saturday too :o. First match of the new year. Whenever I lose I feel it's because I played badly and I always have chances but miss them :o.

Do you play at interclub or regional?

Pops Maellard
Feb 4th, 2013, 11:00 AM
Interclub. Must. Be. More. Patient.

I'm still sad about Saturday but I'm ready to avenge myself :oh:. I don't suck. I know I can play good, I just need to use my head :angel:.

Payam
Feb 4th, 2013, 05:45 PM
Oh cool, I play interclub as well. It took me a couple of losses to players who were not really better than me to realize the importance of patience. I would have lost again in my Saturday match if I had not been patient, but I waited for the right moment and it worked.

Kəv.
Feb 5th, 2013, 07:28 AM
I have some mental issues as well :lol:
I can play well, just for some reason not in competitions and against annoying people

charmedRic
Feb 6th, 2013, 01:22 PM
Playing in a doubles tournament this weekend, it's a Round of 32 draw ... and my team is the 8th seed ... first time seeded at a Club level tournament. :cheer:

Pops Maellard
Feb 7th, 2013, 01:42 PM
I feel so unconfident right now :sad:. I played just a fun match against a cousin (first time I'd done so), and it was like club match last Saturday. I lost 2 & 2 this time instead of 2 & 1 like then though :p:sobbing: but it was still the same scenario - so many deuce games, chances, BPs, but I don't take them and end up with really a worse scoreline than I think I played.

I really think I have a solid game (I mean just for example, I can serve and most of my club opponents can only get the ball over the net to start the point), but I feel that the matches I'm playing are totally insulting to how I feel I could be doing. I know it's absolutely a mental thing. I play again Saturday. Time will tell if I can start to fix things.

I'm not saying I'm some great player or anything :lol:, but you have to admit when you can serve, and most of your opponents basically can't, and they still hold the vast majority of their games while you hold maybe once or twice, something is up :tears:.

Lachy
Feb 7th, 2013, 01:51 PM
I feel so unconfident right now :sad:. I played just a fun match against a cousin (first time I'd done so), and it was like club match last Saturday. I lost 2 & 2 this time instead of 2 & 1 like then though :p:sobbing: but it was still the same scenario - so many deuce games, chances, BPs, but I don't take them and end up with really a worse scoreline than I think I played.

I really think I have a solid game (I mean just for example, I can serve and most of my club opponents can only get the ball over the net to start the point), but I feel that the matches I'm playing are totally insulting to how I feel I could be doing. I know it's absolutely a mental thing. I play again Saturday. Time will tell if I can start to fix things.

I'm not saying I'm some great player or anything :lol:, but you have to admit when you can serve, and most of your opponents basically can't, and they still hold the vast majority of their games while you hold maybe once or twice, something is up :tears:.

How do you usually play the important points? :lol:

Pops Maellard
Feb 7th, 2013, 01:59 PM
How do you usually play the important points? :lol:
Like a clown a lot of the time :lol:. I know it's easy to say 'just play smarter on the important points' but it's like my thinking brain shuts down, I go into autopilot and before I know it the moment has passed :lol:.

Payam
Feb 7th, 2013, 06:45 PM
I feel so unconfident right now :sad:. I played just a fun match against a cousin (first time I'd done so), and it was like club match last Saturday. I lost 2 & 2 this time instead of 2 & 1 like then though :p:sobbing: but it was still the same scenario - so many deuce games, chances, BPs, but I don't take them and end up with really a worse scoreline than I think I played.

I really think I have a solid game (I mean just for example, I can serve and most of my club opponents can only get the ball over the net to start the point), but I feel that the matches I'm playing are totally insulting to how I feel I could be doing. I know it's absolutely a mental thing. I play again Saturday. Time will tell if I can start to fix things.

I'm not saying I'm some great player or anything :lol:, but you have to admit when you can serve, and most of your opponents basically can't, and they still hold the vast majority of their games while you hold maybe once or twice, something is up :tears:.

I think the main problem here is not having the kind of practice which boosts up your confidence in your shots. I had the same feeling in the Pre-Xmas interclub season that I can't use all my potential in the games, or in other words I couldn't translate all my competence into performance when it was most needed.
What is your NZ ranking by the way? Have you had a self-rating according to NTRP or ITN?

Pops Maellard
Feb 7th, 2013, 09:53 PM
I think the main problem here is not having the kind of practice which boosts up your confidence in your shots. I had the same feeling in the Pre-Xmas interclub season that I can't use all my potential in the games, or in other words I couldn't translate all my competence into performance when it was most needed.
What is your NZ ranking by the way? Have you had a self-rating according to NTRP or ITN?
Nah, ranking's not really been discussed yet :).

Payam
Feb 7th, 2013, 10:20 PM
Oh ok, but if you play at interclub matches, you definitely have a ranking. You can search your name and find it here:

http://www.tennis.org.nz/

Pops Maellard
Feb 7th, 2013, 10:30 PM
Oh ok, but if you play at interclub matches, you definitely have a ranking. You can search your name and find it here:

http://www.tennis.org.nz/
True :lol::eek:. Looks like my W/L record is exactly 50%. I alternate between a win and a loss each week :sobbing:. I'm due for a win Saturday then :lol:.

Yoncé
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:42 AM
This morning I played against a super hot guy, he had amazing legs :drool: and wore running shorts :oh: needless to say I was too distracted and lost :tears: but I won in another department to do with numbers :oh:

Mynarco
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:56 AM
This morning I played against a super hot guy, he had amazing legs :drool: and wore running shorts :oh: needless to say I was too distracted and lost :tears: but I won in another department to do with numbers :oh:

Sam. :haha:
Receipts.

Yoncé
Feb 9th, 2013, 02:04 AM
I can't help it Chrono bb :sad:
I'll PM them to you when I get home :oh:


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Mynarco
Feb 9th, 2013, 03:46 AM
Miam cheers BB

Kəv.
Feb 9th, 2013, 05:58 AM
Played the no1 team today (we r no2) but we lost by 1 set. It was even on games though. Good performance by me. I won the doubles 75 and won singles 61 64 (had MP at 61 52 though....)

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chingching
Feb 9th, 2013, 07:03 AM
I won 2 and 1 today :armed:
Lost doubles 7-5 5-7 10-6 though :(
We were down 6-0 in MTB before coming back to 6-5 and 8-6 :(

Lachy
Feb 9th, 2013, 07:10 AM
6-1 6-3 in singles and 6-0 in doubles. My partner also won in straights. Hopefully we will be on top of the ladder now :D

Yoncé
Feb 9th, 2013, 07:15 AM
Won my afternoon doubles in a tight tie break :D in singles I was up 4*-2 30-0 in the third and rolled my ankle really badly :o
Significant decline in eye candy as well :sad:

Pops Maellard
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:52 AM
Today was a bad day, with a silver lining.

It was a rematch VS the guy I played in just my second club match late last year - a really short young kid who hits surprisingly big. On that occasion he thrashed me 1 & 1. Today was much closer, but a big missed opportunity.

Well, tennis can either make your day or ruin it, depending how the match goes :lol:.

I started off up a break but lost the set 4-6 in the end. After that I was on a tear for a while. I raced out to 4-0, and he was serving and I had a BP for 5-0 but didn't get it. And then my lead just disappeared. At 5-5 I broke again but didn't serve out successfully to force a deciding STB. Then I played a stinker of a TB. GSM other guy, 6-4 7-6. We played for almost 2 hours.

Then I lost doubles (first to nine games at interclub), but by then my give-a-fuck-o-meter was completely drained...

Losing from almost 5-0 up sucks ass :(. But the silver lining is that my mental focus was much-improved today. Obviously it let me down again when it mattered, but nowhere near as badly as usual. Today was, I think a growth. I normally lose every single deuce game, but today I won a fair few.

This is also the first time I've lost quite a close match. I've won a couple of close matches (against players I think I could've beaten more easily if I was mentally stronger), but every loss I've had has been extremely one-sided. Not the case today. This marked the first time I played a good match VS someone and lost narrowly. This was probably also the first time I was encouraged to play better after losing a first set rather than being discouraged at having played such an awful first set...

Excuse the essay, I just had a lot to get out :lol:.

moodin0931
Feb 9th, 2013, 03:19 PM
:awww: :hug:

Payam
Feb 9th, 2013, 09:51 PM
Sorry to hear that you have lost. It is great that you are looking at the silver lining and it seems you are not faraway from wins. Also I think 50% win/loss record is quite good for interclub matches. It is really hard to be consistent and win every match.

Kəv.
Feb 10th, 2013, 05:32 AM
Played the no1 team today (we r no2) but we lost by 1 set. It was even on games though. Good performance by me. I won the doubles 75 and won singles 61 64 (had MP at 61 52 though....)

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More report on my matches.
The doubles was fun, we were down 1-3 but then got the break back and then broke :bounce: My volleys were great as well and I hit some pretty good dropshots.
In my singles I was confident, except on serve and backhand :help: I just felt so scared to hit anything on BH. Forehand was great though, except some stupid points where I couldn't put away an easy forehand..

whiteskyen
Feb 11th, 2013, 01:39 AM
Sorry to hear that you have lost. It is great that you are looking at the silver lining and it seems you are not faraway from wins. Also I think 50% win/loss record is quite good for interclub matches. It is really hard to be consistent and win every match.

If don't win in this time, we will try hard in the next time

joe87
Feb 13th, 2013, 07:27 PM
I tried to count W/UE ratio in my match today, and I think it was quite good with 21-15 :) Won 6-0 6-0 :lol:

netphobia
Feb 13th, 2013, 07:41 PM
Nice!

I served 100 balls once and made 75 of them. Terrible, terrible idea, because my arm was sore for the rest of the week.

moodin0931
Feb 13th, 2013, 10:04 PM
but it was probably very good practice ;)

I should do that too :lol:

hessie
Feb 14th, 2013, 12:58 AM
i realised the other day that i havent won a singles match since November 2011!!!! :facepalm: .. :lol: i dont play that much anymore, should have won last saturday, but lost 6-4 6-2, this was after playing a great doubles match. :(

Pops Maellard
Feb 14th, 2013, 01:48 AM
i realised the other day that i havent won a singles match since November 2011!!!! :facepalm: .. :lol: i dont play that much anymore, should have won last saturday, but lost 6-4 6-2, this was after playing a great doubles match. :(
:hug:. Keep trying! Right now being on a 4-match losing streak (singles and doubles) is bad enough for me :hysteric:.

The guy who beat me 6-2 6-2 last week in a fun match i'm playing again today in another practice. I'm gonna hopefully continue the improved focus I showed last Saturday and set out to destroy him :armed::devil::lol:.

Pops Maellard
Feb 14th, 2013, 05:26 AM
3-6 6-7. So I did better than last week's practice match, Just like I first got thrashed by the same guy I narrowly lossed to last Saturday. It's a process :oh:.

tenniskleding.nl
Feb 14th, 2013, 12:49 PM
Nice

Payam
Feb 16th, 2013, 02:27 AM
Oops what a day! I lost both in singles and doubles. Our doubles team is quite strong and we had lost only once before in the last six matches. But today we lost to a guy who had a very ugly game (he played tennis like table tennis), and I couldn't believe it that we were losing to HIM. It was 63 64.
I lost my singles match as well (not to this guy thanks goodness), I have only myself to blame as I was still in the shock of losing that easy doubles match.

Pops Maellard
Feb 16th, 2013, 04:37 AM
Worst tennis day of the year for me so far. Lost singles 0 & 1. I think I lost every point in the first three games and my first point was opponent DF. I was so bad. My opponent kept the ball in play and hit some OK shots here and there, but like so many other matches, I beat myself. I guess it didn't help it was extra windy. I thought I was getting better but who was I kidding?

I should've made the second set closer. I had a few chances, and there were a few deuces (of which I lost all of course).

After match I was really depressed (still am), and I thought of quitting for a second. But then, maybe I need to lower my expectations a bit. It's clear that I'm not going to move up to the 'next level' (whatever that may be) anytime soon. So maybe I'll play better if I don't have that in mind.

I really hate it right now though...

nazzac
Feb 16th, 2013, 09:01 PM
I had a match this morning just before the Del Potro match on the park with a mate i have never played before. Won 7-6,6-0 in a match that seemed like a puzzle to me. Unlike some other friends i play or people at my club, he could serve just as well as me (i've always been the one that can serve properly), and he was really good at keeping the ball in play. I managed to get through the tie break, then his serve broke down whilst my level rose a bit. I love attacking the net when i can, but it seemed like every point, i attacked the net. He didn't handle it so well.

Can't wait until later on in the year when everyone starts to play again, but tomorrow i have a club match with apparently the best player there. I've always said that anyone who is even half decent at tennis would beat me, so i guess i'll find out tomorrow just how much by.

Yoncé
Feb 17th, 2013, 06:02 AM
Played 2 doubles and 2 singles and in my doubles matches I played like crap, lost the first 3-6 and the second 2-6 0-6 :lol: in the first set of the second one I had a service game that went for about 20 minutes, and my partner did nothing in it :o except fucking up a hell of a lot of volleys :shrug:

In both the singles I played GOAT mode. Best I've played in a long, long time. High winners of both wings, lots of aces, I moved really well too. Most importantly very few DFs. First match was 6-2, I served for it at 5-0 but was facing the sun and could hardly see :tears: he held serve then to save him self form the bakery. Afternoon I won 6-1 6-0 :D easily my best match, and my opponent didn't play poorly I was just playing so well! Hopefully I can sustain this :D

Kəv.
Feb 17th, 2013, 06:18 AM
Won doubles 6-3 and singles 6-3 6-3
I actually was really crap :lol:
In doubles I didn't really do anything
In singles I just waited for his errors. When he got his serves and shots in though it was hard for me to return them, it was so hot and my movement was like Robsons. I only won because his second serve was so weak

Pops Maellard
Feb 17th, 2013, 07:27 AM
Feel better today, except my knee's a bit sore :lol:. Never mind. It'll be fine :). I did a bit of light practice, and talked to my coach again. It's been a while since we had a proper coaching session, and he agrees with me that I'm mostly beating myself :p. So we're gonna do that again.

crazillo
Feb 17th, 2013, 12:57 PM
My home club hosted a tournament today. You have two guaranteed matches to play. I didn't have many chances in my first match and lost 2-6 0-6. My opponent played much better than his 'ranking' (we got Leistungsklassen in Germany, 1 is best and 23 is worst), great serving espacially. He caught my on my backhand wide quite often and I couldn't do much. Should have held serve more often though and the scoree might have looked a little more friendly like 3-6 3-6. But no chances really. He also beat my teammate with almost the same scoreline later, too.

Second match was a different story. My opponent this time had a higher 'ranking' then the first one but he was a little weaker on serve. I had gamepoints in all of the first five service games and it could have been 5-0, it was 3-2 instead. Then had three setpoints on my opponent's serve at 5-4 and wasted them. :sad: After losing the set 5-7 I changed my game plan and became more patient, waiting for his errors. I won the second set 6-1 and was very pleased overall. Then we had to play a match tiebreak and it was a lottery. Both were nervous obviously. Was down 6-9 and played four great points in a row (aggressively), celebrating loudly. :lol: But then I lost 10-12. :sad: One of these "should have won" matches but I think I really lost it in the first set more so than in the tiebreak where you never know what's gonna happen. Still happy with my fightback but I couldn't score those juicy points. :(

nazzac
Feb 17th, 2013, 01:13 PM
tomorrow i have a club match with apparently the best player there. I've always said that anyone who is even half decent at tennis would beat me, so i guess i'll find out tomorrow just how much by.

I lost in 3 sets 6-7,7-6,6-4

One bad service game, and he took advantage. Otherwise i played a good match. I think my Serve Volley attack troubled him a bit, whilst in baseline rallies he was far the better player, but i did better there than i thought i would.

darrinbaker00
Feb 18th, 2013, 02:18 AM
Today was a first for me. My opponent was up a set and a break, I hadn't even gotten so much as a deuce on his serve, and he tapped out with a back injury. I won 4-6, 2-4, ret.

Sam L
Feb 18th, 2013, 09:26 AM
Today was a first for me. My opponent was up a set and a break, I hadn't even gotten so much as a deuce on his serve, and he tapped out with a back injury. I won 4-6, 2-4, ret.
What a coincidence, I saw that scoreline whilst browsing through the Grand Slam Record book vol 2 last night. Here I looked it up: Winifred Slolock/Dora Boothby d. Chartlotte Cooper/Dorothea Lambert Chambers 4-6 2-4 rtd in 1913 Wimbledon ladies doubles final.

Well done!

hessie
Feb 18th, 2013, 10:40 AM
My massive losing streak contInued on Saturday.. I lost 6-4 6-3.. Was up 4-2 in the first set.. Then had a game point at 4-3. :(. Smashed one of my new racquets in the 2nd set. Oops. :S

The Bulldog
Feb 18th, 2013, 09:38 PM
Today I played my first match since fracturing my arm last autumn. My opponent was also playing his first match of the season so I guess that offset my own lay-off and we were on a level playing field with regards to how good we were feeling about our games. I'm happy to say I won 7-6(6) 6-1 3-6 6-3.

He could have won the first set, we exchanged breaks right at the beginning and he served for the set at *6-5. Then in the tie-break he was up *4-0, but I played really well to end up winning the breaker 8-6. Second set I absolutely dominated with some big backhands and cute forehands. Third set he played well, better than he had all match, and his serve finally started to work, and he deserved to win it. Fourth set his serve turned all crappy and I stumbled across the winning line.

I hit probably twenty double-faults (perhaps more) in the match, and only one ace. I'm not worrying about it as its the first match of the season and I ended up winning. I'll have another crack at it on Wednesday against the same guy.

Pops Maellard
Feb 19th, 2013, 09:35 AM
Sounds great ^, a five-set match :eek:. What sort of level do you play at?

The Bulldog
Feb 19th, 2013, 05:26 PM
Sounds great ^, a five-set match :eek:. What sort of level do you play at?

Thank you, it was great to get back on the court again after a while away from it. :) I play in some local tournaments but nothing more than that. :yeah: I don't want to fool you into thinking I am amazing, because it's really quite the opposite. :lol:

While I'm still young, I might as well play as many long matches as I can. I for one love playing best of five, I don't get the problem of losing motivation and interest after an hour or two of playing.

I take it from the surprised tone of your post that you don't ever play best of five? I don't think many do, to be honest. :)

Kəv.
Feb 23rd, 2013, 05:17 AM
Had like the worst day ever
Lost doubles 61, lost singles 61 61, played so shit i played like Jarmugla
And even bad news for my team, finals is in 3 weeks
2 are injured, 1 is gonna be away, so it's only me and my couz left :(
Probably now will have to forfeit in the finals :sad:

Lachy
Feb 23rd, 2013, 06:34 AM
Won singles 6-3 6-4! :dance: Lost doubles but idgaf.

Yoncé
Feb 23rd, 2013, 09:28 AM
Won singles 6-3 6-4! :dance: Lost doubles but idgaf.

:worship:

Lost my school single 4-6 today from 1-5 down, it was really tight. And to a girl :sobbing::lol: I apparently grunted at times in the match :unsure: I screamed after losing the MP :lol: I netted the easiest backhand drive volley put away :facepalm:
Then won 7-5 6-1 redeeming myself. Doubles is irrelevant.

Pops Maellard
Feb 23rd, 2013, 09:28 AM
Another Saturday, another pair of losses. 0 and 3 in singles, and 9-8 in doubles (and 8-8 in doubles, a STB is played)

I feel better than I did last week though. I deserved to lose this week because between this and last Saturday I didn't practice. I had a sore knee and had no motivation anyway.

Set 1 was a non-contest. I was shaking off rust. Set 2 up to a point could've gone either way. I held after a ton of deuces to level 3-3 in set 2, but after that it fell apart. My serve was awful due to no practice. Maybe if I was better practiced I could've turned things around. Alas.

Bottom line is I beat myself again :p. But I'm gonna get back to normal practice now.

In set 2 I hit this one FH return winner that wasn't hit hard but perfectly timed. My CC backhand was also good at times. I do have shots. Alas, having shots doesn't always mean much. I know I'll get there someday. I sometimes forget I've only been playing against other people since late last year. I had lessons for a couple of years before that, but didn't play any matches.

Womp Up The Jamz
Feb 23rd, 2013, 02:32 PM
I tried to play a USTA 4.0 tournament today without having played since October... Needless to say it wasn't pretty. :(

Lost the first 10 games, before I decided screw it, just swing away god damnit. I ended up losing 0-6, 6-7 (2).

So, pretty happy to have not been double bageled from 0-6, 0-4, but frustrated I played my B game, and C game before I started my A game.

Without confidence of playing I was loopy mcfail pants for the first set with a ton of sitters my opponent was just crushing. I tries Cohen style moonballing which helped me won the first two points before getting figured out. Then with nothing to lose, and 8 points from a double bagel I just hit the ball and bashed my way into it, which is what I do.

After fighting off MPs in the 12th game to go to a tie break, I lost the plot and got defensive and promptly lost, with a failed drop shot return on MP. :/

It was fun to play though.

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Womp Up The Jamz
Feb 23rd, 2013, 02:35 PM
Another Saturday, another pair of losses. 0 and 3 in singles, and 9-8 in doubles (and 8-8 in doubles, a STB is played)

I feel better than I did last week though. I deserved to lose this week because between this and last Saturday I didn't practice. I had a sore knee and had no motivation anyway.

Set 1 was a non-contest. I was shaking off rust. Set 2 up to a point could've gone either way. I held after a ton of deuces to level 3-3 in set 2, but after that it fell apart. My serve was awful due to no practice. Maybe if I was better practiced I could've turned things around. Alas.

Bottom line is I beat myself again :p. But I'm gonna get back to normal practice now.

In set 2 I hit this one FH return winner that wasn't hit hard but perfectly timed. My CC backhand was also good at times. I do have shots. Alas, having shots doesn't always mean much. I know I'll get there someday. I sometimes forget I've only been playing against other people since late last year. I had lessons for a couple of years before that, but didn't play any matches.

It'll come together, and when it does the confidence that you get from that can propel you to a higher level even.


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nazzac
Feb 23rd, 2013, 07:22 PM
I had a good match today against a guy at the club. Won 7-6 (8-6),6-4 in a match that we both played well in overall.

I started badly though, getting broken in the first game, making too many errors from the baseline. After he won his service game to love in a simular way i decided to switch up and go into serve volley mode. It worked, as i managed to get back into the match, and at 3-4 i broke back. It was back and fourth until the tiebreak, where he raced into a 4-0 lead. at 4-1 he double faulted, and his serve broke down. It allowed me back in, and i won the tiebreak 8-6.

The 2nd set started where the first left off with me on top. I broke in the 1st game, and focused on holding till the end. I did and picked up a good win.

At the net he jokingly said "you think you're Pete Sampras you". I just laughed, and said "i wish".

Managed to get back in time for the Tsonga match, so i'm happy.

The Bulldog
Feb 23rd, 2013, 10:39 PM
On Wednesday I lost 1-6 4-6 6-1 3-6 against my friend.

Today in the league matches, I won the singles 6-0 6-1 and the doubles 7-5 6-3. Great day overall, really happy with my team and how I was integrated into the set-up after a long time out.

moodin0931
Feb 24th, 2013, 07:24 PM
:hug:

Sam L
Feb 26th, 2013, 07:46 AM
Won 6-4 6-1 against a friend. Slow start.

Domo19
Feb 26th, 2013, 09:06 PM
Last week win double tournament :D :D :D
Q1: 6/0 6/0
Q2: 6/0 6/0
R1: 6/0 6/0
R2: 6/4 5/7 10/3
QF: 6/2 6/0
SF: 6/4 6/4
F: 6/2 7/5

Unfortunately lost in Q1 of singles : 6/1 4/6 5/7 :spit: had 4/2 in 2nd set and 3/0 in 3rd .. need brain :help:

Have some stats only from singles : 17 aces 14 DF's 1st serve %in: 45% winning after 1st% 94% after 2nd: 26% :spit:
Thanks mom your stats are the best :*

Next week new tournament wish me luck :cheer:

SloaneStephens
Feb 28th, 2013, 04:35 PM
Played a five set match at our local tennis club, I won

4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-0. It took a mere 2 hours and 6 minutes to complete with the final two sets only lasting a little under half an hour. My opponent was tired by the end. I served very well the whole match, especially in the tiebreaks, but he upped his return game and won the 3rd set TB. Also didn't concede a break point opportunity being 7/7 after coming back from 4-1 down in the first. I had a good game at 3-0 in the 4th set where I aced him on all 4 points. First time I've done that in a long time. My movement was good, it was on a slippy hard court and I like sliding so getting to some tight balls was no trouble. My slice was also effective. My weakness though was probably my inside-out return which I normally love to hit.

toxina90
Feb 28th, 2013, 06:25 PM
I just got hammered 6-0 6-0 (my first match of the year) again by this guy who I played a few months ago to the same scoreline. I say hammered, but I could not return his massive serve much, or keep my own ball in. I've lost all confidence in my movement, backhand and forehand, and surprised my serve held up as much as it did. I can only remember 2 good shots I hit today when he pulled me wide and when I sliced back he hit a drop shot next to the net and I had to run and split to reach it for a cross court slice winner, and a backhand winner I hit at the net. I used to play quite regularly but this is only the 6th time in 6 months, the other times I've played the most games I've won have been 4 in a set but ususally I am just getting bagelled or breadsticks. I know I have to play more to regain my game and confidence but it's hard as there's not many I know who play, and the few I do play regularly (this guy plays like 3 times a week) and it's hard for me to want to play him again when I can't win a game anymore :help: I honestly feel like hanging up the racket

Kevin.
Mar 1st, 2013, 04:30 AM
I work at a tennis club and they needed mens players so I am making a little comeback after injuries and business of college. I have played 2 3.5 singles matches for my club in the past month. Lost 6-2,6-2 at no.1 while playing extremely hungover and lost 6-4,3-6,1-0(5-4) at no.2. I have a 3.5 and a 4.0 singles match back to back Sunday. Ill post my results then!

Pops Maellard
Mar 1st, 2013, 05:47 AM
Tomorrow will be the day I snap my losing streak :lol:. Nah. I don't know. But my last couple of practices have gone really well where serving's concerned. I had one last one tonight, and I was serving some pretty fast ones. I wish I had a speed gun.

I'm also trying this new thing where I don't swing so big on the return (at least not on first serve) and try to time it better instead. It's partly how the second set last Saturday wasn't so embarrassing as the first - I was getting more returns in, but my serve was awful last week. My serve's better now, so fingers crossed :lol:.

Silas
Mar 1st, 2013, 11:38 PM
First match of the year 4-6 4-6
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Yoncé
Mar 2nd, 2013, 02:07 AM
Won 7-6(13) such a tight match. The guy had a MP at 5*-4 and I hit an amazing shot to save it :lol: it was like a squash shot slice forehand that I hit on my FH from out side the tramlines and I pretty much ended up in the splits :hysteric:

Kəv.
Mar 2nd, 2013, 06:57 AM
Today i won 60 62 and doubles 64.
In doubles i was completely useless....
In singles i didnt have to do much. My winner/ue ratio was something like 6/12 and his was like 7/40 :spit:
During the whole match he didnt give a damn and was ball bashing on every point. There was a game where he got 4 GOAT serves in though but that was it

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Yoncé
Mar 2nd, 2013, 07:52 AM
Was down 4*-5 today when I rolled my ankle, tore 3 ligaments. Moon boot for 4-6 weeks. Fun!!

Pops Maellard
Mar 2nd, 2013, 08:16 AM
Today was just awful :o. I played a girl for the first time in my interclub matches, and TBH she wasn't any better or worse (including serve) than the other boys I've faced. I figure the score would've been more or less the same against another boy. I lost 5-7 4-6. 0-5 in singles and doubles now.

I just could not blast my first serve today like I did in practice yesterday though not for lack of trying. It's just that they always ended up in the net. If I had any sort of functioning brain I would've stopped trying as clearly it wasn't going to work today (except a few times). But that's me for you :o.

First set was pretty even. It wasn't until 5-6 in the first she decided to hit a few annoyingly good returns and break for the set (though one of them was lucky IIRC). She took me by surprise that game as for most of it, like most club players I've faced (and still lost to, granted) she was just kinda pushing it. I actually had break points at 4-4 in the second. On one of them, the bitch robbed me. A ball hit the sideline and she called it out. At the time I wasn't too pissed because it wasn't my only BP, but I let her off the hook and I lost my next game and the match.

Apart from my low serve %, I didn't stay disciplined enough on the return, and as usual I missed way too many. I always gift my opponents easy games with returns I hit out due to going for too much. Stupid as it may be to insult the game of the ones that beat you, crappy club-level serves are just too tempting to take a big violent swing at :o.

The good things were the odd occasion I did manage to blast the serve I got some service winners that were basically aces (and one proper ace). I've never really had that before, so my serve's on the right track even though it didn't work as well today. Also, the down the line forehand (on the ad side as I'm a lefty) is a shot I struggle with and rarely hit, but I hit 2 or 3 beauties on that side today which resulted in forced errors. I hit quite a few winners today overall (obviously a lot of errors too, but we're focusing on the good stuff this paragraph :p)

But then, I lost doubles 2-9. I was so angry after singles due to my characteristic brainlessness and being robbed on that crucial point that I absolutely tanked doubles. That's never happened before. Even though I've been disappointed after losing singles and took a while to get into it, I've always at least tried in doubles as well. I don't know if that means anything, but it was the first time I just didn't care and tanked a match. My partner was also quite useless but that didn't affect my tankage.

I think it's a sign that I need to sort my shit out soon and win a match before I start tanking singles too and ultimately giving up :o.

Hindsight is great, but I wish I could realize these things during a match and not after :tears: I swear to God I must be the worst player with weapons on the planet.

Kəv.
Mar 2nd, 2013, 08:40 AM
Was down 4*-5 today when I rolled my ankle, tore 3 ligaments. Moon boot for 4-6 weeks. Fun!!

:awww: :hug:

nazzac
Mar 2nd, 2013, 11:28 AM
Got a nice win today 6-3,6-2

It was closer than the scoreline suggests. I just played better on the big points

Domo19
Mar 2nd, 2013, 08:43 PM
Today 1st round of Qualies and win: 6/0 6/1 :D :D :D 9 aces and 5 DF's

netphobia
Mar 2nd, 2013, 09:40 PM
Played 1 practice set, won 64 :hearts: but my serve is such a joke and it's sad because for about two weeks there, in the middle of January, it was actually a great asset that I could rely on, and then it went missing and now it's all off and strangely timed and just :facepalm:

I love playing this girl, though, because she gives me a lot of low, flat forehands, and I love it.

Oh, I ran off the court to retrieve a backhand when I was in pusher mode at 3-4*, and I slid and fell into the net that divides the courts :sobbing:

SloaneStephens
Mar 2nd, 2013, 09:57 PM
Won a tournament today.

R1: 6-2 6-1
R2: 6-0 6-0
R3: 6-0 6-0
R4: 6-1 5-1 retired
QF: 7-5 6-4 (He had a 5-0 winning head to head against me)
SF: W/O
F: 1-6 6-1 6-1 (Both payed so well, had some tough points go my way).

darrinbaker00
Mar 3rd, 2013, 01:48 AM
Won a tournament today.

R1: 6-2 6-1
R2: 6-0 6-0
R3: 6-0 6-0
R4: 6-1 5-1 retired
QF: 7-5 6-4 (He had a 5-0 winning head to head against me)
SF: W/O
F: 1-6 6-1 6-1 (Both payed so well, had some tough points go my way).

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

SloaneStephens
Mar 3rd, 2013, 03:00 PM
After my tournament win yesterday I was LE (Late Entrant) into our Local Junior Tennis Tour Finals, an event that was supposed to be held last November to coincide with the WTF. I was given seed #10 and am now through to the Final Stages (SF and F) which will be over the next three weekends.

My passage through to the SF:

R1: Defeated the 12th seed - 6-4 6-1, Served 7 aces and 6 DF's.
R2: Defeated the 1st seed (my first win over him) - 6-3 7-6 (9) Served 8 aces and no double faults. He served 15 DF's over the duration of the match.

SF - #10 (me) vs. #16 - He had a fabulous 3 setter in the second round against the 3rd seed who I am friends with. I believe he won 6-4 2-6 6-3.

F - #2 vs. #9 - Seed 9 beat the 4th seed and 6th in two tough three setters. I actually have a tied H2H vs the 2nd seed and have a huge 8-0 H2H vs the 9th. My last meeting with No 2 was oddly yesterday where I demolished him 6-2 6-1 in the first round.

The Bulldog
Mar 3rd, 2013, 06:08 PM
Yesterday I won my league singles match 6-7 7-5 6-2. Easy, once I worked out how to return his serve. Lost the doubles 7-5 3-6 [6-10] which was disappointing to say the least.

Today I played my club's spring tournament first round and won 7-6 6-3. Not my best day, but enough to win.

moodin0931
Mar 3rd, 2013, 07:04 PM
My season starts soon, gotta get into shape! (not that I'm really out of shape though :lol:) :bounce: Anyone have any good routine ideas on how to gain lean muscles? Thanks :)

SloaneStephens
Mar 3rd, 2013, 07:19 PM
Furious with my local tennis management team. I have to play qualifying in an event in three weeks time when the new season starts. Reason being I didn't enter the event last year and only people who gained points last year get a direct entry. Have been confirmed as the 1st seed though, so I am expected to get through. I was allowed direct entry into the qualies though because I obtained the 6 or more QF onwards rule that our management team desires.

Kevin.
Mar 4th, 2013, 05:16 AM
lost 6-0,6-0 and 6-3,6-1 today :o

Silas
Mar 4th, 2013, 07:17 PM
getting ready for my match right now
i'll be back with good results
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Silas
Mar 4th, 2013, 11:16 PM
won 6-3 7-5
http://oi45.tinypic.com/10z00sh.jpg

Pops Maellard
Mar 7th, 2013, 05:13 AM
Had practice match with cousin. Previous two times he beat me first 6-2 6-2 and then 6-3 7-6 the next time.

Today I won 6-2 2-6 (7-5). It was a good match honestly. First set from me was like 'yep, this is how I can and should play all the time'. Return winners, only 1 DF in the set (and it was a very close call), and superb concentration on the deuce games (there were many, and I won basically all of them. I also snatched one of his service games after he was up 40-0). Some of our rallies were really long and good with big shots :hearts:.

Second set I wasn't that bad either, but I did drop my level a bit. Then the TB I was up 3-0, then lost the next 4 points I think and hit a bad DF. Then I ended up with the win in the end so yay :).

If I bring this form to the club matches on Saturday it could be a good day :lol:.

moodin0931
Mar 7th, 2013, 07:11 PM
:yeah: :bounce:

Silas
Mar 8th, 2013, 01:53 AM
For the first time ever, i hit 4 aces in a row and won the game
It was pretty awesome

Yoncé
Mar 8th, 2013, 02:01 AM
For the first time ever, i hit 4 aces in a row and won the game
It was pretty awesome

:worship: that's my goal in tennis tbh.

Petkorazzi
Mar 8th, 2013, 03:33 PM
Best I've hit is 2 in a row and one more years ago when I could serve :crying2:

Pops Maellard
Mar 9th, 2013, 08:42 AM
7-9 loss in doubles, but 7-6 (1) 6-1 win in singles :hearts:.

Doubles was whatever. My partner girl couldn't get a return over the net. After a while I didn't even care - I could only marvel how many easy returns one can hit in the net :p. Then again, my serve was crap today (doubles and singles) so I'm not totally blameless either.

One of the opponents really annoyed me, starting in doubles. She took fucking forever to go fetch a ball. I feel like I could've walked to the clubhouse for a cup of coffee, come back and she still would've been dawdling over to the ball. It was especially annoying when I was serving of course.

In interclub you play one of the doubles opponents each in singles, and I got the slowpoke of course. Then in singles things got even worse. She made so many dodgy calls, but I don't even know if she was doing it on purpose. She just had no clue how the game goes. She got to 6-5 and thought the set was over :spit:, we had a small argument about it and she had to go ask someone :rolleyes:, and most weirdly she stood at the service line to receive first and second serves, and didn't move back at all even when she discovered I have a bit of pace on my serve and was getting aced time and again...

On set point first set I hit another ace (not a great accomplishment today) and she said it was out. I was like "no, that was not out I'm sorry", rather frustrated. It was just an unpleasant day all-around.

The first set was so close (I was down 2-5 I think) because I had trouble adjusting to the weirdness of her game. The only thing I can take from this win (although it is nice to win finally) is that I used my brain today and made necessary adjustments.

My favourite moment was on a BP at some stage (can't remember when) I smacked a FH return winner out of frustration and it felt great :lol:.

Tripp
Mar 10th, 2013, 12:54 PM
I'm playing my first tournament in like 10 years and I'm in the semifinals. Rain forced us to suspend the SF match last night when I was leading 4-3 in the third set. The guy hits the crap out of the ball, but is really slow so I was trying to move him around the court. Hope I win today :scared:

moodin0931
Mar 10th, 2013, 05:11 PM
Come on you can do it! :armed:

Tripp
Mar 10th, 2013, 09:24 PM
I got to the final and lost 6-2 6-3. The guy played this wicked slices and it was extremely difficult to keep the ball in play for too long. Next tournament in April, guess I'm gonna have to win it.

The Bulldog
Mar 10th, 2013, 10:52 PM
1-6 1-6 loss in singles.
5-7 6-3 [3-10] loss in doubles.

So angry and frustrated with my level of play this weekend. Nothing was working.

Pops Maellard
Mar 11th, 2013, 01:04 AM
1-6 1-6 loss in singles.
5-7 6-3 [3-10] loss in doubles.

So angry and frustrated with my level of play this weekend. Nothing was working.
:hug: Apart from that how's the results?

I admit against many players I probably would've lost again Saturday. I served great in my Thursday practice match and didn't practice my serve Friday and it was consequently shit :o.

Womp Up The Jamz
Mar 11th, 2013, 06:23 AM
One of the opponents really annoyed me, starting in doubles. She took fucking forever to go fetch a ball. I feel like I could've walked to the clubhouse for a cup of coffee, come back and she still would've been dawdling over to the ball. It was especially annoying when I was serving of course.

In interclub you play one of the doubles opponents each in singles, and I got the slowpoke of course.

You'd hate to play me, I'm very deliberate and very slow between points. I've seen it really frustrate opponents haha




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Yoncé
Mar 11th, 2013, 06:34 AM
You'd hate to play me, I'm very deliberate and very slow between points. I've seen it really frustrate opponents haha




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I'm the same :lol: I take my time and never rush, the I have my routines :rolls:

Womp Up The Jamz
Mar 11th, 2013, 06:37 AM
Yes! I think my routines drive my doubles partner crazy! Before each serve I bounce the ball between my racket and hand 3 times (Cibulkova used to do this rapidly). Pause, deep breath, fix headband (a la Sharapova). Bounce the ball 3 times, and then serve. Haha for second serves I start with the headband thing, unless I move out of my service zone (to move a stray or somethibg), in which case I do the entire thing, haha


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Pops Maellard
Mar 11th, 2013, 10:39 AM
You'd hate to play me, I'm very deliberate and very slow between points. I've seen it really frustrate opponents haha




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I'm still getting used to different stuff people do. Pretty much all my opponents have taken almost no time between points and I've kinda fallen into that rhythm...though I still have my 5 bounces before first serve and 3 before second serve. Most of my opponents haven't even bounced before serving...

This girl was totally clueless in other ways too though. Like I said, she thought she'd won the set at 6-5, she stood on the service line to receive first and second serves (her prerogative, but against someone who can serve even semi-good, that's suicide), and she kept calling good balls out (maybe she didn't realize that a ball could hit the line. IDK :lol:).

It wasn't just the slowness, it was a combination of things why I was so frustrated with her ;).

Pops Maellard
Mar 11th, 2013, 10:49 AM
Practiced my serve again today and in the practice situation my second serve was consistent (2 DFs total I think, and I would've had probably 8-10 on Saturday :facepalm:). I think I rediscovered a good rhythm with my balltoss today though. It's funny how you can sometimes go into autopilot for a while and forget some basics along the way :o.

I also thought about my match on Saturday and how I stood a bit closer to receive serves (after a while) and thought "why didn't I do that in earlier matches? :o". I've always stood back on the baseline to receive even when my opponent's serve hasn't been good and haven't really changed my position to receive a second serve. Stupid me :o. I could've taken advantage of weak serves a lot better.