2nd Tournament Results and Reflections

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  1. Ajtat411

    Ajtat411 Semi-Pro

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    Results: I WON!:shock:

    Just played my second tournament and boy am I beat! Had to play 4 matches in two days since I kept on winning.:)

    Played 3.5 singles when it was about 75-80 degrees and with no shade so I got a little burnt. I could barely walk on Monday.lol

    Overall the tournament experience is completely different from my USTA league matches. I feel like it's more of an endurance event than anything. At one point in the final match I swear me and my opponnet were just patty caking the ball back and forth because we were so tired. We ended up playing 3 sets.

    I'm a serve and volleyer and fairly aggressive player when given the oppurtunity. I felt like I really had to adjust my game in my matches to be successful.

    I played one opponnet where my aggressive strokes were not getting it done and the match was close in the first set, so I decided to float/slice balls to him and he absolutely hated it and it cause all types of unforced errors. I ended up winning the match, but afterwards we were talking and he said "that was not tennis" since he said that he doesn't play well against players that don't hit with pace. He sounded mad and was really a sore loser about it but wished me luck and that I would win the tournament in a sarcastic way.

    Anyway, I thought about what he said and my justification was that I played various styles with him and was just trying to mix up my balls to determine which would cause unforced errors. Well, I found out that he hated floaters and it totally threw his game off and I beat him easily.

    Should I have stuck to my game and continued with more aggressive topspin shots that would have created more unforced errors on my part and would be more high risk tennis? I think in the long run I should have stuck to my topspin aggressive shot but I don't think a tournament is the place to do this when you're missing. I think eventually I will need a consistent/dependable topspin shot in order to progressive up in NTRP levels though. What killed my opponnets was a forehand slice shot that sinks low and skids. I would follow this shot in and volley/overhead for winners.

    In my final match it was completely different since my opponnet didn't handle my topspin shots that well so I was cruising and up a set and 4-1 in the second set. I relaxed though and let him back into the set by playing tentatively and lost the tie-breaker 6-7 (10-12). So it went to a 3rd set and I went back to my aggressive style and won 6-4 in the final set.

    So all in all it was a fun experience but at times it can be a mental workout when your trying to play competitive tennis.

    Anyways, I won and got a gift card to starbucks. The kicker is that I don't even drink coffee.lol
     
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  2. bigfoot910

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    Congrats on the win, a lot of times in 3.5 people stick to a single game plan, good job on picking up on your weakness and fixing it! Keep it up!

    Don't let a sore loser rain on your parade, as the saying goes: I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty any day! Spend the time on the practice court and hone your strokes a little more and maybe then you could keep up your game plan, but no matter what there will be days and opponents where you have to compromise.

    Don't let pride get in the way of winning a match!
     
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  3. Ajtat411

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    Yeah, the first tournament I played I did the opposite. In the 2nd round I played my regular game and lost the first set 4-6, and then adjusted my game to win 6-4, but lost the last set because I decided that I would go with my standard (more aggressive) style and ended losing it 2-6 on a lot of unforced errors and poor shot selections.

    I noticed something different about this tournament from my last. In my first tournament I looked at my draw, research and scouted my opponnets and in this tournament I just went out on the court and played and gave every opponnet the same respect and went from there. I think this really relaxed my game.
     
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  4. Geezer Guy

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    So, wait a minute. You try to figure out what an opponent doesn't like, and then purposefully hit that kind of a shot to him? What kind of a sportsman does that?

    Does a football team determine their opponents have a weak run defense, and then run the ball all day? Does a pitcher throw only curveballs to a hitter that can't hit curveballs? Would a basketball team EVER double up on their opponents stongest player?
     
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  5. Geezer Guy

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    Yeah, I won an online contest and won something that's supposed to let me download songs. I don't know what to do with that!

    Wanna trade?
     
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  6. Ajtat411

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    I know I'm a real scumbag. lol

    I would trade with you but my girlfriend already took the starbucks gift card already. :)
     
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  7. jonnyjack

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    How much was the giftcard? Hidden Hills doesn't give out trophies like other tourney's but two years ago, I got a Dunlop backpack for getting to the finals. The winner got the same thing, actually worked out since I needed a bag, haha.

    Congrats on the win!
     
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  8. bodieq

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    Yea, Hidden Hills always gives out practical/useful prizes (rather than dust-collecting trophies). ....And their Saturday barbecue is great except a lot of players who have matches and/or getting ready to play another round will probably have to skip out on the heavy burgers, etc.
     
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  9. Ajtat411

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    The giftcard was $40 and both finalist and winner got the same.

    Lol, it's my first tournament win so I was hoping for a trophy.:oops:

    I skipped the saturday bbq for the exact reason you mentioned. I had to play another round and the hamburger/hotdog would have weighed me down too much.

    Bodieq, did you play this tournament too?
     
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  10. jonnyjack

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    Wow, that's pretty good. Almost getting your entry fee back. I checked tenniswarehouse for the value of the backpack I won and it was only $25 back then.
     
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  11. Ajtat411

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    Someone made some money.lol No, that's better than a trophy, if you have one already.:mad:

    I was really looking forward to getting a trophy. I never got a trophy as a kid.:(
     
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  12. jc4.0

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    I suggest playing the way that you enjoy most - win or lose. I have lost to moonballers and pushers but as long as I played my best, I learned something from the loss. I always try to figure out my opponent, strive to develop an all-court game so that I have options to win, and constantly work on consistency; but I won't play soft-ball tennis, it's just not my game. Where's the fun in that?

    And when someone makes a sarcastic comment after you whip them, just toast them with a gatorade and say, "yeah, well maybe next time you'll bring your A-game and we'll have a real match!"
     
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  13. Ajtat411

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    I wouldn't say that I played soft ball tennis because I served normal, overhead normal and volleyed normal. I just threw in some slices and floaters on balls that I could have ripped and did rip in the 1st set but it didn't have the same effect.

    I saved a lot of energy though by doing that and I won the 2nd set easily. Good for the tournament but probably not the best as far as improving my topspin shot.

    I don't know if I can say that I had fun playing 4 matches in two days in 75-80 degree weather with no shade. It was fun for the first twenty minutes. I wanted to play the tournament to get better challenges and face different players and push my mental game. When I look back on it, it was fun and educational experience but it also took alot of physical and mental work.

    When I play social matches, that's when I have the most fun because I don't really need to worry about the score. In a tournament, I want to do my best so theres that added pressure that makes it less fun but still exciting.
     
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  14. MNPlayer

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    Congratulations!

    Now that you've won a 3.5 tournament, its time to play 4.0 :)
    I'm just kidding, but that's what I did. Won a 3.5 tournament last year and haven't played 3.5 since. I do fine at 4.0 but haven't won a tournament at that level yet.

    It is really interesting the variety of people you get to play in a tournament, sometimes in back-to-back matches. I bet that is especially true at our level (3.5-4.0) where people can get by with all different kinds of games. I've played moonballers, power players, slice-and-dicers, drop-shot & lobbers, etc...
     
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  15. Ajtat411

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    Yeah, I usually play with 4.0s when I can. I think it would help my game if I played in 4.0 tournaments but I'm not really dominating 3.5 tournaments. There are a few good players in the 3.5 division that I want to play against to see how I do although they could probably play 4.0.

    I'm not sure how many more tournaments I want to play since they take up whole weekends and you can't really plan much around it.

    I watched the 4.5 players and they seem to have similar games in that they usually hit with heavy/deep topspin with the occassional slice but rarely did I see any deviation from that sort of style. They usually just out hit their opponnet with either more power or force hitting errors.
     
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  16. MNPlayer

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    I agree it seems to converge a lot at that level. I have seem one guy (a college player) that has a really unusual game based on slice, drop shots & flat lobs (really amazing touch). He plays high 4.5 to 5.0 level singles and as you can imagine, his doubles is even more formidable.
     
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