4.5jumping to open in pursuit of 1glorious atp point

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  1. GRANITECHIEF

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    I played him recently and felt he was closer to 5.0 than 4.5. Either that or my level is going down but i dont think so.
     
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    Shows you how much work and dedication is required to go from 4.5 to 5.0. Seems like a small number, but it's a huge jump in reality.
     
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    That's very good progress for a non-professional in one year. Keep it up!
     
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    This kid used to come out to my Tues. night round robin singles here in the IE. He's a local product and I believe should be playing for UC Riverside next year (not completely positive tho since I haven't talked to him in a while). If you could get it to his bh you can really rip it to the open court as he tends to camp out on that side and come in behind it. Tends to offer a slow but deep slice on the run on his bh side which can possibly come in on. Like you said he's fast and and gets a ton of balls back with relative ease. From your video I think you can take him but the UE's have to be at a minimum to have any chance. I've been keeping up with this thread and I think you're putting in some good work :) Keep it up!

    -Jon
     
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    i think i would be a solid 5.0. it is hard to tell though because there arent really any 5.0 leagues or tournaments around here. im stuck in this weird spot where 4.5 tournaments arent much fun until the finals or semi finals, but i still cant get past 1 or 2 rounds in the open. around here pretty much every 5.0 really just plays 4.5 or open, because there is like 10 ppl on the 5.0 ranking list and like 2 or 3 teams in the league.
     
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    thanks for the kind words. ive realized that once you get to 4.5 getting better takes much more work. at this level, pretty much everyone has decent strokes. now it all comes down to fitness, footwork, match strategy, being consistent while being agressive, mental strength, and a lot of other things that cant be improved quickly or without focused attention. also, as you increase your skill the pool of hitting partners gets smaller and smaller. with my schedule its hard to get consistent practice matches and drilling sessions. so far i am happy with my progress, but honestly would like to be a little further a long. i am really optamistic about my upcoming tournaments though. with my weigth loss going better than i planned i have lost 14 lb's and am down to 190, which i feel did help in my last match. my bh is coming along nicely. i just need to work on being consistent while still being agressive which is tough for me.
     
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    Hey, yonex. No more updates?
     
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    and the jump to get ATP points ~6.0 is even bigger.

    That is why when people who just start tennis as adults come post about getting ATP points it is laughable because they are completely naive about how far away they from getting to that level (this is not directed at the OP). There are tons of people who play all through juniors, play in college and still never reach that level.
     
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    It is a nice dream but I think it is about as close to impossible as you can get. Unless you are already a superhuman athlete, willing to train 3+ hours per day and gifted with a great coach and excellent hitting partners.
     
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    i think that is what he needs to work on next, getting even better hitting partners but most importantly getting in great shape.


    people become great athletes all the time. its just hard work, most people can do it.
     
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    I for one would love to see it happen, I just don't know how realistic it is. Your body has to to remain in playing shape for long enough for you to train up to that level and then continue to remain there to compete. It is a tough row to how for a body with some miles on it.
     
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    I would say if you can rise from 4.5 to compete and win at Open events, that should be the new challenge for you.
    Open events typically have as high a level as most will ever see.

    I was happy to get to 4.5, and now I'd like to win at 4.5 (I'm about .500 in my 4.5 matches). I just don't see how I can train enough to seriously compete higher than that level (I've taken sets off a 5.0, but I also see 19 year olds at that level that would blow me away).
    It would take constant training and high level coaching to get to Open level, so see if you can get there and try to finish in the money.
     
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    i havent really had much to update lately on this thread since i havent had much success at open. my most recent open tournament i lost in the first round, but i did go three sets. i am playing the best tennis i have ever played, but there is much much more improvement to come. when i started this thread i was a middle of the road 4.5 and now i am getting bored with 4.5 tournaments. even though i am losing opens in the first and second round, i am competing and enjoy them much more.

    when i started this thread a lot of ppl told me i needed to lose weight. i was finally able to start eating healthy and am down to 175, which is my ideal weight for my build. i can feel the difference playing so much with the weight loss. i can run down balls i couldnt before and my stamina is better. i still need to improve my leg endurance because when i get to a third set i still feel the jello legs. playing against all these college kids really makes you respect conditioning. now that i am in much better shape i am way more optimistic about this summer tournament season.

    even though i feel i am playing really well lately there are some glaring aspects of my game that i know need improvement. the number one thing that costs me wins is my confidence in my game. during important points i start playing tight and lose my attacking style. i will start playing push ball and against these caliber players that will always lose you a point. another thing that hurts me is i never stick to a strategy. once i start getting flustered all my strategy goes out the window and i have no game plan. i need to work keeping a game plan and executing it. consistency is still a big problem as is my second serve, but i believe both of these are mental problems that can be solved.

    on some positive notes i am 2 and 0 in my 4.5 league play this year which has players anywhere from 4.5-5.5 because the 5.0 league is so small. i almost beat the number one guy in my 6.0 ult tennis league, but as usual let my mental game defeat me. one accomplishment that i actually acheived today that i have wanted to accomplish for some time was i am now in the top ten of all the 4.5s in southern california. my record in open is quite a bit sadder. i am 2-12 and ranked something around 240.

    for the month of may i will be playing in the anaheim tennis club tournament may 12th, the pete brown tennis tournament at the home depot center, and the westcoast championships at usc. hopefully i will have some success and some good news to report on.

    lastly, i understand that i will most likely never get an atp point. as jdubbs said, i would be very happy to just win a few rounds and finish in the money once or twice. my ultimate goal for this year would be to win the open division at my local club in huntington beach.
     
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    well, another first round loss. it was a tough match and a match that i could have won. i played against an 18 yr kid who was very good. i lost the first set 4-6. we started out the first five games breaking each other. he finally held and went up 4-2. then we held serves all the way through to 4-6. the second set we were still on serves again, but i got the first break and was able to take it 6-4. the third set i came out playing awesome in the first game and made it 1-0. then on his serve i was at 30-love and crumbled the next 4 pnts. then my serve i went up 40-15, but crumbled and we went to duece add for a few, but crucial errors gave him that game. after that my wind had been taken out of my sails and i dropped the next few to make it 1-5. i tried to battle back, but was out of gas and lost the third 2-6.

    i was really happy with my physical play. bh were real consistent and effective cc. fh were solid and my main shot for winners. i would have liked to come to the net more, but didnt really attempt it. not too many UE's, but a few in crucial spots that i wish i could have replayed. my first serves were consistent, but not as powerful as i would like. second serve were horrible, way too many double faults again. this is a reaccuring problem that i will be focusing on in the future. with my strokes grooving as well as they were the thing that beat me was my mental strength. so many games i would go up 30-love and then lose it. i would be up and think i got this and start thinking of the next game. only to lose the next 2 points and get upset and lose the game because i would play tight the next 2 points. i need to make sure to play each point at a time and not look ahead so much. if i could have pulled off just two of the games where i was up, but then blew it, i would have pulled off this match.

    all in all i am happy with how i played. i can definitely tell the 30lbs in weight loss really helped. i was moving on the baseline really well and my footwork was a lot better. it sux that i lost in the first round again, but now i can look forward to next week's tournament for some wins.
     
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    Very impressive!
     
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    it sounds better than it actually is. it only includes the tournament players and not the league players, but it is still out of around 200 players. when i first started i was around 100, so i am seeing some improvement. now i need to work on getting my open ranking higher. i think right now i am around 250 which isnt too great. hopefully i can start pulling out some wins and will see some improvement in that division.
     
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    Really impressive...you've lost a ton of weight and are competing at a level most of us wont get to. That is definitely something to be proud of. Wonder if you can get a part time coach to work on the mental game and strategy with?
    I always tell myself after I'm up big in a game or set that i havent done s...yet and to finish the game or set strong. No double faults! Make em earn it.

    The player i like the most is Ferrer because he is so tenacious and never gives up and is probably the most mentally strong of any player...he doesnt have the physical gifts of a typical tennis player and yet he is so strong he wins on pure hustle and determination.
     
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    thanks for the kind words jdubbs. i hit occasionally with some guys that are teaching pros. i usually dont ask them for advice because i dont want to seem like im trying to get free info, but i am going to start asking them about strategy and mental strength stuff. they are good players and have more knowledge than me and im sure they wont be put off with me asking. i know i am right on the verge of being able to compete in these tournaments. my game is almost there, but is lacking if a few aspects that i need to work on. i like the idea of telling myself that even if im up 40- love i still need another point and havent won anything yet. i am going to start watching more ferrer matches because i like his determination and i feel a little more of that from me would go a long way.

    on a side note i am hoping to get some vid of my next open tournament to post on here and show some of my improvement.
     
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    Ok I read this quote and your previous posts about crumbling when up 30-love or 40-love and here's some advice from someone who's been there before. You're are breaking down mentally at this stage because you are to worried about the final outcome of the game or the set. Focus on winning the present point whether it's love-love, love-40, or 40-love. Don't let the game score dominate your thoughts.

    You've worked hard and deserve to play in open level events. Believe in yourself that you now belong at this level. Practice hard, play your game, and focus on each point one at a time and execute the best you can. Take care of what you have control over and let the results fall where they may.
     
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    i played a tournament this weekend out at the usta training center in carson.

    the facility is actually very nice, except i dont think they clean the courts because there was a lot of bird poo all over the courts.
    i was able to take down my first round match against a guy that was not a very challenging opponent. the score was 6-3 6-1 and the only reason he was able to get that many games because of his horrible line calls. everything on the line was out and he made the worst line call i have ever seen. we were playing no add games and it was duece when i hit a down the line winner that landed literally a foot inside the line and he called it out to steal the game. this was combined with him taking 5 minute changeovers and eventually saying he had a bug in his eye and telling the usta ref he needed an injury timeout.

    after that match i was facing the 5 seed. i knew he was going to be good, but i was not expecting to lose as bad as i did. the score was 0-6 0-6 and he was definitely one of the better players i have ever played. he eventually won the tournament. i feet like he would beat me every time if we played 5 matches, but i feel that i should have been able to get more games. this match was no add again and he made very little errors so it was hard to pull out some games. we had a few dueces and i had my chances, but just couldnt string together enough points to make any type of challenge. his game had an extra gear that he could go to when i would put pressure on him. my shots were good, but i was unable to dictate the points against his pace and angles. my second serve was a huge problem again. too many double faults and this caused my first serve to not be as effective as it could be. my bh was strong and consistent, but still too many errors.

    i was able to get some video of the match and edited out all the walking around. after watching the video, i can tell i was in a lot of the points, but it was really hard to hit winners. this combined with my errors and not getting any free points from his errors led to my first double bagel in a while. if you watch the vid and have any tips i am all ears. the vid is uploading right now and ill add a link it a bit.
     
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    Thanks for the update. It is always good that you have a goal and enjoying tennis. Would love to see your videos.
     
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    Nice vids, thanks for posting.
     
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    Hi Yonex,

    I enjoy watching your videos. Your latest videos show improvement in your consistency. Although, as you mentioned, you still gave a lot of free points to your opponent, your rallies in the current videos seemed longer than in the past videos. You were in the mix for a lot of the points.

    Your opponent was very consistent with good pace on his shots with good depth (at least what I could tell from the angle of view). I definitely noticed the "extra gear" on his forehand. Honestly, your opponent had very few weaknesses and he seemed to be of a high caliber tennis player.

    Even though your opponent had good strokes off both wings, he preferred his forehand. I noticed several times that he ran around his backhand. He definitely had more power from his forehand and possibly more control with his forehand as well. I'm not sure how successful it would have been, but I would probably have tried attacking his backhand a little more. Several shots to his backhand in a row to try and force a short shot from him. I just didn't see his backhand being attacked.

    Of course, this analysis came after reviewing your video a few times. I know that during the match, it's not always easy to identify a strategy against an opponent you never played against. And it's always easier said than done.

    Glad to see you making progress and improving your game, which at the end of the day is what really counts in my opinion.

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    good video op. Which one are you? The Asian or white guy?

    my goals are more modest. I want to crack 100mph on my first serve.
     
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    he is the whitey
     
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    younex


    positives

    i thought you did a great job on his lazy floaters of taking them out of the air with some great swinging volleys.



    things i think you can improve.


    first serve

    go for more mph's and hit your spots better. its an easy thing to practice.


    grinding out points. he won too many points by just making 5-6 balls. you have to dig in a bit more, i think jogging and getting in better shape might help you here.
     
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    coming from a 19 year old who was 800atp last year..

    if i got you in the first round my mouth would be watering, your wayyyyyy to defensive, i didn't see you boss many (if any points) you can't get atp points playing like that (well maybe in africa) ;)

    first thing, stop swaying so much on the return of serve

    second, you really have to hit bigger and move faster, alot of the time your put under pressure by a normal rally ball

    third, you really have to boss that ball, tell it where to go, looks like your just 'hitting' it if you get me, you have to be able to make that ball dive down with spin

    ill be brutally honest, in europe, you have no chance, guys ranked top 150 play futures here sometimes, and LOSE to unranked qualifiers.

    id suggest play all the futures in usa this summer, and between them play open tournaments, matches matches matches ! (matches are the best practice) and then see if your close to qualifying,

    last resort, go to africa

    good luck ;)
     
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    I like the way you say BOSS the ball. My 11 year old son says that. That is an awesome saying. I love it.
     
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    Finally real advice. I concur. I got a game off a former d1 college player and once off a former pro by absolutely crushing the ball to the corners.
    Once i got conservative and my fitness started to go, I got crushed. Boss the ball, indeed.
     
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    Real advice true- but I am not sure how applicable to the OP. For almost any recreational player you could say hit the ball bigger, move faster. It is like saying your 100 mph is not cutting it, you need to serve 120. If it were so easy to do, people would be moving into the 5.5-6.0 levels regularly.

    Also if you are losing in the early rounds of Open tournaments, the idea of playing futures all summer is laughable. mcnota obivously hasn't been reading much of the thread. The OP is late 20s and has a full time job. I would say he is doing the best he can given his circumstances. He is not a teenager training full time at tennis.
     
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    Yeah, I don't think he's looking to play futures anymore, just be competitive at Open level.

    I think Mcnota is saying a couple of things here:
    1. "You have to be able to make that ball dive down with spin"
    Technique still needs work. We've talked about that before. A lot of pros hit a big serve and follow up with a huge FH. That's basically Sam Querrey's entire game. Learn how to do that effectively.

    2. "Stop swaying so much on return of serve" i.e. return of serve is huge, work on it. Need more detail, though lol

    3. "Boss the ball" normal rally shots giving him problems means poor footwork, lack of technique.

    I appreciate a real pro (or at least he seemed like he was) coming and posting. None of us are even at OP's level, so we're just armchair QB's at best.
     
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    i havent had much to update lately, but i just won the first round in a tournament with a tough opponent tomorrow and its also been a year since i started this thread, so i figured id give a brief update of my tennis.

    i won my first match today in the jackie tatum classic 0 and 0. the guy wasnt bad at all, i was just playing pretty good. i was hitting the lines very well and my serve has improved quite a bit. that being said i dont think he was the best opponent, but feel he could hold his own if his consistency wasnt holding him back.

    tomorrow i have a tough matchup against some kid named Bayo Phillips. i guess he has done really well in some ITF junior tournaments or something. i got a chance to watch a few points from his match and he is real tall with a lot of spin on his shots. i know i am def the underdog, but after watching a few points i think i might be able to pull out a win if im playing in the zone the whole match and he is having an off day.

    lately my game has been feeling really good. for the past month i feel i have really been seeing some improvement after sort of languishing for a while. my consistency has picked up and my serve feels better than ever. i feel there are a few different reasons my game has been clicking lately. first i have actually been getting good court time during the week and utilizing that time to improve my shots. also, i purchased a book about the mental game of tennis. its called "the inner game of tennis" or something like that. it is all about being mentally strong while playing tennis and not beating yourself, which was something i was having a lot of trouble with. another thing i have been working on is my serve. i have been much looser with my arm and letting my racquet do the swinging, if that makes sense. ive loosened my grip and have started relaxing more which is really helping. i realized i served so much better during warmups because i was relaxed and loose. now i try and serve like this during matches and it has increased my serve %, letting me go for bigger 1st and kickier seconds. lastly i switched back to full poly which is making me more consistent and giving me that diving spin i need.

    the tournament i am playing right now is actually the first tournament i played when i started this thread, so it has been 1 year. i guess my improvement isnt as far along as i would have liked, but i am still happy with my play. my game is the best it has ever been, and i do feel like i have a chance of winning tomorrow. i am going to try and get another video of the match if i get a good court and will post. over the next few months i will be playing a tournament pretty much every weekend. a few i know i am playing are the lakewood open, the farmers classic pre-qualifying, santa ana open, michael chang classic, irvine futures, huntington beach open, costa mesa futures, and i think one in redondo beach. if your around during any of those i always enjoy meeting people who have been reading my thread. anyways, ill update tomorow with results.
     
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    oh ya i forgot. jdubbs, ima be in your area aug 4-7th if you wanna get a hit in.
     
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    Lets do it we can play indoors or out. Whats best way to contact you.
     
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    watch the seams, Jamison, watch the seams..

    and goodluck!!!
     
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    best way to get me is at
    j a m i s o n h a r t @ y a h o o . c o m.

    i would think the indoor courts would be pretty expensive so im fine with the outdoors. ima be staying at a friends house in the mission district so im not sure about where the courts are. ill only have access to the bart and buses, but last time i was in SF the buses pretty much took me anywhere i needed to go. shoot me an email with the locations that we could hit at.
     
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    i lost in the quarters yesterday. lost a tough match against a good opponent, 3-6 6-7. i should have pushed it to a third set, but was unable to pull it out. after losing the first set i was down 2-5 in the second. i was able to push and made it 6-5 on my serve, but then left him break me and force a TB. then i was crushed in the TB.

    some good notes from the tournament were that the guy i lost to beat a very good player that was the 2 seed 6-1 6-2. knowing that i was almost able to push him to the limit let me know that i am getting better and can compete at this level. my next tournament is in lakewood this weekend and i am hoping for some good results.
     
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    You went from non competitive at the open level, to highly competitive in one year... Way to show the naysayers. Inspirational.
     
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    very good improvement man.
     
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    Great story - I hope things keep getting better for you as well. It's very inspiring to see someone who's 'older' trying to accomplish their dreams. I hope you manage to get an ATP point in the end, it won't be easy but it would be a great reward for all of your hard work.

    I'll also be setting out on the journey to get an/some ATP point(s) soon but my situation is quite different to yours, I'm 18 and I've got the whole summer before university with complete freedom to practice and train and play as many tournaments as I like. I played a lot when I was younger (since I was 7) and I've only taken a few small breaks in between.

    The story of your progress, ATP point or no ATP point, should act as inspiration and motivation for anyone on these forums hoping to develop their game to the next level.
     
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    thanks for the kind words. i wish i had the freedom like you to train and practice. its tough for me to get enough practice in when i have to work 8 hrs a day. i wish you the best of luck this summer. i wish i would have been more didicated when i was youner. if i could give you any advice, just make sure to focus on school and play tennis for fun. the chances of making money playing tennis are quite slim. i am definitely happy that i was able to create a good career for myself and now i can still play tournaments at a somewhat of a high level. i have seen quite a few guys that are really awsome players, but they didnt have backup plans if they didnt make it in tennis. let us know how you do this summer in some of your tournaments.
     
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    i just finished anothe tournament in lakewood yesterday. i won my first match 6-0 6-1. my opponent was a young kid who i think was only playing because his parents made him. i felt bad beating him, but he will be a good player if he continues to play.

    my next match was against the #1 seed. he is the #11 ranked mens open player in all of so cal. you can look up who im talking about if you know how to find that list. he is also ranked like 900ish on the atp site. he took me down pretty easily 2 and 2. however, i learned a few things from this match. i had always wondered what it would be like to play someone that good. i realized that i am not too far off from this level of play. i was hanging with the guy in rallies, but his shots just had so much pace and spin it was hard to dictate the points. i was not given much if any free points from errors, but i was giving them to him. to play at this level i need to work on a few things that will pay large dividends. mainly these things are consistency and angles.

    overall i am still very happy with my game. i have been playing very good lately and am enjoying tennis more than ever. i am excited for the prospect of future tournaments. i no longer feel out of place at these open tournaments, and do feel that i could beat some top notch players if i can really get my game flowing and work out some of the rough edges. scheduling practices and finding time are difficult, but for me it is worth the effort. i can think back in the last year when i wanted to give up and thought it would be impossible to ever compete with some of these college players. now i feel i can hang with most of these guys, but just need to work on some things to win matches.
     
  44. maggmaster

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    You won 4 games off of the 900th ranked player in the world? That is awesome.
     
  45. asked_answered

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    I totally agree. Way to go, Jamison!
     
  46. mrsandoo

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    Hi Yonex. I hate to hijack the thread, but I just moved to the socal area and am looking for people to hit with (I am in Long Beach, usually hit at BJK). I am an average 4.5. Would you be interested?
     
  47. Danstevens

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    Thanks for the kind words. My intention has always been to get a 'proper job' and to just treat tennis as a hobby; my studies have been important to me for as long as I can remember as well. I'll be off to university in late September/early October to study engineering.

    Anyway, this thread is about you, not me. Congratulations on your results in your most recent tournament. It seems like you didn't feel a million miles away from the top seed so you're probably well on your way to being competitive at that sort of level. Best of luck for the future, I'm sure everyone who has read this thread wants nothing but success for you - it's a great story.
     
  48. mib

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    Very impressive! You may be on your way to that 1 ATP point after all :)
     
  49. arche3

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    Seriously dude. How many hours do you practice a week. ?
     
  50. yonexpurestorm

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    sure, im always looking for new hitting partners. ive never played at the BJK center, but it looks like it is right on the way home from my work. i also have a private court in hunt beach if you are close to that area. my email is in an above post if you want to shoot me an email and try and set up a hit.

    i usually will get about 8-10 hours during the week and the weekend i have tournaments and league matches. some weekends i lose first round and get 1 match and others i have tournaments, league and ult tennis and have played 5 matches in a weekend. on average i would say i get around 12 to 15 hours of court time a week. lately i feel i have been practicing smarter and really improving things that will help me pull out some wins.
     

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