...tonight. I had a great lesson on Saturday. The guy showed me how to semi-westernize the sitch' for heavy topspin and how to use a more continental-ish grip for serving. Him feeding me balls, man I was dialed on on the forehand...felt great. Problem is, I played against my daughter's boyfriend yesterday...a non-tennis player, but very athletic...and I couldn't execute anything I'd learned, especially the serve. I resorted to punching the ball in to avoid doubles, and I couldn't get the forehand stroke down at all because he gave me no pace whatsoever...major pusher game. He just blocked everything back with two hands, but I mean everything. And at his age, (eighteen) and build, (6'-3" and very thin), he got to everything. With his long stride and youth, he just got everything back, and then I started to press, getting impatient, and then I got tired at 5-5 and I lost. So after feeling so great about my tennis lesson on Saturday, I am very discouraged going into my first league match. Why am I scared to let 'er rip? So here is the question...the guy I'm playing tonight, I'm not going to beat. Sure, I'll give it my best, but he's a perennial champ in this division...I know I'm not ready to beat him. Not yet. My fitness isn't there yet, among other things. So I'm thinking I should just throw all caution away, not worry, and let 'er rip, results be damned. I have this sense that I will never improve if I don't get over the fear of going through a learning curve in match play. Thoughts? TIA.