Anyone here rest the day before a tourney or league match

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  1. ttwarrior1

    ttwarrior1 Professional

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    I hate it when someone calls the day before a tourney and wants to hit and I have to pass because of a tourney the next day.

    Sometimes ive hit the day before and i would play my best tennis somehow and then on tourney day, can't hit anything right.

    I know at the amateur level rest is not needed as much as a pro that plays 5 sets at a high level but i think most of us should rest before a tourney, but not maybe a league match.

    Think I'll go walk for 30 min and get some blood flowing
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Heck, I rest a day before Doubles play!
    OTOH, an easy set, or a 45 minute relaxed hit, is not a bad thing for most players.
     
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  3. g4driver

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    I play multiple matches per day in the spring and fall- including hitting singles before a USTA league match that night-

    When the humidity takes over, I caught back -

    Hit Monday-Thursday this week-
    93 degrees as walked off the court and lots of humidity today from 11 am to 1 pm
     
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  4. cll30

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    As I've gotten older, I've found that a day's rest before a tournament is very helpful. After I play I tend to stiffen up a bit the next day and then it's really hard to loosen up. Even just 5 years ago I could roll out of bed and go play. Sad but I can't do that anymore.
     
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  5. hunterx

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    Lol maybe I should have read this post earlier...I have played the last two nights and have a mixed doubles match tomorrow....but then I will take 2-3 days off.
     
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  6. IA-SteveB

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    It always depends on the weather for me. If it is hot and humid, no chance I will play more than needed.
     
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  7. tennixpl

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    I like to play doubles the night before, then stretch and hydrate a lot. waking up early and warming up extra is better then worrying about full 8 hrs of sleep...still only 30 yrs old..... in ten years answer will probably change
     
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  8. mikeler

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    I like to rest the day before.
     
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  9. goran_ace

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    I like a light 30-minute hitting session the day before a tournament. Just enough to make sure everything's working alright and grooved and move around just enough to break into a light sweat. Nothing too strenuous where you tire out your legs or joints. Then hit the showers and eat a big plate of pasta for dinner.
     
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  10. Tennis_tennis

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    i always try to hit at least an hour one day before the match ,
    Do 15 minutes of elliptical first thing in the morning of the match day .. just to make sure that i am warmed up
    try to hit at least 15-20 minutes before the match
     
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  11. Mongolmike

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    I like to hit with the ball machine the day before... nothing hard, just easy loose strokes, then hit 30-50 serves to dial them in.

    Then the day of the tourney, I always want to hit for about 20 minutes within an hour before my scheduled time... again, easy strokes, but definately some serves.

    If I had a choice/option, I wouldn't even warm-up with my opponent. I'd warm up with a friend, hit 20-30 serves with the friend, then walk onto the court and start playing within 5 minutes. I've got a good serve and no real obvious weak looking strokes and I don't want the opponent getting any free looks.

    As for their game... I don't care. I am not worried about picking up their stuff soon enough. If I know their game from previous matches, or I've scouted them, then I have a game plan... otherwise I go into a match with an unknown with the mind set that they are going to have to adjust to me. Doesn't always work that way, I'm just saying what my mindset is.
     
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  12. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    +1 on pasta the night before.
     
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  13. Fuji

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    I always try to rest the day before I have an important match such as a tourney. No need to put extra stress on the joints and legs if I don't need to. :)

    -Fuji
     
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  14. roman40

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    For me, I prefer to rest the day before match, I feel more energized that way. However, I don't notice much difference if I don't rest, in terms of results. I just enjoy playing more after a day rest.

    I guess it depends on your age and fitness level. I've seen 60+ year old players who play 4-5 times a week, although usually they do it in spite of the pain/fatigue, because they enjoy playing so much.

    I'm in my late 30s, but I try to limit to 4 times per week, 2-3hrs each time, I guess I just don't have the conditioning/diet or whatever else is required to play more and still feel 100%.
     
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