Biggest Single Goal For 2007

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  1. Cindysphinx

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    What's your *one* biggest tennis goal for 2007?

    Is there a stroke you want to master? A person you want to beat? A tournament you want to win? A bad habit you want to break?

    For me, I think I want my 2007 goal to be transitioning to singles. I started playing tennis as a 2.5 retriever/pusher. Even won a tournament.

    Alas, I have become horrible at singles due to a single-minded focus on doubles and an inability to hit with depth. I'm working on my groundstrokes, but when I'm tight or under pressure, every ball lands on the T, and I lose.

    I plan to fix this in 2007 and perhaps enter a September tournament as a singles player. So my 2007 goal is to learn to hit groundstrokes with depth. And spin, of course. No pushing allowed.
     
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  2. kevhen

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    Continue working on the continental serve, flat forehand, and backhand volley. Continue with getting better at mixing up spins and pace and adding new twists like a backhand slice approach shot. Work on adding more depth on shots and placement when going for angles. Continue to keep being more and more aggressive especially against 4.5s and play more 4.5 doubles. I would like to win all my 4.0 league matches and even win a 4.0 tournament next summer and then get bumped to 4.5.

    Also just remember that tennis is a game and make sure I am keeping it fun. Never take it too seriously, be generous with calls, keep a good reputation, and make new friends.
     
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  3. BiGGieStuFF

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    Improve intensity during the match. Strengthen core. Improve SW forehand grip. Improve shot selection.
     
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  4. looseswing

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    Become Federer.:D
     
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  5. Swinging Simian

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    Master that american twist serve, improve the foot work, and get more pace out of my BH.
     
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  6. spot

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    Splitstep on every shot and watch the ball come off of the opponents strings. I think that its the one habit that I could pick up that would improve my game the most. get to the point where I don't even have to think about it and I am always reacting to the ball on contact.
     
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  7. 300Gkid

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    first develop a reliable kick serve, improve serve variety, and get better groundstroke preparation so i can play better w/ kids that can hit harder

    also break top 50 in New England and maybe top 20 in Eastern MA
     
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  8. servelefty2233

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    Break into the top 10 in Indiana for fourteens(top 20 now) and break into top 100 in the M I D W E S T(around 150-175 range now)
     
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  9. Redflea

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    Remember to watch the friggin' ball! Sounds too basic, right? But still my biggest "gotcha" after over 30 years of tennis, and the source of the majority of my unforced errors. When I watch Fed hit, that's what I envy most about him (OK, maybe after his footwork)...his unswerving ability to keep his peepers locked onto the ball on every stroke.
     
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  10. andyroddick's mojo

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    I want to win my first open round match, and make my high school varsity team.
     
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  11. DRtenniS1112

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    Help my college team reach nationals.
     
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  12. Trinity TC

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    Get back into coaching. I've been on hiatus since 2001.
     
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  13. tennisboy87

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    My goal is to help my team win an A-10 championship and make it to the NCAA tournament.
     
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  14. Phil

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    That's a good and reachable goal. Here's a hint: Practice as you play. Don't just hit the ball back and forth...think DEPTH on every shot. Eventually it will sink in.
     
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  15. Jack Romeo

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    volleys, volleys, volleys
     
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  16. TriCitiesTennis

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    ditto.....and move from 3.0 to 4.0 in the same season.
     
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  17. raiden031

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    Is that possible to get a computer rating to bump you up 2 levels in the same year?

    I am hoping to do the same myself (at least skillwise). I am currently a very strong 3.0 and I am self-rating for a winter-mix league at 3.0 and then playing a men's spring league at 3.0 as well. I have a feeling I will be disqualified in the men's league because of the amount of playing and improvement I will have gained by then. I have been playing off and on for 6 years, but I got VERY serious about improvement about 4 months ago. If I can hang with a 4.0 player by the end of next year I will be very happy.
     
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  18. mchippo

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    Consistency
     
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  19. kevhen

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    You can get bumped 2 levels. I have seen it before. An athletic lady who hadn't played much tennis self-rated at 3.0 and then won all her tournaments pretty easily so they bumped her to 4.0 but she appealed and played 3.5 and again won most of her matches so she got bumped to 4.0 again the next year and has stayed there now.
     
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  20. tennismike33

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    My goal for the 2007 season is a lot different than 2006.

    I wanted to maintain my ranking in the top 10 Pacific NW, which I accomplished.

    This year I want to raise the level and play in at least 3 National events and raise my national ranking into the top 50's. I REALLY want to play in the clay court tournament in Indianapolis later this year. So if you knowof a free place to stay let me know.
     
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  21. Supernatural_Serve

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    1. To win a USTA tournament (non-open, 4.0 and under)

    2. To find a better USTA team to play doubles on that isn't all political and f*ck*d up.

    3. To get in better shape so that in July/August I'm not physically falling apart in my third singles match of the day trying to accomplish goal 1.)
     
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  22. Janne

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    Just imrpove. I´ll try to reach the 4.0 level by this time next year. Right now I´m a 2.5 level player who has played for ~3 months. Before I started taking lessons 2 hours a week 3 months ago all I had done was hit around with my dad a few times.
     
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  23. kevhen

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    2.5 to 4.0 in one year. Wow! I just want to go from 4.0 to 4.5 and have been at 4.0 for 3 years now.
     
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  24. Indrid Cold

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    Stop trying to "fix" my forehand. Theres nothing wrong with it. Get a reliable second serve. Stop hitting drop shots out of desperation. Get footwork up to par.
     
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  25. Janne

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    What can I say? The bigger the challenge the more fun it gets! :grin:
     
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  26. snoflewis

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    i've recently hit a fire and started rocketing in terms of improving my game...so im hoping to maintain that although the weather could be an issue. by january, im hoping to beat my friend who i've never beaten...

    but my single goal for 2007 is to win more.
     
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  27. baros

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    to win eddie herr next year boys 18 i got beat second this year yesterday.
     
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  28. tonysk83

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    Go through a match with no double faults.

    Play 1 doubles on my high school team.
     
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  29. skuludo

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    Must serve faster. I need to develop service speed to match Drakulie's serve. That is my current on going goal. It will probly carry on to 2007.

    Long way to go to have a serve average over 100mph.
     
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  30. TriCitiesTennis

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    I am going to play 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 league tennis this year. My hope is that I will dominate 3.0, win 75% at 3.5 and then hopefully 30-50% at 4.0.

    Im not sure that it's possible, but if I have the chance to go to state in any league matches of 4.0, I am going to go with that team and hope to win.
     
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  31. ball_basher

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    Currently, I'm 3.5 going on 4.0 and my aim is to become the complete player in terms of skills, confidence and fitness. Need improvement on every aspects of my techniques except my forehand cos it's a monster!!

    Lol, have no plan testing my skills against Federer so I'll wait till he's too old to beat me!:p
     
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  32. Big Fed

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    Win the 18s tourny in kalmazoo and go to the US open
     
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  33. fuzz nation

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    Wow, I honestly think my top goal is to stop buying racquets... HA!

    I also want to meet CanadianChic (I'm in love with an avatar!)

    Supernatural, I could list your three verbatim and I can recommend coaching to anyone with ample knowledge and energy for it--hugely rewarding.
     
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  34. dave333

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    run the mile in 6 minutes to get onto my team >_< yeah, that happens to be my goal...
     
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  35. federer_nadal

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    This is my goal, and also if anyone could give me some tips on how to achieve it. I have been told that ihave the shots to be a great player but i lack self confidence. I want to improve my self confidence and also get more of a mental game.
     
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  36. 4brotherdrive

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    Get more pace on my slice serve, develop the onehanded backhand which i will start using next week (ive been using twohander and although its great my game revolves around variety which is hard to get on a twohander), a backhand volley, and shot selection which i can only get through a lot of matches. I want to win my dad next year, he's a tough opponent and says i have to take a set off of him if I want him to pay for my tournies.
     
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  37. fuzz nation

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    Who's my evil twin?! Great point--feel free to restart this as your own thread and you may come up with a few golden nuggets of wisdom. I'm trying to face my fears and go out for some tough matches and tournaments, but my biggest obstacle to success is my head. Learned a whole lot from reading gurus like Brad Gilbert and Vic Braden, but I need to fish around for more to study in general sports psychology. Braden is also a licensed psychologist, so I recommend his books to people routinely.

    Special forces people strive to become comfortable with being uncomfortable and that objective can also be applied to our sport. Pushing yourself into tougher competitive settings more often will make you more familiar with that environment. "Tournament tough" is largely the capacity to keep using your brain in nastier matches far from home. Fortunately, we're just playing tennis.
     
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  38. Dashbarr

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    loose fat, get stronger and faster, win a tournament to get to top 20 boys
    14's in norcal.
    =D
     
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  39. Benchwarmer1

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    get a more consistent BH, and a faster serve
     
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  40. Tennis79

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    develop a better slice backhand and backhand volley.
     
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  41. Andy270211

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    Be the first 14 year old to serve more than 115mph.


    I improved from 65mph to 105mph tops just this year.


    I hope I can luck it or something. I'm in love with serves now.


    But, I think, highly unlikely :(.
     
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  42. ShooterMcMarco

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    My single biggest goal for 07' is to develop a consistent serve. Next goal would be to maintain an athletic position throughout the match.
     
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  43. no skillz

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    My goal for 07 is to develop a sweet and consistent serve, work on my volleys, and footwork.

    I would also like to beat drakulie.
     
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