Four matches in 49 hours -- wish me luck!

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  1. leech

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    Due to some rainouts and other rescheduling anomalies, I will be playing four singles matches in a 49-hour span starting this evening. I am also operating on 75 minutes of sleep today (had a long poker session last night/this morning). Will see how my 40-year old body holds up.

    The first three are ladder matches; the fourth is a 3.5 men's singles match. Here are my predictions.

    Tonight I play the captain of my 3.5 mixed team. I played a ladder match vs. him last summer when I first joined the ladder. We split the first two sets, then played a full third set, with him winning in a tie-break. I think I've improved significantly in match play since then. I predict a 6-3, 6-2 win for me.

    Friday afternoon I play someone that was recently bumped up to 4.0. I've never met him, but he's done quite well in ladder matches over the years. We've had four common opponents. He beat the player I'm playing Thursday 6-4, 6-0; this player beat me last year 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. He beat a high 3.5 player 6-2, 6-3 last year; this same player crushed me 6-2, 6-1. He beat the third common opponent 6-2, 6-3; I prevailed 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 vs. this opponent. He beat the last common opponent 6-1, 6-3; I beat his guy 6-4, 6-1. Based on this info, I will predict a loss to him, 6-2, 7-5.

    Saturday afternoon I play opponent #3 above. He is consistent but does not hit with much pace. I think I will win 6-3, 6-3. I hope it does not take too much out of me, because I have a league match three hours after the start of this match. I have no idea who I will play, but the team is among the worst in our league, so I think I will be fine.
     
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  2. gmatheis

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    You don't live in Sc do ya?? Between poker and tennis I think we'd get along pretty well :)

    Oh btw good luck !!
     
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  3. leech

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    No, unfortunately, I live in a state with no legal poker rooms (Maryland). Have to drive out to WV or DE or PA or NJ to play. I think AK Suited on this board is also an avid poker player.

    Thanks, will report on how well I survive my weekend warrior challenge.
     
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  4. Alchemy-Z

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    good luck! Iv'e done 3 matches in 24 hours.

    stay hydrated and be sure you have stuff to counter cramping.
     
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    i played 5 singles matches in one weekend before. i played open sat 8am and won so played at 11am and lost. then had a 4.5 match at 3pm and won. then had to play the next day at 11am and won then another at 2or3 pm i won that and at least got a break untill the next weekend. i was pretty dead after that one.
     
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    Well, four matches over three days is tough but do-able... hopefully you are more of an aggressive player and not so much a grinder... that would help. Try keep points short. Without the Sat afternoon match it would just be one match per evening, so if it turns out you decide to bail out of any of the matches, the Sat afternoon match would be the one to miss.

    Actually what would do me in were I in your situation is the 75mins sleep for the match tonight. I play like rubbish after a mostly sleepless night.
     
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  9. jdubbs

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    You are going to be hurting.

    Take care of yourself, and if you pull something/come up lame/knee/elbow really hurts, no shame in retiring to fight another day.

    There's no way I could play that much tennis and I'm the same age as you, though I play 4.5 for what it's worth.
     
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  10. MesQueUnClub

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    Well, I am playing a singles match(tournament) at 9am on Sunday and 2 mxd doubles league matches at 12 noon and 3pm and show up for a men's doubles match(tournament) at 6.
    Trying to get the last doubles match postponed. The funny thing is all 4 are at 4 different places :(
     
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  11. g4driver

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    I played a tournament in late March this year, where I had two single's matches back to back at 9 am then 1130am and then two mixed doubles matches at 130pm and 330 pm.

    Lost in the Final's of the singles 10-7 in the 10 pt TB, and won the Mixed in a 10 pt TB. 6+hours on hard courts in one day. :(

    Played five doubles matches in a tournament last March. Three mixed 7.0 matches, then two Men's 3.5 matches that put me on the court nearly 7.5 hours for that day. At least those matches were on clay. ;)

    I have two titanium screws in this 45 year old back. A heating pad and Alleve work wonders. ;)
     
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  12. leech

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    Holy crap, you're an ironman! Back-to-back singles matches in a tournament sound the most energy-sapping to me. I spent three straight days of 7 hours on the courts when I went to a tennis mini-camp with my wife; even that kicked my butt.
     
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  13. leech

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    I won this match 7-5, 6-2. Had a good chance to close out the first set serving at 5-3, but kinda choked. Not too tired. Gonna watch as much of the Laker game as I can before I zonk out tonight.
     
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  14. g4driver

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    When playing a lot of matches in one day or against grinders, once I get to the second set, I do my best to win my serve NLT than 3 deuces. With one set under my belt, win or lose, I try to converse energy.

    If I can't win the serve before the 3rd deuce, I get very aggressive for the remainder of the game. It won't go much longer than 4 deuce games. I will lose the game or win it with quick points.

    Here is why I get overly aggressive around the 3rd deuce point:

    I have learned that when it goes beyond that I expend to much energy serving, and if I lose my serve say after four or five deuce points, I remain winded when my opponent starts serving. So now I have lost my serve and get so winded, I can't break my opponent. I have learned that I simply lose too many games after my serve if I let a game go too long. And since my ROS is better than my serve, I rely on my ROS to win games I truly need. Unless my opponent is getting two service winners or aces per game, I feel confident I can break most 3.5s and about half the 4.0s I play. My USTA single's record is 5-0 in league play and 1-1 in tournaments doing this. At 4.0, I am 3-2 in single's ladder matches using this technique.
     
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  15. leech

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    Turned out that my Saturday ladder opponent had to bail, so I just had one match each day for three days. Not so strenuous.

    Won the first ladder match 7-5, 6-2 vs. a 3.5 opponent (had predicted a 6-3, 6-2 win).

    Lost second ladder match 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 vs. a 4.0 opponent (had predicted a 6-2, 7-5 loss).

    The third ladder match had to be rescheduled.

    Won my USTA 3.5 men's singles match 6-0, 6-0 (my first double-bagel). I had extra incentive to close out this match quickly because my wife was peeved that I was going to be late to a Mother's Day BBQ that day; I ended up making it on time.
     
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    Nice scores, esp vs the 4.0.

    I once played a member guest in July where we won the consolation bracket. Played 8 matches (2 out of 3 format) in two days. Talk about ache! Not bad tho at age 50 :)
     
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  17. leech

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    Whoa, that has got to be a record; can't see anyone topping 8 matches in two days. Good thing you took it down -- imagine the pain of the finalist!
     
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