How to deal with loss

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by IceBlue, Jun 12, 2004.

  1. IceBlue

    IceBlue New User

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    Hi,

    If anyone could help here, it would be greatly appreciated. How do you cope with losing when you have trained basically all year for a tournament, and then lose in the first round? (State) Especially when it was your last high school match ever. I will play in college, but I am not feeling very good right now. :cry: Thanks
     
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  2. Tim Tennis

    Tim Tennis Professional

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    When you set a goal, really work hard to achieve it and have visions of success it can be really hard when you have a tough loss. You have to realize that your opponent probably worked just as hard as you did. Maybe it was just his day. Think of the loss as a gift so you can measure just where you are. Analyze just why and how he beat you. What areas do you need to work on so you can be more competitive? Better serve, better 2nd serve, consistency, shot selection and placement, quickness, whatever. Get excited about correcting your weaknesses and competing on a higher level. Maybe he was so good you can't visualize beating this guy but again think of it as a gift to help you improve so you can play better for your team next year. Tennis is a team sport, you have this whole summer to improve your game. If you focus on improving and correcting you weaknesses, the level of play you can get to by next season will be so much better. Get the rest of your team members involved and set a team goal. Word, work, work, if you don't achieve your goal, so what, at least you know you did your best. That's what honor and competiting is all about.

    You got to love the game.
     
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  3. Tim Tennis

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    Obviously my reading skills aren't to good. A lot of what I said in the previous post still applies. College tennis is a whole new ball game. You will need to really apply yourself and get your game on as high a level as possible. It would be great if you could get some of your high school team mates to help you work on your game and you could help them with theirs. In college or high school it is important to get yourself as high up the latter as possible. If you move in at 5 or 6 the competition is rough. They will have some walk ons that are unbelievably good. I helped with a HS team this year and a player that had played in the number 6 slot for 4 years got unseated in the middle of the season. He was devastated. A player that hung around for four years really worked on is game in the last year and just got better. I was so proud of him and so sorry for the other player. The competition is brutal. What the heck, just do your best.

    You got to love the game.
     
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