How to get the most out of my first tournament?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by tennisoh, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. tennisoh

    tennisoh Semi-Pro

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    Just wondering, I am thinking I might start playing some competitive tennis. Prior to this, just some recreational but I have always been told I am pretty good (relative term though). Anyway, being a former division one college baseball player, and still being in my lower 20s, I am athletic enough to beat maybe some players I am not better than tennis skill-wise.

    Anyway, what should I expect with a tournament? I haven't entered one yet, but I live in Ohio so I know the competition isn't going to be as stiff as the hotbeds in the United States. I'd like to not just be bounced quick first time out. I have no idea what my skill level would be ranked at (I looked up youtube videos of 3.5 and 4.0 players...not sure how legit they are, but I serve and move better than them).

    I wasn't sure if I wanted to play competitively, but I already miss the competitive atmosphere of pitching against nationally ranked college baseball teams so I need to fill that void. Sorry for the long post, but any tips or advice would be great.
     
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  2. counterpunchingrules

    counterpunchingrules Rookie

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    start out in 3.5, though i cant promise you wont "be bounced" first round. 3.0 sounds like it might be a little easy for you, especially if only because it will be mostly seniors.
     
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  3. Topaz

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    Really? 3.0 is mostly seniors?!?
     
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  4. counterpunchingrules

    counterpunchingrules Rookie

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    where i live it is. youngest 3.0 ive seen in a TOURNAMENT is like low 50s.
    lots of 3.0 age variety at drop in, though.
     
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  5. Sakkijarvi

    Sakkijarvi Semi-Pro

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    <Really? 3.0 is mostly seniors?!?>

    Yes, and the rest are elderly...
     
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  6. tennis-n-sc

    tennis-n-sc Professional

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    You should get out more.
     
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  7. goober

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    I would just go 3.5 and see how it turns out. Look for a tournament with consolations so even if you do lose you will get at least one more match.

    The first tourney I ever entered I was at 4.0 after about 2-2.5 years of playing recreationally. Nobody told me what level I was suppose to be at I just decided that was where I was going to play. I was a lot older than you and likely less athletic. I won 3 matches in a row and lost in the semis in a 3 setter 5-7 in the 3rd set.
     
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  8. tennisoh

    tennisoh Semi-Pro

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    Alright cool...I guess the best thing to do then is to quit being hesitant and go out and play.
     
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