Match Play Focus

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Jim A, May 23, 2010.

  1. Jim A

    Jim A Professional

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    I played my first bit of competitive tennis in nearly 10 months this weekend including 50+ games and a couple of super tie-breakers yesterday.

    Made the semifinals in my first 3.5 event, however I lost a match I should have won yesterday. Chances to serve at 5-4 and 6-5 in the 1st set (there were a lot of breaks with the 40+mph wind) and then had the break at 5-4 in the 2nd.

    In addition to my forehand and serve, what was most troubling was I couldn't get dialed in mentally. Part of it will just come from playing matches again, however any other thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
     
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  2. jc4.0

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    Channeling Nadal

    Well I think mental focus does come with "match toughness" but 40 mph winds can also throw off your focus. One suggestion is, have some quiet time with yourself before the match, settle yourself mentally (I actually meditate) and then don't talk to much to your opponent or anybody else. Keep a positive internal dialogue going within yourself. Think about your strengths as a player, and your game plan. sometimes I try to channel Rafa and it might win a couple of points!!!
     
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  3. West Coast Ace

    West Coast Ace G.O.A.T.

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    When it's that windy, I wouldn't use that as a barometer of anything. You got outside and worked up a sweat - that's it. Only advanced players have the games to adjust to such severe winds. And even some pros can't - think Murray vs. Nadal in the IW final a few yrs back.
     
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  4. Jim A

    Jim A Professional

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    I appreciate the replies, I'm focused going into the match but at times when I need to be dialed in on key points, etc I'm just not there yet...didn't have the typical pump up at key parts of the match
     
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  5. HookEmJeff

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    I completely agree. When the wind is kicking that much, I'd say don't sweat the results. As this poster here said - it's not really a barometer for skill.

    In fact, it's not really the same sport at that point. It's just a scramble fest. Just try your best to deal with the conditions because they are REALLY going to be frustrating. About the only thing that's good for is mental exercise and concentration.


    Jeff
     
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