My worst opponent: myself

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by sherpa78, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. sherpa78

    sherpa78 Rookie

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    Hey guys,
    While playing a league match yesterday, I was dismayed at how nervous I was. This seems to be a problem with a lot of matches I have. I definitely do not play up to my potential during league matches because my nervousness makes me lose all my confidence. My legs feel fatigued waaaaay too early in the match. My timing gets skewed so I hit the ball too late. I hit defensive shots instead of attacking. My body as a whole gets stiff, so moving around is much more diffucult.

    Needless to say, I am sick and tired of feeling this way. While I know that a certain amount of nervousness is a good thing, I feel I have an excessive reaction to nerves. I was hoping to get some pointers on how some of you have overcome this.

    Thanks,
    Sherpa78
     
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  2. ncchetty

    ncchetty New User

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    I guess this is a very typical situation for almost all players.

    Try working on your breathing. Take all the time you can between points, games and sets to get a "breather". Take deep breaths between each point.

    I found especially while serving, it made a lot of difference to me when I've taken a deep breath(s) before serving.

    Dont forget to do your ritual between each point.

    When you are returning a serve try being on your toes and hop around a bit.
     
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  3. ardew

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    i myself have trouble playing in match situations. in practice my strokes are there and i can hit the ball really well, but during a match i tend to fold a lot.

    a couple of people mentioned reading the inner game of tennis by tim gallway. im currently reading it now and it sounds good. it trys to get you to think/see things in a different way.
    hopefully it will help my game.
     
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  4. kevhen

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    Less practice, more matches.
     
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  5. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    just try saying f it. i don't care what happens, i'm just going to swing away.
     
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  6. 5.0 TopDog

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    Sherpa...go to smarttennis.com. There are some free article in the archive that you can read to help you prepare your mental game...
     
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  7. Phil

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    Just have fun. If you lose a point, or game, there's always another-no one gets hurt. Have fun and hit out.
     
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  8. fjgarciap

    fjgarciap Rookie

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    It's all about confidence. Get "Smart Tennis: How to play and win the mental game" by John F. Murray, I'm going thru it and getting excellent results. What happens to you used to happen to me: couldn't win a game against any opponent, double-faulted all the time, etc. Not anymore!

    Hope this helps & good luck!
     
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  9. sherpa78

    sherpa78 Rookie

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    Thank you all for your responses! I will try to take your advise and apply it to my game.

    I've looked at the smarttennis.com and some of the online articles paint such an accurate picture of me that it's eerie. I hope to learn some techniques from the website and also learn the reasons behind my fears and ways I can combat it.

    Very appreciatively,
    Sherpa78
     
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  10. christo

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    Arthur Ashe said take lots of little puff type breaths, not a big sigh type. Also wrote notes to put under his chair during changeovers saying MOVE YOUR FEET!
     
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