Not even a fair fight

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by anubis, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. anubis

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    Hi, this is *not* a sandbagging post. I play a mixed combo league in my area (non USTA). It's a mixture of everyone from 2.5 up to 5.0. Similar rankings are grouped together to keep the players of similar skill on the same court.

    Perhaps its due to not enough people in the league or what, but out of the 4 matches that I've played, half of the matches have been imbalanced and its frustrating. How do you handle losses where you absolutely couldn't do anything about it?

    Last night me and my partner (both 3.0s) played against two 3.5s. So right off the bat, it was a 6.0/7.0 match, highly imbalanced. But, I just wanted to play, so I didn't say anything. I wanted to give it my best.

    Well, we got demolished. First set 6-1, second set 6-1. Whenever I really pushed hard and swung with all my might, they just angled my shots away from me with even more pace. Nothing that I could do made any difference, they had all my moves covered and made no mistakes. It was as if the harder I tried, the easier it was for them. They didn't break a sweat, weren't out of breath. I was dead tired, dripping and completely winded.

    when we were finished playing, we all got together and talked about the match. Turns out both of them were 4.0s that were playing down, so it was a 6.0/8.0 match. We had no hope of even giving them a challenge. They didn't seem at all to care much about the imbalance.

    this isn't the first time I've been in an imbalanced situation. I'm not sure there's really anything I can do about it... either quit the league or just deal with it. It's just frustrating to be so outgunned.

    anyway, just needed to vent. thanks.
     
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  2. spot

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    recruit more beginners to the league.

    I guess you could also find a stronger partner who can carry you.
     
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  3. IA-SteveB

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    It can make a night of fun not so much fun. Our Sunday night men's 3.5 league at the club was like that at the beginning of the year. There were some new subs in the mix that I felt were 4.0 or 4.5 players. That made for some frustrating nights from time to time. In our league you rotate partners each set, so I'd get demolished when paired with a 3.5 and then feel bad that I am not carrying any weight when paired with a 4-4.5. Not a good feeling in ANY set.
     
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  4. goober

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    Not sure what you expected with such a large spread in NTRP levels in that leauge. As two 3.0s you are going to be one of the weaker teams. Is this a competitive or more of a social league? If it is more recreational/social you could try partnering with higher level players to make it more even. If you are stuck with your partner, accept that you are not going to win very many matches and try to learn from it and get better.
     
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  5. anubis

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    Thanks all. this is a social league, but there are rankings of the teams that win the most. i have no choice in my partners.
     
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  6. OrangePower

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    It's funny, but I rarely feel like there was nothing I could do, even when I get a beatdown... and I've eaten my fair share of bagels and breadsticks! But the thing is, I always walk off the court thinking I could have done much better and at least made it competitive, even if realistically I wasn't going to win.
     
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  7. cknobman

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    I play in a similar league and I feel my partner and I fall right in the middle skill set wise.

    We have nights where we could easily crush people 6-0,6-0 and then we have nights where it seems like nothing we do could get us a win.

    Over the last year I have come to the realization that it is a recreational league and not to worry about why others are out there or if I am over matched.

    I use my Tuesday mixed doubles league time to work on different aspects of my game.
    Last week I worked on mental toughness after winning the first set (have a bad habit of letting off gas when winning first set and then tanking 2nd set)
    This week I am working on following my serves to the net.

    Anyways I say just deal with it and use this time to work on your game. Mixed doubles is a different animal from the get go so dont take it to seriously.

    Think "What can I improve on out here that will help my game when I am playing USTA competitive matches".
     
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  8. LuckyR

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    Well, either you have the sort of personality that can grasp the reality that in such a situation (2.5 to 5.0 playing at the same time) there will be mismatches, or not. Don't show up if you can't handle it.

    As an aside, you should be aware that correctly ranked matches will go 6-0, 6-0. So since you went 6-1, 6-1 your match was probably well within acceptable grouping.
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Tennis can be a challenge, a cakewalk, or boring stuff.
    Sounds like you guys got a chance to play better players, and decided not to learn anything from it.
     
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  10. LeeD

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    There is not a hint of "fairness" in any tennis match.....or life in general.
     
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  11. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I was in a similar situation ... it was a corporate league where the only limit was you had to be a 5.0 or lower.

    Problem was there were 8 teams. 2 teams had all 5.0's. We were one of two teams that had 4.0's and 4.5's. Two teams were all 3.5's and two teams were 3.0's or worse.

    I was a good 4.0 and knew I was only going to get one fair match all season. Either I was going to get crushed by the 5.0's or I was going to destroy anyone other than the other 4.0/4.5 team.

    I enjoyed getting crushed by 5.0's much more than crushing 3.0's ... but neither situation is very good for your game. It has to be a little competitive to do you some good.

    I decided that although playing against self rates in the postseason is frustrating, the ratings system of the USTA provides many more closely matched opponents than that of the competing systems.
     
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  12. mykoh

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    sometimes the end result shouldn't matter. i might get a win, but if i won playing horribly and getting points only off my opponent's UEs, then i wouldn't feel very good about myself. my opponent would probably feel worse..

    conversely, losing can turn out to be rather satisfying. just the other night i lost 5 and 4 (i was up 4-0 in the last set :() to my regular hitting partner. i was so relaxed and hitting the ball so sweetly and i managed to execute my game exactly how i'd hope, but he was just on fire and returning everything i threw at him. i had a blast.

    so don't beat yourself up over a loss, it happens. just remember to enjoy yourself.
     
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  13. Littlemissball

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    It sounds like they completely do not want to be challenged and do not want to grow as players I know it sounds crazy but you and your partner got the best of the evening in the long run. You will win in the long run. You played-up and internalized so much athletically during play that in your next match that is more level - you are going to input those dynamics.
     
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