Researching other players

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by mm916157, May 13, 2010.

  1. mm916157

    mm916157 New User

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    I am doing my first tennis tournament ever at 3.5 and want to do some research on the players in my draw?

    Is there a way to look up players stats if I am not a USTA Member?

    This is a shot in the dark, but i thought i would ask.

    Thanks guys!
     
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  2. Ripper014

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    I would not worry about it... you don't really have a point of reference to compare to. And in the final analyst it will be what it is... you will win or you will lose.

    If it is important to you... once the matches start you could always scout you next round opponent, but I am not sure how much you would benefit from it.
     
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  3. bodieq

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    Since you said you're not a USTA member...I'm assuming this is a local/club type of tournament maybe? You can still look up players through the usta website if those other players are USTA members and play leagues and/or tournaments.

    ...But I'm not sure what the point would be. If this is a "3.5" level tournament, you're not going to find guys who were nationally ranked juniors, or any college stats, etc. And as someone already mentioned above, if this is your first tournament you're not going to have a point of reference anyways regardless of what other matches your opponent has played in the past.

    Good-luck in your tournament!
     
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  4. iankogan

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    Of course there is a way, IF they play USTA events (leagues/tourneys): http://tennislink.usta.com/Leagues/

    You don't need to be a USTA member to use most of the features (hmm...) on tennislink.
     
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  5. Sherlock

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    If they have ever played a USTA tournament you can also go here and search for them by name. You can enter any time frame, and get all their results and overall record in a nice easy list.
     
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  6. iankogan

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    Good point Sherlock... the advantage of searching through the league home page (http://tennislink.usta.com/Leagues/) is that both tournament and league results will be displayed. I'd add that these differences are really a by-product of notoriously bad search functions design on tennislink.
     
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    Agreed. Actually the tournament search function isn't bad...if the league search engine were combined I would be quite satisfied.
     
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  9. mm916157

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    Thanks for all your hep guys:

    Looks like my first opponent is in the USTA but has no results posted.

    If i win my first match, I am facing some legit league players.

    Here is my chance to prove is my self rated 3.5 skills are legitimate

    PS

    All the advice i have gotten on this site is awesome. My slice is on point now. Get low on those
     
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  10. 10ACE

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    Yes you can click on the people in your Draw to see their stats- or enter first and last name
     
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  11. iankogan

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    Good luck, and keep us posted. If you are like me (and like most people I'd think) you are likely feeling nervous playing your first tourney. I apologize for offering not-solicited advise, but... you are not there to prove anything; just play your game and have fun! As for the nerves (again, I'm making assumptions), it gets better the more you play.
     
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  12. mm916157

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    hell ya i'm nervous, so thanks for bringing it up. Its all in good fun though.

    I am writing out my keys to success. Number one is to not be "Ancy"
     
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  13. 10ACE

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    I'd go in their knowing most people are nervous- don't think too much clear your mind during warm ups- and play your game- Tourni's are loads of fun
     
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  14. cll30

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    For me it's usually not a good idea to check out my future opponents. If they're pretty good sometimes I will psych myself out and believe that I do not have a chance to win. If they don't look very good I can sometimes got overconfident. What usually works best for me is to just show up and play whatever is in front of me.
     
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  15. Jim A

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    if I'm watching an opponent, I watch no more than 3 games and also note the style of play he's facing. At 3.5 most of us only have one way to play. Last year scouting my potential opponents in their semifinals was useless as the style of play they were facing was nothing like how I play.
     
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  16. mm916157

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    well i was not nervous when i started playing, but i did not play my best.

    I played an old guy who gave me well placed deep slices. I felt like i was playing defense the whole time.

    Anyway I lost 6-3, 6-3 but took him to deuce every game. My opponent just new how to win the big points and was a consistency master.

    All in all, I can compete at 3.5 (played a game with another first round looser and got redemption).

    When is the next Nor Cal Tournament?
     
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