Ringers in Novice Tournaments

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  1. dcjaybutchdc

    dcjaybutchdc Rookie

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    so today i played my first ever tournament. it was a so.cal div. junior novice tournament. i consider myself a novice because i have little to no match/tournament at all.

    who ever thought there could be so many ringers?
    i don't get it, maybe they suck at satellite so they have to pound at the novices.

    there was a cheater/ringer that really pissed me off. there was no way he had been only been playing for 6 months because he was good and won all his games. anyway, it was pretty fast paced, after only a mere 3 games with someone, you go onto the next person and person with most games won, wins the tourament. we were only allowed 5 min warmup before our first game and thats it. so the ringer was my 4th person to play. we decided who serves and what not and he so he serves first. i was ready to return the ball before he double faulted. and so i thought. AFTER THE DOUBLE FAULT, HE SAID "SO ARE WE STARTING NOW?" like wth, you didnt even say you wanted practices serves that we arent supposed to have in the first place.

    oh boy what an experience.

    more ringer tournaments please!??!

    so should i expect to always face ringers in future tournaments?
    is it common/uncommon?
    what are your experiences
     
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  2. ChuDat

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    Sorry for asking but what are you trying to ask for?
     
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  3. dcjaybutchdc

    dcjaybutchdc Rookie

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    oh sorry i forgot to add. im going to edit it
     
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  4. ChuDat

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    so should i expect to always face ringers in future tournaments?
    -You shouldn't expect not too, I know a few players that play lower level tournaments than they usually play because they're not going good at their level so they move a level down in order to see if they should play a level lower or stay at the same level
    is it common/uncommon?
    -not really
    what are your experiences?
    -I once played someone at a novice tournament who should of been playing challenger level.
     
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  5. Psyballa

    Psyballa New User

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    Where do you live? Often I see players ranked much higher entering lower level tournaments because they live near the tournament site. Honestly, it's more convenient despite the inconvenience for me. For example, my first ever USTA match was against an Open Player from Burlingame, CA. I had only been playing tennis for about a year. I got taken to the shed, double bageled.

    The guy went on to win the tournament. Easy points + confidence + location = why not?
     
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  6. ChuDat

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    The OP said SOCAL
     
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  7. OleNole

    OleNole Rookie

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    I think you're being a little too harsh. It's entirely possible the kid you played was a "ringer", but I'd say probably not. There's so many great players in socal I would imagine:

    1. the kid really had just picked up the game and had been playing alot with top notch talents and/or was getting a significant amount of coaching that set him ahead of his peers in experience,
    or, more likely,
    2. he had indeed been playing for longer but either was new to tournament play or had played at higher levels and couldn't win, so he moved down to get confidence and learn how to win.

    If you're going to tournaments expecting to be the best one there (and from the tone of your post and the fact that you use a K95 but are playing with kids who've only been playing for 6 months, I think that might be the case) aren't you doing the same thing as the kid you called a ringer?
     
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  8. dcjaybutchdc

    dcjaybutchdc Rookie

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    i have only started playing since last summer. i dont like huge light racquets so i chose to use a k95.
    i certainly knew i wasnt going to be the best one there.
    i certainly didnt know there was going to be 1 or 2 people that are at a level way beyond the mere 6 others.
    the ringers looked like they had a lot of tournament experience. the serves were paced and placed well with solid strategy(at least against novices)

    if i played higher levels but moved down to novice for confidence and learning, i dont think i will gain or learn anything. i can't gain confidence from beating people i know i will beat nor will i learn anything in a lob rally game.
    just my opinion

    for them to sign up to a tournament because it is convenient is not the way to go imo
     
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