Should I quit?

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  1. donnyz89

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    I am so stupid. I played in a tournament today, after not hitting a ball in 2 weeks!!!! wtf was I thinking! I think I won maybe 10 points the whole match to someone that I could have beaten or at least hang with on a normal day. I hit maybe 3 clean returns all match, and his serves was slow too. I lost 0-0 in 40 minutes, SOOOO EMBARASING! Should I go back and play my consolation match? my opponent is not found in the rankings anywhere, but I dont know. You have no idea how mad I am right now, if I go back and loose again terribly, I will literally blow up, 30 minute drive... sigh, I try calling the local club for ball machine but they are closed. It was terrible, 1/10 shots I hit actually made contact with the strings! all the other shots were off my throats, I dont even know what happened besides the fact I didnt touch a racquet in 2 weeks. I really dont want to go back, any thoughts?
     
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  2. dmastous

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    If you don't like tennis that much, there's no reason to play. If you love tennis as much as I do, why would you want to quit?
    Bottom line is you shouldn't quit due to a loss, you should base your decision on whether you enjoy playing or not.
     
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  3. Ripper

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    I think he's refering to quiting just the tournament, not tennis in general...

    I'm not sure what I would do in this situation. Probably, I'd play and try to not mind about lossing. I mean, if it happens again. HTH...
     
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  4. legolas

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    PRACTICE, ull have fun
     
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  5. Mr.Federer

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    Donnyz89, you don't seem to be a pro so you shouldn't really care that much if you lost badly...because after all at the non-even-close to be pro level..people play tournaments not only to compete but also to do something in life and have fun..so chill out, keep on playing the tournament and have fun. You can't do much worse than your last try.
     
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  6. arky-tennis

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    If you play your worst, you can't play worse, only better...

    OR

    Aim for the moon, you'll be among the stars.

    Those are my korny sayings for the day.

    Don't quit, play your best that you can and remember this saying I heard from a coach:

    "Hit the damn ball"
    "You play the ball, the ball does not play you"

    Both of these apply.
     
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  7. Dan007

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    A similar thing happened to me before. This year, when I went U.S. Open I didn't even thouch a racket for 2 weeks.( exept for looking and holding some rackets at the store. I came back and hit a few balls with my coach. I couldn't play at all! But after a week or two of practicing I found my game and started killing people atin a tournament.
     
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  8. arky-tennis

    arky-tennis Semi-Pro

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    Oh, and I have lost in a golden set before... GET OVER IT!!!
    My worst loss was 0-0 in 35 min. (including warm up)
     
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  9. PM_

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    Rent Days of Thunder. I think you're suffering a Tom Cruise syndrome right now.
    You need to get back in the game. GET BACK IN THE FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: :mad:
     
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  10. nViATi

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    He's going EMO on us! RUN!!


    Seriously though, if you want to quit decide it yourself. Is your self esteem so low that you need random people on the internet to reinforce your choices?
     
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  11. Kaptain Karl

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    Go. Play. Consider it practice. (You've already paid for it, through you Entry Fee.)

    - KK
     
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  12. donnyz89

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    I played and played a lot better... still lost, I was disappointed but not nearly as upset as I was this morning.
     
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  13. Docalex007

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    Thats good to hear. BTW, your freaking out because you went 14 days without playing tennis and think this is an excuse for why you lost?

    Not to be negative, but its good to put blame on your game instead of stupid excuses like not having played in two weeks. Two weeks is nothing. You don't lose form in such a short time. Especially not that much to where you cannot hit the ball cleanly.

    Now is the time where you re-commit yourself and renew your spirit for the game. Go hit the practice courts with a new perspective on the world. Be open to a new "touch and feel" for the game. It happens to all of us.

    Remember, Gaudio lost 0 and 0 just the other day. It happens, new day when the sun comes up in the East.
     
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  14. zAllianceBmx

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    yes. right away
     
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  15. Rickson

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    Everyone has off days. Don't stress too much and go out there to practice. If you let an off day affect you this much, what will you do when you play against someone who's actually good since you feel you could beat this guy under normal circumstances? Don't quit, just go out there and remind yourself that everyone has off days.
     
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  16. theazneyes

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    Just go back and play. Who cares if you lose? And maybe you'll win? And either way you get some experience. And next time you'll know to actually practice a bit before a tournament.
     
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  17. cadfael_tex

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    Hey, if you're not having fun then quit -- for a while. Just long enough to lower your expectations -- which for me was 19 years. JK!!! Tennis is all about timing. Two weeks off might be enough but there are a lot of things that can lead to an off day. Just let it slide and have fun -- don't let it get to you is the key thing. Easy for me to say, a lot harder for me to do - just read my post about 'opinions from players who have come back'.
     
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  18. legolas

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    btw, if u quit, it will be so broing, i sat out tennis for 2 years, it was so gay
     
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  19. Don't quit just because you lose a match...or else Federer would be the only pro left. ;)
     
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  20. Matthew

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    Something similar happened to me... sorta.

    I had to play the top seed first round, and he destroyed me 0-1. I don't even know if we had actual rallies, I couldn't even return his serve it was so nuts. I was basically outclassed though. Anyway, I had a consolation round the next day, but I called the next morning and said I had injured my knee the night before and I couldn't make the consolation round (obviously I didn't really injure my knee though). But yea, did I mention that the consolation round was during the French Open final? I had to make a choice... and I chose Rafa ;) .
     
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  21. legolas

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    lol, u should get that guy who beat u next time, even the score, make sure ur serve is unreturnable too
     
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  22. MegacedU

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    Jump off a bridge? I'm kidding. We all have hellish matches. Once, I wont the first set 6-0 and then lost the next two 1-6 1-6. I was humiliated and had the whole club asking me what the hell happened since I had about 10 people watching the match. Things will get better I promise.
     
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  23. Return_Ace

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    donny, what the hell are you whining for? i mean two weeks? PFFFFTTTTT, how bout going on holiday to australia for three weeks, then entering THE most important tournament in our area two days after returning (without having picked up a racket) and losing in the first round of both the main draw AND the runners up draw. You have nothing to be embarassed about, and anyways, i'm still playing.
     
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  24. goober

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    go play your consolation match you can't do any worse than you just did.

    I got clocked by the #1 seed in a tournament first round 6-1, 6-1. I seriously thought about dropping my consolation round match thinking I was in way over my head. I ended playing and winning all my matches after that and won the consolation final.
     
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