Time for a break?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Roddick85, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Roddick85

    Roddick85 Professional

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    Hi guys

    Does it ever happen to you that you feel it's time to take a break from tennis? Yesterday was my 75th match since the beginning of the year, averaging 2 hours each. I don't know why, but in the last 2 weeks, even thought I love the game, my body has been feeling tired and my game isn't up to it's usual standards. I'm also carrying a a few nagging injuries in my lower back and hamstring which probably doesn't help. I'm a 4.0 and I've lost a few matches lately to people I'm usually beating easily, my footwork and form feel a bit off, so is my confidence level. My footwork is especially sloppy lately as i'm not chasing balls like before, it's like my legs are tired. I never really felt this way before, i'm 27, in very good shape, I workout regularly, so I'm not too sure what to think.

    Guess i'm wondering if I should take a small break for maybe 1 or 2 weeks and comeback or should I just keep going? Do any of you ever experience that lethargic feeling?

    Thanks
     
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  2. samarai

    samarai Rookie

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    Yes, take a break. We play mainly for fun so why would you risk a serious injury. Let them heal before continuing.
     
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  3. LanEvo

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    Yes, I think this may be a reason... I learned it too late after losing 4 straight matches... Except in my case, I would always play myself out before the actual match and by the time the match started I would not have enough to finish it.
     
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  4. kopfan

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    You need a break... you could still play very light tennis or other sports during the break to straighten out your injury and mental. Take a longer break, not just 2 weeks. It's too short for any injury to fully recuperate.
     
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  5. Roddick85

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    Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciate. For this week, I've decided to stop everything, tennis/working out and just trying to rest as much as possible so I can heal properly. The only sort of "physical" activity i'm doing now is just stretching when I comeback from work. It's a bit hard not doing anything physical when your so used to playing and working out, hope it pays out soon enough so I can resume with the private lessons with the club's pro to take my game to the "next level". I have one scheduled saturday, as much i'd like to go, I don't think it's a good idea as those 1 hour lessons are so intense, they really burn you physically.
     
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