Tips for a slow starter

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  1. aka1809

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    I find it a theme that it takes me a while to get into a match, like maybe even a whole set. I think I warm up properly, but it takes me so long to start to feel comfortable and start playing my best tennis. Any tips for this problem?
     
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  2. newpball

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    What is your age and level and are you referring to singles or doubles play?
     
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  3. Fedinkum

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    I find the warming up inside the service box drill works well for me. Forces you into good form.
     
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  4. aka1809

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    36, in good shape.
    4.0, singles
     
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    Based on that I would think it is not physical but mental, you probably need time to focus.

    Even during warmup start to concentrate on the ball, your strokes, your opponent's strokes. Focus on the game even before it starts, think strategies, try to get your mind 100% on it.

    Also consider the activities right before you start the game, everybody is different so find out what works for you to focus. It may be doing a virtual game in your mind or just sit and relax or go for a walk, try different things that makes you ready to play.
     
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  6. markzolotoy

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    I have exactly same problem. While playing matches it takes sometimes a whole set to come down, relax, and start playing my tennis. I am practicing twice a week, and even on these sessions it takes time to start hitting balls the way it supposed to be. I am 100% sure it's all mental. The trick is to how to deal with it and be ready at the very beginning. I have been trying very hard on training sessions to start hitting correctly right from the first minute. One of things that helped was being very, very relax.
    HTH.
     
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  7. Larrysümmers

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    theres a reason why you hear about the pros hitting for an hour+ beforehand on match day
     
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  8. MethodTennis

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    What is your warm up routine
     
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  9. Roger Wawrinka

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    I'm sure it's more of mental thing than physical.
     
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  10. MethodTennis

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    Better off to rule it out than to assume its mental though. Much easier to check that youre body will be ready via a forum than to check if your mind will be
     
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  11. AHJS

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    I, being a slow starter, also am plaqued with this issue. My solution is to jump on them at the start. A good warm-up when you identify their strengths and weaknesses and gets your shots going and gets you moving is a great way to get rid of this issue. Also, for me, I find that hitting heavy topspin, even though it isn't my primary game, helps to keep the ball in, trouble the opponent, and also gets my racket head speed up which makes me less passive and then I am able to use this head speed to then after a few games, get comfortable and play my own game.
     
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  12. cjs

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    Have a cigarette after your warm up.
     
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  13. ATP100

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    Easy Answer: Jump Rope
     
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  14. MayDay

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    Whistle while you play. Seriously. Try it.
     
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