To you, What are the challenges you see in singles?

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  1. user92626

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    I'm interested to hear your thoughts on singles games and the difficulties you see.

    For me when I first began it was stamina and strength. I used to play doubles but I was surprised how much weaker my strokes became in singles. It wasn't a confident or mindset issue, but constant running and hitting strings of shots sapped my energy fast.
     
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  2. Lukhas

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    Thinking about feeding yourself correctly before AND during the match. In doubles, even if you don't bring food, you can get away because it's a much more aggressive format. In singles, granted you find yourself playing a defender or a pusher, the match can last very long. You may do well, but suddenly when you're about to close you're low on fuel, and you loose the match.
     
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  3. LeeD

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    Beating a 3rd year 3.5 league player.
     
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  4. user92626

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    luk,

    I could see you're a very experienced player. :) Once again I completely forgot the fact that I usually go to my tennis session after work on empty stomach. Well, lunch is 6 hours ago.

    To boost, my brand of tennis is attacking. You're right again that playing people whose main focus is to put the ball back in play can be a little exhausting. Yesterday I played against exactly a guy like that. I think I ran north/south a bit more than I did east/west.
     
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  5. Lukhas

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    Oh I am not, nor I did play competitively. I'm slowly getting back into the game. I'm not old by any means, but I haven't played for 4 years before this year, so yeah...
     
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  6. 10isfreak

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    Now that I have somewhat decent strokes and footwork to rely on, grinding a long point is something challenging physically. Since it's a problem, I decided to turn my game away from offensive... sort of compelling myself to work hard and play lengthy rallies. So far, it does wonders to me, but it's a lot harder than hitting just a few good shots.
     
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  7. martini1

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    Footwork is my biggest roadblock. As a rec player who didn't learn tennis as a kid, I am slow on reading balls and tend to react to it rather than anticipate it. When my ball sense and footwork is up, games are not difficult compared to constantly trying to hit balls that are out of reach.
    UE is another thing but it is the same for singles/doubles.
    Strokes can be done more freely as you don't need to worry about a net player cutting your angles.
    Lastly like the others have said energy level plays a much bigger part on singles.
     
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  8. The Isomotion31

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    Yes. Goodness, I forgot about that and was finally asked to play singles for my team. Luckily I won in straight sets but I was famished towards the middle of the second set. Basically all I ate before the match was a handful of nuts and water.
     
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  9. user92626

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    I am new to singles. Doubles is the mode of the city court games. Fortunately in the past two weeks I have had the fortune to play about 7 sets of singles. Quite happy and a little surprised that I could beat them all with ease :D :) These are very competitive doubles players and I had no idea how we'd stack up in singles.

    Anyway, I also realize that experience and being well versed with different plans and ability to adapt quickly seems very important. It's like chess. The more moves (and countering moves) you know and able to pull out quickly, the better you are. Strokes and shots are the same, but if you put them in "scripts" you're already one step ahead of many players :) It's a challenge for me to remember as many scripts as possible.
     
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  10. johnchung907

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    To me, it's the mental game. During hitting sessions, I play amazing points. During matches, I tend not to retain my level (Some highlights: passing shots, drop volleys, and winner off the baseline) which means that I make more unforceed errors than I usually do. I just overthink things which I'm working on.
     
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  11. The Meat

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    Poor line calling, really can change the outcome of a match especially if they call a line tapper out.....
     
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  12. Phonco

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    It would have to be fitness/footwork and maintaining focus.

    I think sometimes we forget that tennis is a sport and not just of a game of strokes. Increasing your fitness and strength can greatly improve every aspect of your game.

    Maintaining focus is just difficult in general. It's hard to not drift away, or zone out especially if you're ahead.
     
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  13. Larrysümmers

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    getting a rythm down. usually its serve, return, and a groundstroke. way different from the constant hitting in a practice.
     
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  14. NLBwell

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    Changing directions with a non-fuctioning right ankle and left knee. Once I get pointed in the right direction, I can move pretty well. I'm not sure whether doubles or singles is more difficult for my movement, though. In doubles, there are more quick reaction movements and I have less control over where I will need to move on the next shot.
     
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  15. TomT

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    Stamina, fitness is my main hurdle. It affects everything. Even the mental stuff. I'm slowly improving my stamina and fitness, but it's always going to be an issue for a guy my age playing younger players. I need to practice and get better at the mental aspect when I'm gassed.
     
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  16. user92626

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    Wow, alot of valid points which are often overlooked. I would say bad or shady line calling would probably be the worst challenge for me to overcome outside of techniques. I'm a little obsessive and can't let go easily so it can be a little distracting.

    Very good point about fitness and stamina. I don't think when fatigue sets in we can forget the fact that the game is very physical. I notice that rec players tend to display their exhaustion very visibly. If you are savvy you can take advantage of it. :)
     
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  17. tennytive

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    Biggest for me is to limit my running for the ball and force the opponent to do the running instead. Once I get pushed out wide and have to scramble back and forth to make shots just to stay in the point nothing good usually happens.

    Get your opponent on the run and life is good. :)
     
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  18. user92626

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    That seems to be the objective of the game, but you know what, I find that as far as rec tennis goes, oftentime you doing alot of running and getting the ball back one more time can be very intimidating to your opponent. It should feel like you're gettting groove while your opponent is getting more confused about what to do to win a point. That's because every rec player knows how to do running and hitting the ball any way they can, but very few know how to construct point, rely on technique. That's a more advanced tennis. :)

    In my earlier post I mentioned that you'd be a step ahead if you came in with what I called scripts of shot that you remember well. I mean, execute shots in ways that you have planned in advance. That's also going to help limit your running.
     
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  19. lightthestorm

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    For me, staying really sharp, on top of my game. I would grind out a close set (win something like 7-5) and lose the next set 1-6. doesn't happen often... but still.
     
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  20. RetroSpin

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    Lots of good points made already, but I would say maintaining the balance between keeping the ball in play and hitting aggressively enough not to get pushed around.
     
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  21. Metalica

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    Lack of experience/ match play. I can hit the ball very well during practice but I become a mental midget once a match start. I'd start to push the ball over instead of taking a full swing and end up making more error anyway.
     
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  22. 5263

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    I used to get bothered by line calls quite a bit, then once I move my intentions
    well inside the lines for the Smart Targets I use, I found I had far fewer close
    calls and especially at those tough moments/important points. This way
    questionable calls here and there don't bother me near as bad because I know
    I never intended to be that near a line anyway. Now I just feel fortunate when
    I get a close call to go my way and respect the caller for it, and tend to expect
    my errant shots near the lines will likely be called out. Doesn't hurt near as
    much as when I was going more for the lines and hit a perfect placement...only
    to have it called out.
     
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  23. RetroSpin

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    That is an incredibly mature outlook, and I can see how it would pay big dividends during a match. There are certain shots you just know you will get hooked on a lot, like the wide serve to the deuce court. For some reason, even honest players seem to see it out when it is on the line.
     
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