What skills are most important for singles specialists?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Cindysphinx, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. cak

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    Well, here we had trouble finding 3.0 singles players, and it didn't get better at 3.5. And the horrendous 3 hour pusher game I refer to, I was playing 3.5, against a young lady that had just dropped from 4.0. (And no, she wasn't the one pushing.) In NorCal there are so many players that the areas are pretty small. And if you are willing to drive, say 20 minutes you can play at the same level on three different teams each season. So the singles players often play on multiple teams.
     
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  2. JHBKLYN

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    I guess sometimes the truth does hurt so your way of dealing with it is a more diplomatic way to solve that situation, not to mention no hurt feelings. :)

    Perhaps you can add that whoever wants to play singles will be playing each other for the slots? This way, if one wants to embarass themselves would think twice before showing their hands. Seriously though, the team should think as a team and no one should feel embarassed or humiliated. Everybody should know their strengths and weaknesses and all should be encouraging and not discouraging. I'm wondering, as the captain of the team (I assume you are), if someone who is weak at singles really wants to play singles, will you give that person a chance or will you not let them play?

    I don't know what your league format is but I assume its 2 singles and 3 doubles? If that is the format, all you need is a good singles player and 4 good doubles players and try to win 3 out of 5 matches every time and you should be in the playoffs. What is your evaluation of your team? Do you think you have a chance to compete for the playoffs or do you think the season will be just winning a few matches here and there and putting in a respectable showing?
     
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  3. JHBKLYN

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    3 hours? That's a long match! Was it outdoors or indoors?

    Do you ladies go 2 out of 3 sets or is there a 3rd set tiebreaker?
     
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  4. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    That's an interesting question. Say I have my 4-5 singles players and someone else wants to do it. (There is a player like this. I'm not asking her to play singles because I can't have all of my strongest players playing singles; someone has to play doubles on court one).

    If she wanted to play singles, I would tell her what the singles players are expected to do. Our plan is to participate on a singles ladder in our area, in addition to regular lessons/clinics/practices. If she demonstrated her commitment to learning singles, then I'd take her on as an extra singles players, and we'd spread the matches around.



    Boy. It's hard to say. We won the Fall division at 5.5, going 11-1. We have since parted ways with all of our 2.5 players and are doing 6.5this winter. We have only one 3.5 players, and we are 1-1 so far this season. Hopefully, the many months of doubles experience and the winter playing against superior 6.5 teams will pay off. Then again, the top 3.0 teams have been at the top for years, so imagine it would be difficult to dethrone them.

    If we go .500 on the season, I'd be happy with that as a foundation for next season.
     
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  5. cak

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    Outdoors, no time limit, and that was only two sets. As I told my captain this year. Well, yeah, I could play singles, but NO ONE wants to wait that long. The wine and appetizers were long gone, and the only spectators left were the captains. And my captain had to find her captain to get her down on the court when she went down. (For those not following in another thread, she cramped up and couldn't move, on my match point. She had to retire.)
     
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