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dlam 01-20-2013 03:17 PM

What's the longest match you played?
 
I been finding its very difficult for me to concentrate on my match and take mental breaks as much as possible during change over
What is the longest you stayed mentally in a match and what kind of techniques do you use to stay focused?

Say Chi Sin Lo 01-20-2013 03:31 PM

Real USTA/league matches or not?

I once lost a 3hour league match. 5-7 6-7. I learned a lot from that lost.

dlam 01-20-2013 03:32 PM

Real matches only not pickup match

Say Chi Sin Lo 01-20-2013 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by dlam (Post 7141782)
Real matches only not pickup match

Ok, then yeah, a 3 hour 5-7 6-7 match. Offense (me) vs. a grinder.

Thoroughly annoyed, but learned a lot. I just kept telling myself:

I can't stay 5-10feet behind the baseline and trade moonballs with this guy, and let him dictate play. Because that's not my game, I have to assert myself be aggressive. If he runs down my otherwise winners, then he's a better player than me.

Rjtennis 01-20-2013 03:47 PM

I find that my concentration/intensity increases during long tough matches. During changeovers, I try to focus on what patterns have been successful for me and how I can execute them in the upcoming games.

asusundevils1971 01-20-2013 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by dlam (Post 7141747)
I been finding its very difficult for me to concentrate on my match and take mental breaks as much as possible during change over
What is the longest you stayed mentally in a match and what kind of techniques do you use to stay focused?

The longest match I have played was in a tournament last March. It was four hours long and I won it 7-6 6-7 7-6. The problem was, I had to play the final just under a hour later. During the match try and keep the same schedule between points and don't let the last point get into your head good or bad. Don't get too high when you hit a great shot and also don't get down when you may miss an easy shot. When you start thinking, that is when you will start losing!!!. On changeovers, put the racquet down grab your towel and drink and relax for that minute. Slow down your breathing and try and stay on your schedule that you use. Also if you have friends, girlfriends and family members watching, don't look at them during the match and just focus on playing your opponent. I hope this will help.

dode 01-20-2013 04:35 PM

My longest match (since I started playing again anyway) was at USTA Nationals last year. We played for so long that they started the banquet dinner without us! It was about 3 hours and 20 minutes and we won in a 3rd set tiebreaker.

John

mikeler 01-20-2013 05:05 PM

I had a local 4.5 league years ago that had 16 players in it. The winner of each group of 8 played in a final. I won my half and played a 3.5 hour match where I lost 6-4 in the 3rd set. My opponent won a $150 gift certificate and I got a $50. It was the largest prize I had ever played for. :)

It was worth it though because I found another good person to play and we became good friends. Our boys are the same age so maybe they will be battling on the court soon. His son is way more into tennis than mine though.

Tammo 01-20-2013 09:14 PM

Probably 2 1/2 hours 6-4 6-4 beat my brother two year older. Pro the toughest match I've everp played

gregor.b 01-20-2013 10:01 PM

3 1/2 hours in a second round. Lost 7-6 in the third. Then the guy had to play the second seeded who was ranked top 50 in Australia with a 15 minute break. Ouch! Relaxing at changes was real important to help re-focus during the match.

Also, focusing on really stroking through the ball, not just smacking the crap out of it.

mmk 01-21-2013 02:37 AM

My longest was only 3 hours, but my opponent retired after the last game, which lasted 45 minutes.

mxmx 01-21-2013 04:23 AM

3 hours more or less...but continuous tennis matches on that same day of around 7-8 hours with minor breaks inbetween - one gets to a point where its beyond tired and you almost don't feel it anymore.

Alchemy-Z 01-21-2013 06:40 AM

Single Match

4 hours 12 minutes at a tournament on clay (semifinal) win

7-6 (11-9) / 6-7 (7-4) / 19-17 3rd set tie break

had finals at 9:00am the next morning showed up and got stomped 6-3 6-3...thought my legs were going to fall off.
all I had was a serve left.


in a day around 8 hours had 3 matches Mens singles quarter final/ Mens doubles semi final / mens singles semi final.

cknobman 01-21-2013 06:41 AM

3 hours 50 minutes

3 set match lost 4-6,7-5,6-7

Mongolmike 01-21-2013 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by mxmx (Post 7143502)
3 hours more or less...but continuous tennis matches on that same day of around 7-8 hours with minor breaks inbetween - one gets to a point where its beyond tired and you almost don't feel it anymore.

Same here. Not sure of my longest individual match, but in the final day of a singles and doubles draw of a tourney... the day started at 8am with a doubles match, played through the day in both the singles and doubles draw, and the finals singles match started at 5pm. At that point I'd say my body/game was only around 60%... I was afraid to even run hard for fear that I would tear some muscle somewhere. It was a battle of the mind.

After the match I said to a friend, "You know, if this was just a regular day of friendly tennis, I woulda quit playing 7 or 8 hours ago."

tdhawks 01-21-2013 10:48 AM

This past summer in the 90 degree heat, semi-finals of a USTA tournament. Lost 6-7 (11-9), 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (16-14), 3h 30 minutes. It was terrible.

Govnor 01-21-2013 11:54 AM

about 2.5 hours against a pure no holds barred pusher. It was laughable and I very nearly lost (he had a match point). I vowed that would never happen again, I haven't played anyone near this guys level of pushing since, but when I do, it's going to be drop shot + lob x infinity.

I think it was good for my mental game though, I became a stronger player in many ways that day.

Larrysümmers 01-21-2013 12:03 PM

i dont play usta matches, but i lost a really long 5 set match that was about 4 hours. the longest i went in HS was 2+ hr 3 set match in the first round of a tournament, i lost.

goober 01-21-2013 01:37 PM

4 hours 10 minutes. lost in semis of a tourney 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (13-11). Played a backboard of a player and I couldn't win playing aggressive so I played the same game and almost won.

robert 01-21-2013 04:07 PM

Longest is 5 hours 10 mins for 2 sets with 4-6,6-7.
Got 3 hours matchs two three times a year.


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