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  1. S&V-not_dead_yet

    I have a theory

    Breathing exercises, however, are addressing the symptom rather than the underlying cause. That's not to say that they can't be effective. But even better is getting at the root cause: nerves, pressure, tension, etc. And eliminating or suppressing them is probably not the answer; I have to...
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    I have a theory

    I don't think it's a black and white issue that the idea only benefits advanced players and is completely inapplicable to non-advanced players. Everyone exists on a continuum and non-advanced players might very well benefit from loosening up.
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    Best route to competitive play?

    What you describe as "all over the place" might also be described as "offering many choices". Remember, USTA is trying to maximize league revenue and what's the most obvious way to do that? I wasn't aware that 40+ and MXDs were "weird" [I play both]. And why wouldn't they help your...
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    Battle in The ATL - MEP vs Travler Match Thread

    Passing shots in doubles are fairly rare since there are two at the net. More points are won by placing it well and making them hit up or pressuring them into making an error.
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    Battle in The ATL - MEP vs Travler Match Thread

    If he can keep everything low and mix in the lobs, then he'd be a tough opponent. Of course, you could say the same thing about any opponent. I'm wondering if the opposing net team could afford to play a bit further back to cover the lob because he wouldn't be hitting TS dippers [the main...
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    who would have thought we'd be admiring 4.5 tennis that looked like this in 2021

    I want a rematch. :D Johns: "How does it look?" Riddick: "It looks clear." Johns moves forward and is almost run down by an alien. Johns: "I thought you said it was clear!" Riddick: "I said 'it looks clear'." Johns: [angry] "Well how does it look now?" Riddick: [deadpan] "It...
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    Which is the more difficult shot overhead or slice?

    Didn't you ask the same question in a previous post? Ask yourself this question: when you watch rec players, which shot more often results in the hitter of the shot losing the point?
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    What kind of player is GSG (MEP)?

    He also hit quite a few very good drop shots that had Trav scrambling.
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    what were the things that helped you the most for getting good at tennis?

    Odd: the puzzle stated "White to move" but it was Black's move.
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    First UTR tournament - totally called it

    Ask the TD; maybe there's a middle path. For example, are there any "staggered entry" draws where you start playing a certain round based on your UTR [ie the higher your UTR, the later in the draw you start playing]? FWIW, I think you did the right thing by not letting up. If you had, your...
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    Battle in The ATL - MEP vs Travler Match Thread

    While I have seen that style succeed at 4.5 in singles, I've never seen it work in doubles unless the attacking team couldn't hit consistent OHs or the sun was a big factor. Even then, the style didn't win but it did prolong the match.
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    Battle in The ATL - MEP vs Travler Match Thread

    Ouch! Better start working on your "war story" for the stitches: "Oh this little thing? No big deal, I was wrestling an alligator while surfing a 100' wave during a total eclipse."
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    Battle in The ATL - MEP vs Travler Match Thread

    Then use the bear analogy: "When fleeing a bear, I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you."
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    who would have thought we'd be admiring 4.5 tennis that looked like this in 2021

    I don't think it exists unless @mad dog1 filmed it and didn't tell anyone.
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    The Flintstones
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    white whale
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    Seniors lounge (over 50) come on in.

    Who is "Miss Ery" and what does she have to do with anything?
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    who would have thought we'd be admiring 4.5 tennis that looked like this in 2021

    You wrote "Their groundstrokes won't hold up against good players" so whether it's a relative term or not, what is your definition of "good"?
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    who would have thought we'd be admiring 4.5 tennis that looked like this in 2021

    Some have posted that emphasis on matchups is overblown. All I know is that my net game is about a level above my ground game and I ain't beating either of these guys from the BL.
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    who would have thought we'd be admiring 4.5 tennis that looked like this in 2021

    I actually played Jonas and barely scraped by. I also played @MaxTennis and lost 1&5, if memory serves [how I managed to get up 4-0 is beyond me; maybe he was digesting his lunch]. And I highly doubt I would steamroll either @travlerajm or @GSG even though I think I have the ideal skill set...
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    who would have thought we'd be admiring 4.5 tennis that looked like this in 2021

    It looked like the sun was brutal, which is why @travlerajm altered his serve on the far side. I'd imagine OHs would be very difficult.
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    who would have thought we'd be admiring 4.5 tennis that looked like this in 2021

    A winning record at 4.5 is not against good enough opposition? If your definition of "good" is >= 5.0, then I could make the same statement about practically everyone on this list [myself included]. You're setting the bar extremely high. If you had a winning record at 4.5, how motivated...
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    What you using/works the best

    There's an app for the iPhone called iSuck, which will point out all of your flaws in glorious 4K resolution and auto-debit your account for every error, failure to pat the dog, and anything resembling a WTA FH.
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    Battle in The ATL - MEP vs Travler Match Thread

    Now that is "old guy tennis".
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