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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    Guy I played in the semis apparently ended up winning the title! I was two points away from taking the second set and getting it to a match tiebreak. Darn!
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    Lost my semifinal match 6-2, 7-6(6). My legs were gone after yesterday, but credit to him for winning the match. He served for the match in the second set and choked from 6-3 to 6-6 in the tiebreak, I just didn't have it in me today in the heat, but I think it was a successful tournament!
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    Won my quarterfinal match 7-6(2), 7-5. The match was around 2 hours and 15 minutes long for two sets. One of the most physical tennis matches I have ever played. An absolute battle.
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    How to find tennis buddy in BATON ROUGE?

    I'm also in New Orleans if either of y'all want to play.
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    Won my round of 16 match 6-2, 6-1. I was very consistent and hit winners when I had to. Glad I got at least one win!
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    I play later today in the 4.0 division! It could be a humbling experience for me, but hopefully I will just go out there, do my best, and try to have some fun!
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    Most humbling USTA experiences?

    A couple times. The first time I played Flex League, I thought I was much better than I was. I remember in the first set charging the net from a ridiculous position and easily getting passed, thinking to myself, "Oh ****". I got blown out in the first set and ultimately lost the match in...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    Thought of this thread yesterday after a match against someone I've played a few times, who started pushing towards the beginning of the second set. I just decided I was going to stay consistent and get the ball deep, attacking if I knew for sure it was the right opportunity. So, we would play...
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    For sure. At my best, I know that I can compete at a 4.5 level, but if there are going to be a bunch of almost exclusively 5.0-6.0 players, the entry fee is too big to justify it. I'm headed to a different city soon, and will look into tournaments at my new destination when I get there.
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    Agreed. Not worth spending the money on. I think I'm going to stick with the 4.0.
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    I've decided I'm probably just going to do 4.0. Open looks way too tough for me right now.
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    It's a tournament for charity. The open tournament (with prize money) is through UTR and you can see that through a link on the tournament page. I figure I would probably lose my first match badly anyways for the open tournament, but I would like to see how my game and level is against very good...
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    Can You Play 4.0 and Open At a Tournament ?

    I am looking to play what seems to be a joint USTA and UTR tournament in a couple weeks. It seems like USTA is governing the NTRP division and UTR is governing the Open division. I've never played a tournament before and so I don't know exactly how it works. I would love to play both the 4.0...
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    Flex matches

    This is my fourth summer doing it. Did 4.5 the first year and 4.0 the past three. It really just depends on the people in it. There's guys in the leagues I've played where trying to get a match scheduled was like trying to crack Morse Code. There's also been people who are very willing to play...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    Yeah, having seen a bunch of moonballs come my way in the past, and having dished them out to others, I don't think trying wack them on the rise is the best idea, especially on clay. I say not on clay because the bounce on clay is more unpredictable, and because of the precision needed to hit a...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    I also think that bunting the ball back in the air from the baseline, as has been mentioned previously in this thread, is also a really good strategy. You would be surprised how just taking away that little bit of time affects the person moonballing. It can throw the person moonballing slightly...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    Absolutely. I think, for a 4.0 (myself included!), it's not super smart to try to blast overheads from further back in the court for winners, because we (generally) aren't good enough to have that level of precision and power consistently. I totally agree that hitting an overhead at 75%...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    I think that people really underestimate the difficult of slamming an overhead winner from the baseline. Players like Federer make it look easy, but at the 4.0 level, it's just not common at all for players to be able to blast a winner from an overhead around the baseline. Yes, it's not uncommon...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    I think there is a big difference between moonballs because that's one of the only shots you have versus moonballs as a tactical strategy. It seems like you're describing someone who is using the moonball because they don't have much else. If I'm losing the point every time, then I'm not...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    Yep, it also depends how good your moonballs are. If I know after 5 moonballs each you are going to drop one short that I can drop shot or an angled forehand or backhand, then I will do that. In that scenario, I do't think we would have 10 moonballs in a row, because one of us would hit a...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    Yep. If I'm playing someone who I can out-grind from the baseline with moonballs, I'd rather hit those than go for higher-risk shots. I view tennis as a way to exercise anyways, so I don't mind grinding out a long match if my strategy is working.
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    That's a little tougher to deal with, but I figure I am in better shape than my opponent, so, generally, I will just get in a moonball battle with the person and try to wait till they miss/get them impatient. If that doesn't work, then I will just move to a different strategy because my...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    Also, I hear a lot of people saying that players should be able to overhead moonballs from the baseline, and well, it isn't that simple. I'm very quick around the court, so unless you're smashing it with high velocity near the lines, because the smash is coming from the baseline and players...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    I am a 4.0 and I will launch up a bunch of moonballs myself, sometimes. It's not that this is the only shot I can hit, but if I want to win and I see my opponent not handling moonballs well, then you better believe I'm going to be launching up some moonballs into the stars to try to befuddle my...
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    Third set mindset

    I remember last year during Flex League I was up a set and 4-3 (40-0). I was broken in that game and then my opponent held serve and then broke me for the set and we were into a third set match tiebreak. That was really tough to swallow because I had been in total control and because it was a...
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    4.0 still full of pushers

    Most 4.0 I've played have serves that are far from deceleration dink serves. In fact, my serve is much more of a dink than almost everyone I play against. But, having a dink serve doesn't make you a pusher. A pusher might have a dink serve, but someone with a dink serve might not be a pusher.
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    4.0 still full of pushers

    The problem with your argument is that most 4.0's don't dink their serve in. They just aren't trying to hit the serve as hard because they know if you hit the serve as hard as you can, in most cases you will miss.
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    4.0 still full of pushers

    So, if someone is hitting a serve at three-quarters speed that makes them a pusher? What an absolutely ridiculous statement.
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    4.0 still full of pushers

    I didn't want to make assumptions, but it definitely hasn't reflected my experiences. I will say that some of the guys who I think are clearly at the 3.5 level do tend to whack the ball and try to hit big serves. But, not all players at that level play that way, I think. However, at the 4.0...
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    4.0 still full of pushers

    Personally, I haven't ever played competitively at the 3.5 level (only started playing USTA when I was above the 3.5 level), but from what I've seen against 4.0 players, I have not witnessed this trend. Personally, I have found that my serving is more "dink-like" than anyone else I can think of...
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