In fairness, the only challenge that a fully developed player would have in beating MEP is executing over a long match. He gives you so many balls that let you dictate the rally. Make him hit on the run with accurate groundstrokes, move in, collect your volley/overhead. That’s literally the entire game plan. The kid some “extra” stuff you don’t even need to do like hitting amazing dropshot winners. To MEPs credit, he can still beat good players by defending well enough that he tests your endurance/execution/patience.MEP exposed!
He's the only person I've ever played who had to reach up to hit my drop shots
I did notice how well he consistently got under the ball.
I’ve been thinking about this since you told me the other day ( getting under the ball ).
Im not sure if you can get a topspin pro where you live but they are cheap and can help you get the feel for it. Also bending the knees is never a bad option either.I’ve been thinking about this since you told me the other day ( getting under the ball ).
I’ve come to the sad conclusion that I’ll probably never be relaxed enough to drop the racket well below the ball always. I thought as a second option I might try focusing on bending the knees more when I’m about to hit. Seems to work pretty well.
Not by way of excuse, but the results bear me out. I consistently do not play as well at the venue where I played this match as I do at other places. This is probably the place where I have the worst W-L record of anywhere in Atl that I've played at least three matches. I'm not sure why that's the case, but it tends to be consistently windy there, with a lot of noise and activity around you when you're playing. It's also on the roof of a parking deck- so come to think of it, maybe I just don't play as well at higher elevationsI watched this the other day and I really don't think Ben played as well as he normally does, but then I don't think the kid was going all out either.
Losing to a junior is no big deal and moreover you can adopt a fatherly attitude and joke about it and give him some tip like hitting with more topspin.Hats off to Ben for keeping himself out there and enjoying/playing tennis. Most players would not even play against a young Junior like that, just for fear of the stigma of losing
The only higher elevation you had problems with was that of the kid’s skill level.Not by way of excuse, but the results bear me out. I consistently do not play as well at the venue where I played this match as I do at other places. This is probably the place where I have the worst W-L record of anywhere in Atl that I've played at least three matches. I'm not sure why that's the case, but it tends to be consistently windy there, with a lot of noise and activity around you when you're playing. It's also on the roof of a parking deck- so come to think of it, maybe I just don't play as well at higher elevations
One great young man I have had the pleasure of hitting with often in the past is Kai Mills. Hell, at like 7 he was hitting with us and around 10+ could beat a lot of guys. I think he is currently like a UTR 11+ and a 5 star. Crazy good and young legs for days!We have a 14-year old kid at our club who is a 4-star recruit with UTR above 9 and he is 6’1” tall. I played him when he was 12 and he was about my NTRP 4.5 level, but he keeps growing taller and improving so fast that he is clearly above the level of almost all adults at my club now.
That is GSG's greatest quality. He just shows it as it is. No excuses and no personal attacks.Props to MEP/GSG as well. Many rec players, the Becks with the good fh, who talk more than they play, will not only shy away from these types of matches but will definitely not want it taped for the world to criticize them.
He has unorthodox strokes and immense stamina which are enough to defeat most rec players (proved by USTA results). So it is not a joke. What is a joke is that rec players are truly that bad. Throw in a slow no-spin ball to a place which they normally don't expect and their technique collapses altogether.
No joke. He's a good player relative to the vast majority of adult rec players. MEP puts himself out there and the videos of his matches are out there for anybody to see. I have a feeling the nationally ranked 12 year old received a bit of pre-match coaching to crash the net. To his credit, he had the skills to implement that plan. Most adult rec players do not.
I mean I thought he would be way better. Just surprised, that's all.What do you mean? He isn't an academy, juniors program, college funded pedigree, but he wins often enough against whatever 4.5 players are in front of him to have earned and kept his 4.5 rating.
If you're judging him based on this one match, then okay, he doesn't look all that great. What you have to realize is that as an internet tennis celebrity, his matches have been watched and dissected. He's seen as the archetypal "pusher" and Essential Tennis did an entire video series about him. Because of that, everybody that now plays against him knows his vulnerabilities. For a nationally ranked junior with a well-rounded skillset, that's like being given cheat codes. I'm pretty sure the kid would also have beaten Ben from the baseline, but I think it would have looked a lot more competitive.I mean I thought he would be way better. Just surprised, that's all.
How old is he?