I lost 6-2. 6-1. The 3.0 league was merged with another league since very few people signed up for this session. So.... of the players that I was able to look up, all are 3.5 and 1 is a 4.0 who finished 2nd in his 4.0 league. The guy I played tonight had signed up for the 3.5 league and while he was clearly the more experienced and better player it should have been closer. I won the first 2 games and I was playing well, to my surprise because I was pretty nervous. Still, I was focused and moving well. After that, I just mentally checked out. I dropped the next 6 games in a row to lose the set. I wasn't moving well, I hit a lot of unforced errors and had no focus. For example, my opponent was having a very hard time getting his first serve in. Probably lower than 20%, maybe even lower than 10%. His 2nd serves were blooped over the net to ensure they went in. No pace, but it worked and they did. I don't think he double faulted more than twice the whole match. BUT... for some reason, I was zoning out and I didn't move in for his second serve most of the time. Which had me running to hit a shot that was very defensive and easy to return. There were a few times that it may have had a little to do with the amount of time between first and 2nd serve (he was aiming wide for his first serve every time and sometimes that meant the ball went on to the next court and had to be recovered). Still, my fault for forgetting that it wasn't his first serve. Another thing I was guilty of was deciding what kind of shot I was going to hit before his serve was tossed. I kept going for the topspin 1 handed backhand over and over even though it wasn't working. DUMB! That's a shot that only works for me when the ball is up at chest height or in my strike zone... I can't explain why I did this but it was like a scene from Tin Cup where Kevin Costner just keeps trying to hit the ball over the lake without laying up even thought it keeps failing. Even when I did move in my shots weren't very aggressive. For the most part he was keeping the ball in play so I guess I decided to follow suit. He did hit some nice shots too, not trying to take anything away from him but for the most part he let me beat myself. My ground strokes were just... very weak. Another huge problem was that I was not reacting to the ball coming off his racquet. I did well with this in the 1st two games but after that. I don't know what was up with me (not that this behavior is that abnormal). I was watching him drop shot me and not reacting and my movement was slow and lazy. On a positive note I did serve well, which is something that I have really struggled with the last 2 or 3 times I played (my god it was horrible), But to his credit he got a good number of my serves back and since I was not putting balls away that was enough to break my serve. Ultimately, there were a lot of things that I could have and should have done better. I flat out lost a few games just by being mentally missing in action. Would that have changed the outcome? Probably not. He was a better player. Anyway, this reinforces what I already knew. I need to move better. Have more concentration. Get ready after every shot and find a happy medium between too tight and too aggressive. With all the errors I hit tonight I would have lost nothing by playing more aggressive. To sum up: it was a good experience, I had a good time and I learned a lot. I think I played better than what the score indicates but there were a bunch of games where I was just not in it. Next time will be better (even though my next opponent is the 4.0 dude who came in 2nd in his 4.0 league. I will play better.