So i've been playing lot of tournaments this year as our team is going nationals and our coach suggested playing lot of tournaments to prepare in oct. Been playing doubles and singles and although doubles i've had some sucess (went to finals twice and won finals once), singles i've been ousted early rounds and only reached semifinals (i'm a singles player so it stings more). Since i'm more concerned about my singles match and kind of ruining my confidence here for nationals I've read in tennis magazine that if you lose your confidence in a tough match, you should play someone you know you can beat easily.. (of course it kind of feels bad that im using someone else to uplift myself but i've been used a pawn before so i'm over it).. and other thing is i read that pros back in the day like john newcombe used to go drink beer with his pals if he had tough loss.. but i don't drink beer, drugs, party. so i guess thats out of the picture. (maybe i need a lady friend). Anyhow, I know it's just a recreation tournament but all you tennis players know how brutal this game is when competition heats up... so what should i do to cope with the loss?? rundown in my 4.0 semifinals... so basically i got bageled first set.. and i was thinking to much, got nervous, and tried changing game plans as nothing was breaking this guys fh... Second set.. i started making mistake again was down 2-0 but for some reason.. i didn't want to get bageled again and few people started watching our match..and i just started acting like i was a pro or some hot shot.. and got more aggressive and added pressure to the opponent... then loss 6-4 after thoughts of the score entered my mind.. it's funny that when i focus on the ball and performance i do well. .but the score creeps up and i tighten up just like that... nevertheless it was a good experience but can't seem to shut up my brain and move on..(its been only a day and actually im over it.. Tennis is a humbling sport.