Forgot how to play tennis - what to do?

KluddKalle

Semi-Pro
So I've been on a real slump these past two months. Was on a roll this winter not loosing a single match between December and February in my league (about 9-10 wins in a row I believe). But now it's the complete opposite, can't seem to win matches no matter what I do. It feels like I forgot how to play...

I'm not outplayed, at all. When I almost am that's when I start playing my best. I serve pretty good and get most returns in play. Most matches have been really tight except for one or two and in those I really can't explain what happened. All the games went to deuce or at least 30-30 but somehow I lost big. I don't win the key points I guess...

How do go about turning this around? Do I "reset" my mind or my game? My confidence is really starting to disappear and I'm simply not having fun.

Any tips and suggestion are much appreciated!

I'm about a 4,5 (we don't have that kind of system in Sweden so I'm basing this of a lot of videos I've watched on YouTube). I play in the fourth division (out of 9) in our league. On a good day I fit right in in the third. One and two are mostly players who have competed on a high level their whole lives.
 

donquijote

G.O.A.T.
Play with better players that will shake you up. Sometimes winning doesn't matter much when you play with people you think you can beat easily. No motivation to achieve.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Everyone get's funk periods.
Different cures for different people.
Some take time off, if burnout from too much competitive tennis is the problem.
Some practice up (with better opponents), and also practice down (to get the feel of winning again).
Some just hit harder in practice, so match play is more controlled.
Some decide to forgoe winning or losing, trying to hit the best they can, score by darned.
Some push.
Plenty of options.
 

NE1for10is?

Semi-Pro
Play with some players you know you can beat, but who you enjoy playing with, for a while. After you get some confidence back play with some players that it could go either way. After you get some wins you'll start to feel it again and start to remember what works for you.
 

LuckyR

Legend
So I've been on a real slump these past two months. Was on a roll this winter not loosing a single match between December and February in my league (about 9-10 wins in a row I believe). But now it's the complete opposite, can't seem to win matches no matter what I do. It feels like I forgot how to play...

I'm not outplayed, at all. When I almost am that's when I start playing my best. I serve pretty good and get most returns in play. Most matches have been really tight except for one or two and in those I really can't explain what happened. All the games went to deuce or at least 30-30 but somehow I lost big. I don't win the key points I guess...

How do go about turning this around? Do I "reset" my mind or my game? My confidence is really starting to disappear and I'm simply not having fun.

Any tips and suggestion are much appreciated!

I'm about a 4,5 (we don't have that kind of system in Sweden so I'm basing this of a lot of videos I've watched on YouTube). I play in the fourth division (out of 9) in our league. On a good day I fit right in in the third. One and two are mostly players who have competed on a high level their whole lives.
Look up: regression to the mean.
 

Flatballs

Banned
So I've been on a real slump these past two months. Was on a roll this winter not loosing a single match between December and February in my league (about 9-10 wins in a row I believe). But now it's the complete opposite, can't seem to win matches no matter what I do. It feels like I forgot how to play...

I'm not outplayed, at all. When I almost am that's when I start playing my best. I serve pretty good and get most returns in play. Most matches have been really tight except for one or two and in those I really can't explain what happened. All the games went to deuce or at least 30-30 but somehow I lost big. I don't win the key points I guess...

How do go about turning this around? Do I "reset" my mind or my game? My confidence is really starting to disappear and I'm simply not having fun.

Any tips and suggestion are much appreciated!

I'm about a 4,5 (we don't have that kind of system in Sweden so I'm basing this of a lot of videos I've watched on YouTube). I play in the fourth division (out of 9) in our league. On a good day I fit right in in the third. One and two are mostly players who have competed on a high level their whole lives.
Trust your subconscious. Your brain knows how to play. You might be inhibiting your ability by clouding it with a focus on technical aspects and outcome orientated emotions.

Learn to clear your mind, just focus on the ball and play.

And hit the court and get practicing.

Read - "The Inner Game of Tennis"
 

Bendex

Professional
Here's a strategy that can help players in a slump....

So this involves 'centering the ball'. Usually a player hits the ball back to the center of the opponents court when they are in a defensive position. If you're having a bad day, hit your defensive and your neutral balls back near the center. You will limit your mistakes, and won't give your opponent angles to work with. It will also help you relax, as you won't be running around like a chicken trying to cover the open spaces.

Wait until you're in an offensive position before you start hitting angles. But if you're having a really bad day, you can center the offensive balls, too.
 
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