Just came back from my usual league sessions at my local club and i'm feeling so mad, I just feel like calling it quits and hanging the racquet. I've been taking private lessons this past couple of weeks because I want to address weakness in my games and take it to the next level (i'm 4.5). While i've noticed improvements in the aspects of my game I was working on, i'm still getting burned by grinders. I played 3 matches today (we play 3 matches, 40 minutes each) and the first 2, I was playing people that I consider to be at my play level but that don't have any "big shots". I was hammering my serve/forehand and hitting my 1 handed backhand the best i've hit it in my entire life. I had some great angles, but that didn't prevent me from getting burned 6-1. Even the club's pro was watching my game and he thought I was serving great, that even he wouldn't of done the return, but the grinder just kept putting everything in play. Similar story in the 2nd match, lost 6-4. 3rd match was against some guy that's a 5.0, needless to say I got burned 9-0. I hit a total of 4 aces in my 3 matches, which is about my usual average. While I didn't expect to beat him, I once got a 6-3 out of him. Thing is, I feel I've improved a lot in the past couple of weeks, and it's not like i'm playing bad, yet I always loose badly when I attend that league. In the last weeks of attending, I have a 5-21 record which is awful and it's gotten to me mentally, I just feel like breaking my frame and selling all my gear and quitting. The pro and my 3rd opponent think i'm nut, they say I have way over average power and a good baseline based offensive game that maybe needs to be slowed down a bit and tuned, and that I need to finish my points better, my net game lacks. But then again, that's why i'm taking lessons (worked on my net game yesterday), I feel I've improved, yet I have no result in terms of Win-Loss. For sure my game could always be better, that's the case for all of us, but when you get the feeling you played pretty good and you get burned, it's very tough to take mentally. My confidence level is at an all time low now and i'm not sure i'll get through this. It's not like i've lost matches before or had some tough loss in my 15 years of playing, believe me I did, but it never made me doubt my ability as a tennis player, and I always felt like I would get over this. This time I don't feel like I can do anything to shake this up, feels very different.