How to get a game from...?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by shojun25, May 7, 2007.

  1. shojun25

    shojun25 Professional

    Dec 28, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Sorry if I posted this on the wrong section because I was also thinking of posting this on the Junior League talk section, but here goes...

    I have an upcoming tournament before my AP test and finals; it's a tournament between our league/s. Also, this is going to be the first tournament I'm joining. Most likely, I will be playing one of the first 4 seeds in our area *gulp*. Our varsity team is 4th out of 8 teams, so you can say that we are exeptional. We are playing next week (Monday) and I barely have any time to practice because of AP testings, studying for the test, and finals. My question is: how can I, atleast, get a game or two, or maybe win, from these crazy players?

    Tennis background info. about me:
    -I am a lefty which will probably be a big advantage; sophomore; #2 singles
    -I am an agressive baseliner
    -I have consistent first and second serves; they are medium-fast paced for high school level tennis
    -I have stable groundstrokes and a powerful backhand; I can generate a medium paced ball with exeptional amount of topspin
    -I like, I mean I really like, to kill easy shots; I am tempted to :grin:
    -I have great lobs, average volleys, and consistent smashes
    -My weakest part of my game: consistency

    1st seed:
    -sophomore; crazy nice; undefeated
    -he is great with ball placement and control
    -he has medium-fast paced serves for high school level tennis
    -again, he is great with placing the ball anywhere on the court
    -I believe that he is an all court player

    2nd seed:
    -senior; really tall; lost 2 games throughout the season (from 1st seed)
    -he plays net a lot; he can hit flat balls pretty consistently; he can also generate a lot of topspin when he wants to; crazy fast serves
    -IMO he is better than 1st seed

    3rd seed:
    -senior; tall; same team with the 1st seed
    -fast paced serves, high kick, very consistent
    -agressive baseliner and a serve-and-volley player

    4th seed:
    -don't know who it's going to be; I'm guessing that it's my captain (#1 singles)

    Any help? Sorry about the long post. Again, I just want to know how I can a couple of games from these guys. Thanks a bunch.
  2. zapvor

    zapvor G.O.A.T.

    Jul 27, 2006
    tennis courts
    if you are already giving up, how are you going to win? your question should be, should i let them lose 0-6 or give them a few games.
  3. Koaske

    Koaske Rookie

    Jul 21, 2005
    Try to be relaxed (easier said than done) and play your own game to see if it works. You might want to look for any weaknesses, even small weaknesses that these guys might have and exploit them as well as you can. That might be problematic though if your strengths don't match well with their weaknesses.

    Against those net-rushers you need to make them hit the volley so you need to get your passing shot in. You don't have to hit every passing shot as hard as you can. Try to place them well and keep them low and also think of the passing shot as a 2-shot sequence: The first shot is for getting the net player out of position and the second shot is the actual pass.

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