Match play video (Papa Mango v. Chaelaz)

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Only had the opportunity for one meet-up while in California, but was a prefect time away from family. @Papa Mango was kind enough to find us a court over in Woodlands and we both had a bit of drive to get together. It was later morning and temps were either "only" or "already" in the 80's, depending on if you think 80's is hot. Warm-up was a great casual time and we got to talk quite a bit, then decided to play out a match. Of course, as we got started Papa Mango reminded me we needed to record for TT board comment fodder. So without further ado or any comments to start, here is some video of match points and ending with some hitting after.

Score was Papa Mango for the beat down win at 6/0, 6/3.



I would like to again thank Papa Mango for coordinating and the meet-up. And also for the great convo and follow-up snacks and drinks. Was great to get out and hit, and a wonder chillaxin' time in the shade after.

So...as usual, all comments, concerns, trolling, and general mayhem welcome.
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
Only had the opportunity for one meet-up while in California, but was a prefect time away from family. @Papa Mango was kind enough to find us a court over in Woodlands and we both had a bit of drive to get together. It was later morning and temps were either "only" or "already" in the 80's, depending on if you think 80's is hot. Warm-up was a great casual time and we got to talk quite a bit, then decided to play out a match. Of course, as we got started Papa Mango reminded me we needed to record for TT board comment fodder. So without further ado or any comments to start, here is some video of match points and ending with some hitting after.

Score was Papa Mango for the beat down win at 6/0, 6/3.



I would like to again thank Papa Mango for coordinating and the meet-up. And also for the great convo and follow-up snacks and drinks. Was great to get out and hit, and a wonder chillaxin' time in the shade after.

So...as usual, all comments, concerns, trolling, and general mayhem welcome.
Pleasure was all mine, Like I said I only do it for the beers!
I'll go and put on my PPE now :cool:
 

ptuanminh

Hall of Fame
Only had the opportunity for one meet-up while in California, but was a prefect time away from family. @Papa Mango was kind enough to find us a court over in Woodlands and we both had a bit of drive to get together. It was later morning and temps were either "only" or "already" in the 80's, depending on if you think 80's is hot. Warm-up was a great casual time and we got to talk quite a bit, then decided to play out a match. Of course, as we got started Papa Mango reminded me we needed to record for TT board comment fodder. So without further ado or any comments to start, here is some video of match points and ending with some hitting after.

Score was Papa Mango for the beat down win at 6/0, 6/3.



I would like to again thank Papa Mango for coordinating and the meet-up. And also for the great convo and follow-up snacks and drinks. Was great to get out and hit, and a wonder chillaxin' time in the shade after.

So...as usual, all comments, concerns, trolling, and general mayhem welcome.
Great play. Your serve and FH can cause quite some damage. But it seems Papa Mango is not going to let you have your way :) .
Where in CA is this?
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Great play. Your serve and FH can cause quite some damage. But it seems Papa Mango is not going to let you have your way :) .
Where in CA is this?

He was the epitome of consistency and "one more ball back". Smart player for sure.

This was in Woodlands right down town somewhere. They heard we were coming for a TT grudge match and gave us new nets even. Okay, they were replacing nets when I got there at least. Court surface was pretty good. Had one weird low bounce ball, but everything else was good. Little tight on the fence side as you might notice.
 
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sureshs

Bionic Poster
Papa Mango was always known as a solid player around here. LeeD once explained why he goes by that name but I have forgotten.
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
Funny how slow Papa looks.
He made 4.5 last year, so that's deceiving.
What do you mean looks? Guhdammit.. I am slow.
He was the epitome of consistency and "one more ball back". Smart player for sure.

This was in Woodlands right down town somewhere. They heard we were coming for a TT grudge match and gave us new nets even. Okay, they were replacing nets when I got there at least. Court surface was pretty good. Had one weird low bounce ball, but everything else was good. Little tight on the fence side as you might notice.
Did you just call me a pusher? I used to be a 3.5 spazz but then I grew up and became a 4.0 pusher.
Correct Woodland, CA a little north west of Sacramento. The courts were pretty nice considering.
Not sure if it got captured on video but the church bells ringing every 15 minutes was a nice touch IMHO.

Papa Mango was always known as a solid player around here. LeeD once explained why he goes by that name but I have forgotten.
Coz the damn kid loves mangoes..... a lot!
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
great to see some real life tennis action from TT guys !!

Thanks. It was nice just to actually play a match! Like probably everyone, I hadn't had a match, or even served/returned a serve in months, and that was only my 4th match this whole year.
 

ChrisG

Professional
I can imagine ! Right now indoor tennis is not allowed in France (Paris), and I'm so happy to play under windy rainy outdoor conditions tomorrow. In a normal year I would have never even considered playing tennis outdoor late October haha.
It's been quite frustrating for sure these lasts months.
 

Curious

Legend
Who was saying that you need to swing up at the ball on the serve?
ChaelAz is hitting them down into the box nicely as if he’s Isner! (y)
 

Keendog

Professional
Good vid thanks guuys for the upload I really enjoyed it.

Seems like you were tentative to go for your forehand early Chael. Given you lost the first set to love the lesson here is to just go for it early and get those feet moving. Hitting out isn't ideal of course but the result was the same 'just getting it in' anyway. I'd also work on that serve+1, whatever you want to do with that first shot when the return is a little short, really drill it.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Good vid thanks guuys for the upload I really enjoyed it.

Seems like you were tentative to go for your forehand early Chael. Given you lost the first set to love the lesson here is to just go for it early and get those feet moving. Hitting out isn't ideal of course but the result was the same 'just getting it in' anyway. I'd also work on that serve+1, whatever you want to do with that first shot when the return is a little short, really drill it.
Thanks and good call. Papa Mango mentioned I looked tentative too. Definitely in strokes, but to me more so in footwork and setup. Was thinking WAY too much about that since I had really worked on it. Much more match play needed this fall and winter. Cheers!
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Nice playing guys! I played two league matches on that exact court last spring. It's a strangely low bouncing court (at least in the chilly morning).

Wish I knew you were so close, I'm 10-12 miles south.

edit: missed your your thread in the travel section, d'oh.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Nice playing guys! I played two league matches on that exact court last spring. It's a strangely low bouncing court (at least in the chilly morning).

Wish I knew you were so close, I'm 10-12 miles south.

edit: missed your your thread in the travel section, d'oh.

Ahhhh, bummer! Will be to that area again for sure so will keep ya on the list.

For us I didn't notice much issue with bounce. There is one point in the video I moved to hit an inside-out forehand, lined up, and the ball just died. Though it may have been a weird court bounce, it could be just lining up issues with me too. :)
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
Thanks and good call. Papa Mango mentioned I looked tentative too. Definitely in strokes, but to me more so in footwork and setup. Was thinking WAY too much about that since I had really worked on it. Much more match play needed this fall and winter. Cheers!
Yup from the other side of the court, it looked like you weren't sure what you wanted to do with the ball sometimes. You have the strokes, as evident in the rallying so I would suggest just focus on hitting deep cross-court on 98% of the balls and only go all out when you are well inside the court. I have been employing the strategy for most of my hitting/matches and even though the matches are longer now I feel like the point is usually under control.
Keep hitting!
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
Nice playing guys! I played two league matches on that exact court last spring. It's a strangely low bouncing court (at least in the chilly morning).

Wish I knew you were so close, I'm 10-12 miles south.

edit: missed your your thread in the travel section, d'oh.
Ahhhh, bummer! Will be to that area again for sure so will keep ya on the list.

For us I didn't notice much issue with bounce. There is one point in the video I moved to hit an inside-out forehand, lined up, and the ball just died. Though it may have been a weird court bounce, it could be just lining up issues with me too. :)
Would have been great to have some more TT folks there. First time at the park/courts and it was a pretty nice.
All courts seem to be the same slow hardcourts around NorCal, especially if they have been recently resurfaced. Other than a couple of dead bounces the courts were nice.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Damn thats some sad playing and I should know! :)

Mango just wins man I know how it feels. But the biggest problem is there is no hoodie in that vid. Super sad.
 
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