Today's match-Lost. (Moonballer&Focusing problem)

#1
So, today, after playing with a chip and charger the other day, I played with someone with a different game style today, and lost again. I lost the first set, the second set it was me 5/4 where things got reversed. He began to hit moonballs over and over. I couldn't take them earlier cause I was being careful and I am not experienced much with moonballs, so I tried these: 1) I hit similar balls by placing the ball where I wanted to, I don't remember how those points ended but somewhere in the middle of the game, I remember hitting some down the line balls and winners(but it was later when moonball thing stopped by doing that). 2) I returned with high slices to the baseline to make him do unforced errors. Once it worked, but he kept hitting moonballs, nothing else! 3) I tried hitting a moonball, then going to net and taking the ball early there. I think this was the most effective one. --> but he hits the moonballs to the baseline as well so it wasn't doable all the time. These + someone who came into the court (indoor) to watch our match made me lose most of my focus, and I began to play with my head and concentration focused on that guy, like faking my movements/hits as if I wanted it to end as soon as possible, so my head was not on the balls, but how I behaved. (I know it is stupid).

So, I need tips for these two problems. I know practice makes it better, and constant exposure to spectators, or outer factors helps, too - but, I need some mindset tips for the now, and also effective shots and placements for the moonballs.
 

IowaGuy

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#3
So, today, after playing with a chip and charger the other day, I played with someone with a different game style today, and lost again. I lost the first set, the second set it was me 5/4 where things got reversed. He began to hit moonballs over and over. I couldn't take them earlier cause I was being careful and I am not experienced much with moonballs, so I tried these: 1) I hit similar balls by placing the ball where I wanted to, I don't remember how those points ended but somewhere in the middle of the game, I remember hitting some down the line balls and winners(but it was later when moonball thing stopped by doing that). 2) I returned with high slices to the baseline to make him do unforced errors. Once it worked, but he kept hitting moonballs, nothing else! 3) I tried hitting a moonball, then going to net and taking the ball early there. I think this was the most effective one. --> but he hits the moonballs to the baseline as well so it wasn't doable all the time. These + someone who came into the court (indoor) to watch our match made me lose most of my focus, and I began to play with my head and concentration focused on that guy, like faking my movements/hits as if I wanted it to end as soon as possible, so my head was not on the balls, but how I behaved. (I know it is stupid).

So, I need tips for these two problems. I know practice makes it better, and constant exposure to spectators, or outer factors helps, too - but, I need some mindset tips for the now, and also effective shots and placements for the moonballs.
How long have you been playing tennis, and what is your current level?
 
#4
How long have you been playing tennis, and what is your current level?
I started at 10 as a two months summer camp. Gave a break till ~17, then gave break again till 19 which was again group lessons and sometimes hitting with a partner. Then, I gave up on all group lessons, I started joining tournaments at the age of 25 but before that I practiced alot on the wall, and played with few partners, improved my game, shots, technique alot. My problem is I am an offensive player, usually play with the same or higher levels, so I am not used to play with slow paced, moonballs or veteran like games, and I am not experienced in regards of matches, either. I started at 25, now I am 28, but in a year I join at most 4 tournaments and there is a huge time gap in between them. I didn't do much match practices before in public due to focus concerns, and to improve my technique first without losing my focus on the environmental factors during a practice match.
 
#5
OK, I only asked because it seems like different play styles are giving you trouble.

The more match experience you have and the more different styles that you play against, the easier it will be to adapt against a style you don't play against every day.

Moonballers and slicers are definitely 2 styles that you will want to feel comfortable against, because it's very likely that you will run across these types of players in local tournaments and leagues...

If you can find a good practice partner who is willing to "role play," you can practice hitting these types of shots sometimes in your practice sessions.
 
#6
OK, I only asked because it seems like different play styles are giving you trouble.

The more match experience you have and the more different styles that you play against, the easier it will be to adapt against a style you don't play against every day.

Moonballers and slicers are definitely 2 styles that you will want to feel comfortable against, because it's very likely that you will run across these types of players in local tournaments and leagues...

If you can find a good practice partner who is willing to "role play," you can practice hitting these types of shots sometimes in your practice sessions.
Thank you. Yes, I guess practice will make perfect, unfortunately, I onky have one irregular partner, and they are too ambitious like want to hit so hard etc., but sometimes I convince them to do different drills.

By the way, do you think I should try hitting with the same swing speed even if i constantly hit the net while returning very low balls and high, weak balls? Not to hit them parallel, I realized that I slow down my swing speed to swing right, but that way I give away easy balls. It is like (play safe) vs. (play your game but make unforced errors).
 
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