What are tournaments like

ajspurs

Rookie
Hiya, i just wanted to know what the tournaments are like, i really want to get into them cos i just love playing tennis, and im an alright player, but i always imagine going on the court in my 1st match and getting thrashed, partly because of nerves but do you get many players that wipe you around the court? i know that depends on your rating and who you play but if your a 3.5 player and your playing a 3.5 it will be the same as a 4.5 player playing a 4.5 player if you know what i mean. So basically what are your opinions on them?

Any thoughts appreciated, cheers.
 

RedWeb

Semi-Pro
I'll never forget my first tournament even though that was many matches ago. I was nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs and shaking like a leaf. But I ended up pushing (ugh!) my way to victory winning in 3 sets! Then the next morning I got my head handed to me. But it was all good. Just have fun as 99.9% of the people you meet and play against are cool. Sooner or later you'll run into one of the .1% but thats all part of it too.
 

ajspurs

Rookie
I'll never forget my first tournament even though that was many matches ago. I was nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs and shaking like a leaf. But I ended up pushing (ugh!) my way to victory winning in 3 sets! Then the next morning I got my head handed to me. But it was all good. Just have fun as 99.9% of the people you meet and play against are cool. Sooner or later you'll run into one of the .1% but thats all part of it too.
Yea im glad you said that, cos its easy to forget to just have fun, its also nice to hear that a lot of the people are alright, because one thing i love about tennis is the sportsmanship, although i know the attitudes are different with professionals. Well, i have a recreational club tournament coming up and i know its a bit different but ill treat it as a real tournament just so i can give myself a bit of experience. Cheers for that
 

Geezer Guy

Hall of Fame
Go and have fun, and try not to be nervous. But realize also that everyone get's nervous, and your opponent will be nervous too. Treat this first tournament as a learning process. Don't expect to win, just learn as much as you can from the experience.
 

JRstriker12

Hall of Fame
Tournaments are fun.

I suggest playing a tournement liminted to your level and try having one of your hitting buddies sign up for the same tournament for some support.

It can make you a little nervous at first, but just concentrate on playing your best game and don't worry about winning or losing too much - at least to start.

If you play a USTA tournament limited by your rating (3.0, 3.5 etc.) you don't have to worry too much about being blown out.

As I mentioned before, it's also great if you can get one of you buddies to join up. That way you can both prep for the tournament and warm up before the competiton.
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
Playing a tournament this weekend, with a my partner who is 14 y.o. Should be fun one team is 2 5.5, another team is 2 18 y.o. brothers and the third is a couple of College Players. Will probably not win a match but it sure will be fun to play.
 

soyizgood

G.O.A.T.
My 1st tournament was a nightmare. Practiced for weeks. Lived, breathed, drank, and talked tennis. Analyzed and criticized my game to death. I got to the courts two hours before my match while only getting 4 hours sleep.

I met my opponent. In the warm-ups, I twisted my ankle with shoes I bought the night before. It hurt like hell. I played anyways and lost 6-0 6-0. I tossed my racquet around, lost my confidence playing (made 10+ double faults and countless unforced errors), and just felt like the world's worst tennis player. The opponent and I swatted balls after the match and I twisted my ankle again. That was a month ago and the ankle is still not 100%.

Since that time, I changed forehand grips from S-W to Ex-E. My serving seems to be more consistent. I still can be a hothead, but I know I can't afford to be my own enemy against other 4.0 players. Worked on my FH/BH-slices. I'm an untested 4.0, but I CAN play with them. I just need to beat them and not myself. Got another tournament in 10 days. Hopefully I will play better.
 
Play it like a practice match

I was scared in my first tourney and fortunately played a very bad opponent. I got the win but that gave me the honor of playing the number 1 seed. I did not fare so well (6-2, 6-1). I was actually pleased wth that score but it was a beat down nevertheless.

After about 3 to 4 tournaments, I was no longer nervous and viewed all matches as practice matches. My results quickly improved. It took about 15 tournaments to win a tournament. It was not the deepest tournament field but it was a 4.5 tournament victory nevertheless.

I would have been wise to start a level down but after reading the NTRP descriptions, I believed I was a 4.5-5.0 when I was more like a very strong 3.5 to average 4.0.

The real secret is to hit the ball with your practice swings and not change a thing. I hear people say I am crazy but before I started playing with my practice games, I would merely win the warm-up and take a serious beat down in the match against a player I had far superior strokes. When I relaxed and played my match with my warm-up game, I started winning.

Now, many years later, my age, knees, back, shoulder, two ruptured achilles tendons, I am back to a 4.0ish player. I hit the ball better then, but I know this old broken down player would annihilate that player who played his first tournament many years ago.
 

penpal

Semi-Pro
The best thing about tournaments - you have an opportunity to play people outside of your normal group. Look at it that way, and that nervousness will begin to turn to excitement.

And always remind yourself how much money you will earn if you win ... that tends to ease my nerves ;)
 

OrangeOne

Legend
Since that time, I changed forehand grips from S-W to Ex-E.
You've changed from SW to 'extreme eastern'? In 2007? That's a very...odd thing to do.

4.0 with 2HBH/EEFH
Aspiring to be a spin meister with S&V mixed in
A 'spin meister' with an "EE" FH? So I take it you're thinking slice as your method of spin?

Foreign women >>>>>>> American chicks anyday
That's...interesting, and not in a good way.
 
Oh and Soy...just a little FYI: the ">" character is a mathematical sign that denotes a LESS THAN relationship between 2 things whereas the "<" sign denotes a GREATER THAN relationship between 2 things.


Here's a sample: "Foreign DUDES>>>>>American MEN anyday....or if you prefer: "American MEN<<<<<<<Foreign DUDES anyday.
 
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OrangeOne

Legend
Oh and Soy...just a little FYI: the ">" character is a mathematical sign that denotes a LESS THAN relationship between 2 things.

I don't think it's polite to say that Foreign chicks are LESS THAN American chicks!!!!
It's the other way around, Xk, '>' is the 'more than' symbol, and I'm pretty sure Soy is indeed implying that he somewhat, ahem, prefers females that are not from America.
 

oldguysrule

Semi-Pro
Oh and Soy...just a little FYI: the ">" character is a mathematical sign that denotes a LESS THAN relationship between 2 things.

I don't think it's polite to say that Foreign chicks are LESS THAN American chicks!!!!
Actually, it is a sign that donotes "less than" or "greater than". Which ever way the arrow points is the lesser of the two values. as in, 2<3...or 5>4.

However, I agree that the statement is impolite no matter which side is lesser/greater.
 
Like I told a defense attorney once in court who objected that I wasn't an expert witness and therefore could not possibly tell the difference between real and counterfeit money: "Well I'm not a veterinarian either sir, but I DO know a horse's ass when I see one". :p
 
Not to beat a dead horse or derail the thread but.....go to Symbols.com and search under the word term 'less than'. The ">" symbol ALWAYS means less than. Oh and I got what he was getting at about foreign women being better than American chicks. I was being sarcastic, which I'm finding out, gets lost in translation a lot online.
 

OrangeOne

Legend
Not to beat a dead horse or derail the thread but.....go to Symbols.com and search under the word term 'less than'. The ">" symbol ALWAYS means less than.
Unless you're indeed being sarcastic there, (and irrespective of whatever's going on with symbols.com), let me assure you, from many years of maths and computing at school & uni, as well as many years of relevant work, that '>' is indeed the symbol for 'more than' (and, as it happens, '<' is also the symbol for less than).
 

soyizgood

G.O.A.T.
You've changed from SW to 'extreme eastern'? In 2007? That's a very...odd thing to do.



A 'spin meister' with an "EE" FH? So I take it you're thinking slice as your method of spin?



That's...interesting, and not in a good way.
Until late last year, I had used Eastern for 11 years. Then I changed to semi-Western. I really was not comfortable doing it and it showed in that tournament match. I wanted to get flat strokes like I do with an Eastern and still generate topspin shots like a semi-Western. The extreme Eastern works nicely for me. A few more months with it and I'll have that stroke really working.

My backhand slice is so-so, but it's improved a lot. I have a pretty good forehand slice when it's on. My play at the net is not where I want it to be, but that's more of a mental than skill thing. Spin meisters make it hard for those ball-bashing baseliners as they really can't get into a rhythm against them.
 
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OrangeOne

Legend
Post deleted as (thankfully) the poster I was replying to removed the said paragraph from their post.
 
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soyizgood

G.O.A.T.
Post deleted as (thankfully) the poster I was replying to removed the said paragraph from their post.
I was going to do something comparing foreign girls I met to your "typical" American woman, but I was in a hurry to get to work. I know the truth. :)
 

soyizgood

G.O.A.T.
Since we're doing math here, what's so great about American women? They're only 5'4" on average. In the past 10 years, their weight has gone up 11 POUNDS in the last 10 years to 163 pounds. Their average BMI is 28!!! A BMI >= 30 (GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 30) defines obesity.

I could create a whole thread on foreign vs American women (might do it later), but I prefer hooking up with attractive, intelligent women and not get rolled over and flattened by. ;) The average American woman weighs about the same as me, and I'm 6'0". You see why I prefer foreign. :)

http://new.photos.yahoo.com/iy2x/album/576460762323276502/photo/294928803273067461/8
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/iy2x/album/576460762323276502/photo/294928803273078877/25
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/iy2x/album/576460762323276502/photo/294928803273097076/63
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/iy2x/album/576460762323276502/photo/294928803273064349/5
 
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soyizgood

G.O.A.T.
I had NO idea my signature would get that much attention. Then again, I like to be unique. :)

Back to tournaments, I like playing against different people and using the matches as a way to improve my game. Playing random people influenced some of my strokes and tactics. I want to take my game up another notch or two. Which means I'll probably take a beatdown or two in the process. But I'm all about improving and striving for excellence when I play.
 

zapvor

G.O.A.T.
LOL....this thread is funny.

just to be sure...
< is less than
and
> is greater than.

symbols.com needs to be sued.
 

OrangeOne

Legend
LOL....this thread is funny.

just to be sure...
< is less than
and
> is greater than.

symbols.com needs to be sued.
Thank god for another voice of symbolic agreement! ;)

As for lawsuits, maybe we should god for a class-action? We could all make a fortune :grin:
 
Please allow me to apologize for using inaccurate information taken from Symbols.com and using it to make sarcastic remarks to our fellow member Soy.

Now OrangeOne, I have graciously apologized and at no time were my comments to you sarcastic in any way, shape or form and if I gave you that impression, well again, let my apologize.
 

goober

Legend
Since we're doing math here, what's so great about American women? They're only 5'4" on average. In the past 10 years, their weight has gone up 11 POUNDS in the last 10 years to 163 pounds. Their average BMI is 28!!! A BMI >= 30 (GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 30) defines obesity.

I could create a whole thread on foreign vs American women (might do it later), but I prefer hooking up with attractive, intelligent women and not get rolled over and flattened by. ;) The average American woman weighs about the same as me, and I'm 6'0". You see why I prefer foreign. :)

http://new.photos.yahoo.com/iy2x/album/576460762323276502/photo/294928803273067461/8
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/iy2x/album/576460762323276502/photo/294928803273078877/25
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/iy2x/album/576460762323276502/photo/294928803273097076/63
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/iy2x/album/576460762323276502/photo/294928803273064349/5
Hmm all girls from Ukraine. I think I know what kind of websites you visit when not on TW lol .
 

OrangeOne

Legend
Please allow me to apologize for using inaccurate information taken from Symbols.com and using it to make sarcastic remarks to our fellow member Soy.

Now OrangeOne, I have graciously apologized and at no time were my comments to you sarcastic in any way, shape or form and if I gave you that impression, well again, let my apologize.
Xkwiz: No offence taken at all, just wondered if I was missing the joke :)

Death to symbols.com!
 

Geezer Guy

Hall of Fame
Maybe the new math is different, but when I was in school:
> = greater than
< = less than

1 < 2
4 > 3
5 = 5

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EDIT: Never mind - I see you've already resolved this.
 
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ajspurs

Rookie
Cool, cheers for answers, i suppose the best thing to do is just enjoy them, well, in my club tournament im playing someone whos pretty good, but that sometimes raises my game so im now looking forward to it.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
Hey Holms, I mean Soy, when you say Extreme Eastern, are you talking about a strong eastern, like almost SW but still eastern? Because if so, then your comments make sense.

J
 
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