Hey everyone, every competition player must have experienced the heart pumping first offical match ever. Maybe you can make first timers feel more at ease, maybe it feels like a lifetime ago. My first tournament match was last week and it was a thursday night men's compeition. My first doubles match was with my good friend (first timer too), i went totally tight and started to frame heaps. I lost faith in my banging flat 1st serve and started rolling 2nd serves over. it was over so quickly and we lost 6-2. Then my singles match came and i had my chance to redem myself. i stared blankly at my prostaff 85 and hoped it did not shrink and feel so small. The feeling in the amtch was unbelievable, i was hyperactive on adrenaline and after the first game i was already drenched. The match felt like a magic carpet ride, it was so surreal and everything off the racquet was perfect. i think i was luckly enough to be 'in the zone', now i seriously know what it feels like to play in slow motion. He served first and held. somehow i switched on and won the next 5 games! Everything felt so perfect, i had a crazy point, where my opponent made a deep slice to my backhand corner. i retreated (as i wasn't sure if it would skid or sidespin) and lost my footing (synthetic grass), i managed to do a dropshot as i fell down. I watched as he drop shotted me into the short forehand corner and i just got up unaware of my scraped skin and ran as hard as i could. I managed to get the ball and hit a flat winner down the line, i lost my footing again and half of my body slid under the net (luckily it was one of those nets that only go half way down). I was so high and shouted 'c'mon' and started jumping up and down as if i won wimbledon. For the whole match, i bunted his serve and drew him into the net and i just let the passing shot rip. I just kept on doing that and did a copule of lobs for fun! the experience was fantastic and even though it was division 3 at my local tennis club, i felt like the happiest person alive.