Started playing tennis at about 10-11 years old. Was pretty casual, didn't really focus on technique or anything for a while, it was just something fun to do with my other sport activities. However, I fell out of love with almost all other sports I tried until finally I decided to concentrate on tennis at around 15 years old. From 15-19 I played around 3-4 times a week (practice sessions and practice matches).
I was always more of a bookworm and never thought of competing when I was in high school. However, I played then and have played since evenly with guys who are competing or have competed at the Finnish B-level (Levels start from D, then C, then B, then A). After high school, I went to the army and my game suffered a lot. Later on in the university, I've had periods when I've played a lot and then some periods when I haven't played for months (like now...). Tough to find opponents that are good enough but not too good
On my game: My forehand is my strength and I'm quick around the court (at least I used to be
). I hit a one-handed backhand that has been complimented by many as being "beautiful", too bad that it doesn't coincide with "consistent"
. I can sometimes find the groove on it and hit the cover off the ball but sometimes I can't find the court and have to slice all the time. Volleys are decent. Serve used to be the biggest weapon when I was around 16-17, had easily one of the biggest serves among the guys I played against but since then I've lost it a bit. Toss is all over the place, especially if I haven't played in a while.
Has anyone else managed to get their serve measured at all?
I got mine done a couple of years ago, quickest I got (in) was a 95mph serve. I reckon I'd be able to up that now, I'm three inches taller, a lot stronger. Hopefully I can do it sometime.
When I was around 15-16 I got up to 130km/h, so that's about 80mph I think? That was a slightly sliced serve though, not a flat one... Would be interesting to see how hard I could hit nowadays. I'm a lot stronger but maybe declined some