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01-11-2017 06:09 PM
Re: Discuss YOUR tennis

I think I will start playing club tennis from March this year. then heating up for some National tournaments. Before that, I have played with my peers who used to play tennis for a year and I have beaten them all on clay. My best shots: first serve and FH, weaknesses: Net play, Smash, and stamina. I think I am pusher btw. Can get easily overpowered. That's why the clay courts suit me the best, IMO.
12-02-2016 07:12 AM
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I've been playing tennis for about 4 months now (I started my junior year of high school) and practice every day on a nice brick wall to try to catch up to my peers. I can't explain my love for the sport, it's so intellectual yet so athletic at the same time. I have always been ambidextrous (use both hands equally) so using either hand felt normal to me. This became a very strong asset in my early career. I play righty OHBH and lefty THBH, and alternate between the two on serves. I would consider myself a trick player when possible and a pusher when overpowered. My weakest points are probably my service speed, half-volleys, and netplay. I love to study new tennis techniques after my daily practice such as identifying my opponents weak points, when to move up, and different ways to return a good lob that gets behind you (tweener, flip-flop overhead, jumping really high). My goal is to get as much topspin on my lobs as possible to my opponents backhand so that they are in an awkward position and then move up to the net to win the point. There is an open tennis practice day at my local gym for 15 dollars on saturdays for people interested in learning cool techniques from a former atp player. I'm really enthusiastic about how far I can go with my tennis, so I'd love some feedback.
10-20-2016 06:26 AM
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I started running again, so maybe in the spring I can join the tennis team. I hope my knees do not start with the pain again.
06-30-2016 08:41 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Discuss YOUR tennis

Well I have had the yearly singles at my club again won my first match 6-2 , 6-0 then lost my second match 6-2 , 6-3 . I kind of knew I was never going to win . He is the fattest tennis player I have ever played . I felt I did as well as I could . He has a very good serve and gets more spin and power on his shots than me . He also has good slice and I found his serve hard to get used too . I did break it once . I could sense he was getting a little tired in the second set and I could get the serve back a bit more easy . He also has Asthma lol . I did as well as I could thought . Wish I held at 4-3,down in the second but really I did well to get 5 games . He's been playing about 35 years I think .
09-04-2015 10:23 AM
Super Djoker
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Had a good match in the men's doubles at my club first round but we lost 6-4 , 6-4 . The pair we played are 2 first teamers at the club and where runners up last year . I feel we did about as well as we could.
07-12-2015 06:01 PM
Super Djoker
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Lost 6-1 , 2-6 , 6-0 . I couldn't move him from the middle of the court enough. Lost all my energy at the end. Getting moved from side to side too much. Also the match was really bizarre . My forehand was really off. Backhand was absolutely on fire. Thinking I am going to take a small break. Very strange match . He deserved it thought.
07-11-2015 05:02 PM
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Tomorrow?! Not much prep time. At this point, most important is mental game: Excerpt from my book, The Winning Weekend Warrior by John Thomas:


Why would you? What is the point? You can influence the future with a positive or negative attitude, but you cannot completely control it, and you cannot predict it. Never give up. Never assume that the other player or the other team enjoys all the luck, better abilities, better strategy and there is no way you can win. You never know. Momentum can shift. A key player on the other team may have an unexpected physical problem. You may find a new tactic that works. For example, in tennis, you may be playing a player who hits every hard shot of yours back twice as hard. They hit twice as many winners as you. They make half as many unforced errors. They are winning every single game! Then, instead of trying to “outgun” your opponent, you hit high looping shots deep to their backhand. They try but fail to return these just as they were doing your hard drives. Suddenly you are winning a lot of games."
07-11-2015 04:59 PM
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1. You and your partner should practice with each other: net play, lobs, service returns and serves.
2. Warm up sufficiently before every match.
3. Improve your fitness.
4. Communicate! Before every serve, a quick signal about whether the returner will try to lob over net person, hit deep to server, drop shot. Similarly, if you are serving, tell your partner whether you are going wide or down the middle so you can poach more effectively. Of course, you have to stay flexible in your attitude. You may be *intending* to hit a drop shot off a serve but the particular serve makes that unwise.
If you are really ambitious, you should both read my book: The Winning Weekend Warrior -- -see my author page at
07-11-2015 04:56 PM
Super Djoker
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Match tomorrow in the semis of the singles. i got removed from the mens doubles as my partner went back to france. the guy that has won it for the last 4 years has been hammered by a newbie. All i have heard is that he has a massive serve and is really really good apparently.
07-09-2015 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr.Cool View Post
Hey guys, any tips on how me and my buddy can improve our tennis without a coach. We are kinda beginners and play for fun. But sometimes rallies don't last as long.
Just keep the ball in play while using full strokes. That is, use full slow swings making sure you have good net clearance (a lot of people on MTF would call this moonballing, but it's really just hitting top spin balls and a great way to guarantee that you hit lots of them correctly). Once you and your friend have good control over the ball in terms of direction and depth, then you can increase your swing speed.

People end up with wonky strokes because they focus on results (i.e. winning points/rallies) and not the process (i.e. hitting correctly).

If you can, have someone video you hitting. You would not believe the difference between how you think you're swinging vs how you are really swinging.
07-08-2015 09:21 PM
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A lot of wins, keep up the good work!
07-06-2015 08:52 PM
Super Djoker
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Won my second match in the men 's singles at my club 5-7 , 7-5 , 7-5. Won from 2-5 down in the third. Into the semi's now. Playing a a guy that's about 16 or 17 . He beat a guy I can never get a set off in straights ( I did give him some tips for it ) I am hoping my advice has something to do with it. Been removed from the doubles as my partner has gone back to France . Lol .
06-22-2015 02:22 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Discuss YOUR tennis

Originally Posted by Mr.Cool View Post
Hey guys, any tips on how me and my buddy can improve our tennis without a coach. We are kinda beginners and play for fun. But sometimes rallies don't last as long.
Just practise, and maybe watch some other players play to pick up on a few things they do.
06-21-2015 08:45 PM
Re: Discuss YOUR tennis

Hey guys, any tips on how me and my buddy can improve our tennis without a coach. We are kinda beginners and play for fun. But sometimes rallies don't last as long.
06-21-2015 03:36 PM
Super Djoker
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Played a tennis triathlon for charity at my club over the weekend. Played 4 hours Saturday and nearly 6 hours Sunday. Won 2 sets of singles 6-4 , 6-1 playing I guy I have never beat before. However he played a lot more hours in the triathlon than me so I got lucky.
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