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09-03-2015 11:24 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Had a first round at a men's doubles at my club . Lost 6-4 , 6-4. The guys we lost to where runners up last year and are very good . A father and son paring . Only the mixed left now.
08-17-2015 03:59 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Had a grade 5 competition in Walsall at the weekend . Won my first match against another 9.2 , 4-0 , 4-1 . Then lost my second to a 9.1 4-0 , 4-0 ( he went on to win the whole tournament only dropping 1 game) and won my 3rd 4th placed play off 4-2, 5-4 (7-4) against a 9.1 . Had a mini choke at 5-0 up in the tiebreak. Felt I did as well as I could. Came in on short balls and smashed away a few overheads. Had some decent variety overall. A few drop shots and won a point with a jumping backhand overhead with my back to the net.
07-12-2015 04:53 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Lost in the semi finals. 6-1 , 2-6 , 6-0 . Played against a very good 17 year old. 10 years my junior so glad I made a game of it ( sort of)
07-12-2015 09:09 AM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Won my second match in the singles 5-7 , 7-5 , 7-5 . Went 2-5 down in the third set and came back . Played against another lefty too.
06-19-2015 10:51 AM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Played a first round match in the men's singles at my club. Won 6-2 , 6-1 . The guy was making too many mistakes. I was getting the ball back a lot and hitting quite well. He had a one handed backhand , really surprised I won as I was expecting him to hammer me. But we have never played before. The rallies where getting really long at the end and I was actually breathing heavily and getting sore knees. I think the fact that I went into it thinking he would beat me, for most of it helped a lot as I felt no pressure even at 4-0 in the second.
05-17-2015 10:54 AM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

I played a grade 4 county competition In April . Had a walkover in round 1 . Then lost my first match 4-0 , 4-0 . I am a 9.2 guy I lost to in my first match was 6.1 and had been playing since the age of 4 . Won my second match against an 8.2 4-1 , 4-0 . Was a very enjoyable match. I think I got 1 ace. I won that match down to being consistent . The guy said I hit the ball very flat. He was a nice guy but could tell he hated losing to me lol. I killed what he gave me in terms of short balls . Last guy I played is now a 7.2 . Lost 4-1 , 4-0 . He was very consistent and I found it hard going. He had better technique than me. Mostly what he did thought was keep the rally going. His ground strokes where clearly better than mine in terms of technique and spin thought , he was similar to the first guy. Played all the matches on carpet.
12-24-2014 12:16 AM
Re: Developing your game

Hi Matt,

We all hit plateaus in our tennis career. The good news is you can make major improvements in your game every single year.

Here's what I'd suggest: Why not have a friend or partner video your next competitive match? When you watch that video, you're going to spot plenty of weaknesses in your game that will give you an idea of what to work on next. Try not to get overwhelmed. Just try to keep track of how and why you're losing points, common mistakes in how you're hitting the ball (or where you're hitting the ball), that you keep making over and over. Then prioritize the 2-3 things that might have the biggest impact on your game, and work on those, either with a teaching pro or on the practice court.

Video is such a great tool for improving quickly. Most people don't take advantage of it. But today, even most digital cameras and smartphones take decent video. So there's no need to go out and buy special equipment.

Good luck!
12-21-2014 12:54 PM
NTRP 4.5
Re: Developing your game

Originally Posted by Super Djoker View Post
My shot selection can be bad at times . I like to hit hard and flat when I am more inside the baseline . I do tend to follow up lobbing someone by coming into the net , I also time coming in badly sometimes and get passed easily . He's a good player but very similar to me . That's why I find it so confusing .
I'd work on your returns. Over the years, Ive found that if you can deal with a guy with a big serve, the rest of their game seems to crumble a bit, by figuring out a way to deal with and breaking the big serve, its a way of saying. ' yeh what else you got?' I don't know how big a serve this guy has but what I do is stand about 4 feet back and as he goes thru his motion, I step up and skip to one side, he's always gong to see me move then he D/Fs. If his fave serve is down the T I stand wide to make him think I'm covering the f/h then I cheat across to cover down the middle and vice versa. It works. I return great against all but the best serves ( at the rec level ) most rec players have baby 2nd serves, they push it so take way the big serve, look em in the eye and say ' yeh, what else you got mate? '
10-18-2014 09:13 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Won two sets of easy singles 6-1 , 6-1 against a pusher last week. Played the Warhorse at my local club and lost 1-6 , 2-6 , 1-6 , 1-6. Played well and should of done better.
09-21-2014 07:01 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Won a Mixed Doubles competition at my local club today . Had to win 4 matches to take the title . Won in the final 6-2 , 6-2 with my partner. Chuffed. I think that's me done as far as doubles comps go. Lost a men's singles first round at a club I've just left last week 6-3 , 6-1. Played too negative and served woefully.
09-21-2014 02:26 AM
Moonball Pusher
Re: Developing your game

Keep up the good work
09-20-2014 08:28 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Mixed Doubles final at my local club tomorrow.
07-15-2014 02:15 AM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Played a error strung ball basher and went 5-0 up . Then had a great scrap with a fellow southpaw and won 6-3 , 1-6 , 6-3 . Such a physical game .
07-14-2014 12:03 AM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Beat a pusher 6-3 , 6-0 on Saturday .
05-17-2014 08:59 PM
Super Djoker
Re: Developing your game

Played the Warhorse at my local club lost the first set 6-1 and went 3-0 up in the second . Somehow fell apart and lost the second 6-3 .
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