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Old 08-02-2014, 01:41 AM   #1
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Hey guys, figured I would have a bit of fun with this, and invite you guys on my journey into becoming a recreational tennis player.

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My name is Zach Anderson, I'm 20 (not 23 like my account says), live in Northern California when I'm not at school at San Diego State University and have never played competitive tennis in my life. I did not play in high school as I played baseball at the same time tennis season was, and have literally never been given a tennis lesson in my life. I became a tennis fan in 2007 and have loved it since. I play with friends, and used to hit a couple times a week because it kept me in shape, and it was an individual sport, etc. Great fun. I'm not bad, completely self taught, and am entering my first USTA NTRP event tomorrow.

The event:
I self-rated on the USTA website at 2.5, very low, and decided screw it, I'm gonna take a shot at 3.5's. I am playing the Antelope Community Tennis USTA NorCal Grand Slam event this weekend in the 3.5 men's singles.

http://tennislink.usta.com/tournamen....aspx?T=148393

I play my first match tomorrow afternoon at 2pm against an opponent it looks like hasn't played much either. If I win, I play the #1 seed, lovely. If this goes well, I will continue to play events in SoCal while at school, as I'm excited about this opportunity to get involved with this. I will drop to 3.0s at events that hold singles at that rating level. For not, lets get this started. I'm happy to welcome advice, criticism, and invite all you guys to join this journey I'm beginning that should be a lot of fun. Any questions, comments, anything, fire away! Lets do this!

The draw is below!

http://tennislink.usta.com/tournamen...93#&&s=7Draws3
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:33 AM   #2
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Best of luck! Do work!
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Never to late, most of the guys I play social and recreational tennis with did not start playing until after they left school.
Most still pick up the skills well though, although professional coaching does help. Usually will require one on one training though once an adult, but should pick it up quickly as I said.
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I self-rated on the USTA website at 2.5, very low, and decided screw it, I'm gonna take a shot at 3.5's. I am playing the Antelope Community Tennis USTA NorCal Grand Slam event this weekend in the 3.5 men's singles.
Uh, I find NTRP ratings in California tend to be accurate (i.e. if the people are rated 3.5, they'll be 3.5 or better) unlike in NYC where people are rated 3.5 yet can't hit decent groundies or serves. But good luck in your tournament.
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Just an update. Lost my first round match 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-10. Held 4 match points in the second set and served for it twice, so it was rough. Temperature on court was 117 Great experience though and look forward to playing again next weekend!
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Just an update. Lost my first round match 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-10. Held 4 match points in the second set and served for it twice, so it was rough. Temperature on court was 117 Great experience though and look forward to playing again next weekend!
Great score for the first match.
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any update? How was last weekend?

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Fair play Zach unlucky first loss, great effort though for first time
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Well done, that looked like 2 tough battles in the SF and F.

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Thanks everybody I completely forgot to post the result! But yeah, took my first career title in Sacramento this weekend, beat the number 1 3.0 player in NorCal 64 75 in the final! Blew a 5-1 lead in the 2nd, but recovered well I am moving back to San Diego this weekend, so will actually be playing Southern California sanctioned tournaments for the rest of the year. I am aiming to next play the weekend of September 6
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