This week I wanted to ask the Tennis Warehouse playtesters about some of the rituals they have during tournaments. With such varrying styles of tennis, it is interesting to see the similarities and differences between each of our playtesters!
So when asked,
“Where can you usually be found during the 5 minutes prior to a tournament match?”
Here is how our playtesters answered…(If you have any questions for the playtesters, email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
With rain through the evening, our semifinal match was moved up an hour and we started play at 8 am on Sunday. I was happy to be getting a re-match with the player that left me feeling terrible 4 years ago. He was hitting the ball pretty well, however (and I guess I don’t know a nice way of saying this) he is not in good physical shape anymore and I was working and moving him around pretty hard. I was in control of the points but was over-using the drop shot and trying to extend the points to wear him down. I actually ended up losing more points this way, and therefore lost a couple games more than I might have liked, but I felt it would still be the best strategy. Unfortunately, toward the end of the first set, after angling him off the court, he returned it and pulled up lame, possibly tearing a ligament in his lower leg, and he was forced to retire. I felt bad for him, as injuries are never fun. He was also really nice about noticing how much I have improved since we last played.
After a couple hours break, it was time for the final. I knew going into the finals that my opponent was going to be very tough. His playing resume proved that he was a solid college player — playing tight with the number one players at UCLA and Pepperdine, as well as a lot of good wins over top ranked NCAA players, and to top it off, he has played Davis Cup for his country, which shows his experience. There really is not a lot I can say about the match, as it was a disappointing display.
Today we began the tournament at my home club at LifeTime Fitness Fridley. It has been really rainy, windy and cool here all week, with possible thunderstorms in the forecast for this weekend, but we were able to get the matches in outside today (luckily we have indoor backup if necessary).
My match today was against a very good junior in our section. He is a 6’3″ lefty that serves well, and is pretty solid at the baseline. After settling into the first set, I was playing fine and took it 6-2, then broke serve to start the second set. At that point, I had a bad game missing some easy shots and serves to lose it back. I was rattled, frustrated and continued to make a lot of errors but we both were holding serve. Despite the struggle, I pulled it together to take the second set and match 6-4. It is never fun playing below where you would like, and against a tougher opponent I know I will have to stay mentally strong and not let it affect my game. I am confident in my ability to do this, and it was just “one of those days” today!