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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #390 on: August 14, 2014, 09:47 PM »
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Well, I see on the WTA shot that they prepare very early. That's one of the things my coach warned me against. He says I was standing with my racket back, waiting for the ball. He says it has to be one continuous motion - so you take the racket back in a loop when the ball bounces and keep the movement going.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #391 on: August 14, 2014, 09:57 PM »
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Eh? That's all horseshit.

Firstly, the open stance is a relatively new thing, and indeed most of the top players play with an open stance most of the time. The closed stance shots only really appear when rushed.

Same with the preparation - early preparation is a good thing, especially when you're playing at a higher level with people who hit the ball hard and fast. That doesn't mean you're just standing there though.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #392 on: August 14, 2014, 10:13 PM »
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Eh? That's all horseshit.

early preparation is a good thing, especially when you're playing at a higher level with people who hit the ball hard and fast.

That's what I thought.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #393 on: August 14, 2014, 10:14 PM »
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When I say closed stance, I'm being taught a sort of L-shape (with my feet), with my body sort of quarter facing the opponent. So it's semi-open. Federer does it, I've noticed.

If you look at Borg, he was completely open.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #394 on: September 29, 2014, 12:40 AM »
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I am about to give inter-club competition a go again after a 3 and a half year absence. I played regularly from 2005 to 2011. Had mixed success in Auckland up until 2009, winning about half the time and not often getting thrashed too badly which I was happy enough with for a low social level.

But after moving to Wellington in 2009 and joining the club nearest to where I first lived it was another story. Have posted further back in this thread but basically their lowest team was still at a fairly competitive level (division 3 of 6) which proved way too high for me. I won my first doubles and singles (matches are in teams of 4 with everyone playing a doubles and singles) and after that got thrashed every week in 2009/10 summer and 2010/11 summer. Barely won even a game most weeks, let alone going close to a set and in the 2 seasons only managed to win 1 set in a doubles match we ultimately lost in 3.

Then got a bad back injury in the 2011 football season so didn't play that summer and had to take 2012 off sport. Got though the 2013 football season OK before going back to tennis at the end of last year joining a new club in the area I'm now living. Have been playing at weekly club nights for the last year and now feel like giving it a go again. Also with it being a brand new and not existing team (due to a few new members around my age and the club not having had a men's team for a few years) we have to start at the bottom in division 6 so looking forward to hopefully some competitive matches this time. We have some quite good players who should be playing higher and they'll probably win easily most weeks, but I'm not thinking about winning yet, I'm just hoping for some decent close matches.

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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #395 on: October 10, 2014, 01:17 AM »
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First inter-club match of the season tomorrow so looking forward to it. Also my first match since March 2011. Will play a doubles and a singles. Not got any thoughts of winning, just hoping for decent competitive matches and respectable scorelines for now. No idea what the level will be like yet so don't know whether a win is a realistic goal for this season but it will just be good to be playing again.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #396 on: October 11, 2014, 11:07 AM »
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Well that was better than expected. Beautiful day, sun, no clouds and no wind. One of the best days since I've live in Wellington. Won the doubles 6-1 6-2 with no real drama. We were 5-0 up in the second and had a little hiccup getting the last game but pretty comfortable in the end. I hoped it would be a more suitable level for me but hadn't expect such a big victory straight away.

Singles wasn't quite as straightforward. Was a real good battle which is what I'd hoped for. I've never been able to hit a lot of quick winners so long rallies and staying in the point has usually been my thing. I fell 2-0 down at the start but clawed back and went 3-2 ahead and eventually took the set 6-4. Second set I got to 5-2 up but it was a lot closer than that sounds with most games going to deuce and mostly long points. Got a match point then of course he smashed down his only un-returnable serve of the day and then held for 5-3, then I failed to serve it out so it went to 5-4. Was really hot by this stage and I was starting to die and had very little left. The other guy was coping a lot better and he was really fast, any time I hit something I thought was a winner he somehow got there and got it back. There's no way I'd have won a third set. Luckily managed to break the next game to take it 6-4 6-4.

So first doubles and singles wins for 5 years (albeit with a 3 and a half year absence from competitive matches). Great feeling! cmon yeah

Team won 5-1 overall with only my doubles partner losing his singles.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #397 on: October 18, 2014, 11:44 AM »
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Following last weekend's unexpected wins and a decent practice during the week, I went into today's match with more confidence than I can remember going into a match with. Alas, brought back down to Earth 6-1 6-1 in doubles and 6-1 6-0 in singles so won't be making the mistake of feeling cocky again. That's more how I remember it! Opposition team got thrashed last week too so we probably got lucky and played the worst team first last week.

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