Attn: Jake Nelson
December 10, 2001
TENNISMAN- STAFF WRITER
Tournament Results, fourth in
So, how did you do? Did you
enjoy playing the tournament? Did you win? Did you meet your goals as they were set before? Did you get upset, angry? How
did you manage your mistakes? Were you able to capitalize on your opponents mistakes? Did you play poorly, under par or did
you manage your mistakes? Did you find your zone and play out of your head? How did you magage adversity?
Thank you for the messages
about your experience. I especially enjoyed the full page note on the speed of the court affecting the game. Think about all
the questions and the outcome of your effort. What stands out? Unforced errors, forced errors, double faults, not ready in
time, psyched out? Sun, wind, run out of energy, dehydration, injury, inconsistancy, plan A strategy not working, play B failed.
Plan C? Maybe your opponent's plan beat your plan. You will get better by using
this experience to build on your technique, physical abilities, and your mental toughness. Please continue to send me your
thoughts and questions, about the preparation and tournament play.
Now is the time to get back
out on the practice court. Remember what you discovered that needs fixing. Figure out if you need to hit more drills to gain
consistancy. Maybe you need more competitive experience. Go ahead and continue to play challenging matches. That is a sure
way to expose where the improvement is needed. If you are not able to practice using the correct technique it is best to ask
a professional instructor to help you figure out what you need to fix your shot.
Yes, there is only one who
can claim the top prize in each bracket. But, remember what your goal was before the tourney. How did your plan work out?
Do you need to make a plan? Yes, tennis is a sport for a lifetime, so keep playing. Some might say the game is so deep and
multi-layered that it may take a life time to figure out how to fix it. Go out
and play; have a good time.
Tip of the month:
Rainy day work out. During
this season of wet weather when we cannot get out on the court there still is a chance to continue your training. Keep up
the good diet. Read books of interest about tennis. With a little time you can work out in a gym or at home to build up your
body. There are specific exercises that will improve various tennis techniques.
For further information
or instruction, contact Stan Carter, USPTA certified professional, at the Flint Canyon Tennis Club: 818-790-3355 or 213-321-8699. You are invited to please email questions and comments to Info@StanTheTennisman.com.