Many of the top pros really show their displeasure when they miss a shot, lose a game, or after the match. Check out the two pictures from the classic Wimbledon final here: one is of Djokovic after he lost that incredible second set tie breaker (not converting SIX SET POINTS) and the other is after The Fed lost the third set. Does Djokovic’s emotion help him win that and other matches and does Roger’s coolness lessen his chances?
But some of my buddies carry the frustration into the next few points and games, in my opinion, negatively impacting their game. Possibly putting aside tournament matches, I truly would rather play well, have a good time and LOSE… than play poorly, overly emotionally and win.
I frequently tell myself the same thing I said to my grandson, “It’s only a game.”
What do you think?
Larry Turville Loses 14 Times
And speaking about “losing,” outstanding senior Larry Turville lost just a TOTAL of 14 games in five matches (ten sets) to cruise to the 65 singles Gold Ball in New Orleans.
The O-Man Wins Silver
Remember the story of Winder Bill, who was not allowed to have oxygen on the court to ease his degenerative lung disease? He got USTA permission and also competed in the National 65 doubles with Michael Barnes as his solid partner.
After beating my Naples’ friends Bob Wilkie and George Dalphon in the quarters, here is Winder’s own account of how his semi-final match went vs. the #1 seeds of Brian Cheney and Armistead Neely:
“My partner tore his calf changing direction for what turned out to be an out ball that made the score 6-7, 4-5, 15-40 Cheney serving. (Two match points for Bill/Barnes). Mike could barely stand up – he returned the 15-40 serve crosscourt and I poached the volley over the middle and hit a solid power volley perfect down the middle but Cheney moved to it and reflexed a winner behind me. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
“On next serve at 30-40 (if we do not win that point we are going to lose), the serve played me and I hit a weak shot back, guessed correctly to get my racquet on a potential winner and hit weak lob, guessed right and stabbed a ball crosscourt with my back hand that went 4 feet over the net in to the ad court with no pace, sat up (with a little awkward spin), and I ran to my open short cross court alley as Brian was hitting. He went that direction (maybe he saw me move) and his shot did not clear the net. His missing that shot was the difference in me having another 4th place and winning a silver ball, my best result in 20 years of playing nationals.
“Ah, the fates! Finals were very anticlimactic – Les Buck and Bob Litwin would have been very tough to compete against with Mike Barnes being healthy. We should not have played but at least he did not seem to hurt it more. The onsite therapist wrapped it real well and we tried. (and lost 0 and 1).”
Congrats to all who played. For the link to the tournament results, click HERE.
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