Most players still hit warmups for a match starting at the baseline with ground strokes; but there is a growing movement to start with both players at the net hitting “small ball.”
According to TennisMindGame.com, if you warm up properly on mini court, you’ll warm up all the “systems” needed for the real game and you’ll make a much smoother transition from not so demanding situations before you stepped on the court to much more demanding situations that happen in the real game of tennis.
A good warm up lowers the chances of hurting yourself, enables you to immediately start hitting the ball well from the baseline and therefore increases your satisfaction and enjoyment of the game and allows you to get a quick head start in a match because your opponent most likely did not warm up well.
I still mostly use the traditional baseline warmup; but I can see the logic of small ball and will try it.
What do you use and why?
Today’s Doubles Semi’s
My excellent fill-in partner for the week, Timm Rinehart and I played our doubles semi-final match this afternoon (after he won his singles semi’s vs. John Lundquist).
Our opponents were the solid team of Pat Siracusa (who Chuck and I played against in December at Longboat Key… and we survived in a Match Tiebreaker) and Will Roeper of Belleair, Florida. As it turned out, Pat and I were about even in tennis ability; but Timm was stronger than Will.
After a couple of breaks and break-backs, we were serving at 3-2 in the first set … and then mostly took control of the match, winning 9 of the next 12 games for a solid 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Timm plays his singles finals vs. Tom LaPenna at 11 am; and then we team up at 2 p.m. for the doubles finals vs. another solid team of Richard Bruer and Bill Christensen, both from nearby Clearwater, Florida.
For all the other results and draws, click HERE
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