I have had it happen to me on both sides of the issue. Before my biceps tendon snapped, I had been feeling pain hitting my favorite shot – cross court topspin forehands. I thought it was being caused by biceps tendonitis, which it may have been; but backhands, volleys, serves and overheads hardly hurt at all.
So I was playing a singles match with a good Pelican Bay friend, with whom I normally play evenly and split sets. Just out of politeness (NOT playing mind games) I warned him about my injury and that I would mostly be running around my forehand to hit backhands.
You guessed it… I beat him easily! So, why is that? I think there are two main reasons…
YOUR GAME – Because you know you are injured, you play of very conservative and steady game. I just tried to keep my backhand deep and in play; and when I did have a forehand, I just looped it deep to the corners.
THEIR GAME – One of two things come into play with your opponent. Either they are “too nice” and don’t play their regular game trying to avoid your injury. Or they are “too competitive” and don’t play their regular game trying to take advantage of you injury.
How many times have you thought you had your opponent tired and tried inopportune drop shots, when you should have driven the ball deep? If the injured player compensates by playing steadier and you compensate by not playing how you should, that can often lead to defeat.
What do you think?
Losing a Friend
The tennis world lost another nice guy… retired NY surgeon and tournament player, Freddie (“Q”) Quintans died unexpectedly this week. We mourn another friend gone.
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