We have all been there … serving at 5-4 for just the set or the whole match; and we blow it! Why? What should we do differently in that situation to change the outcome?
Some Key Factors
In my opinion, there are several things we should and should not do …
- Don’t think
about the results. Too many times, we walk to the service line and think, “If
I win this game, then …” … “I will finally beat this big-time player, who I
have never beaten” … “I will move into the finals for the first time” … “My
team will win” … etc.
about the process. Instead of looking ahead, remind yourself of what you
did right to get to where you were now.
Think of the strategy or strokes that have been working for you.
your first serve in. Maybe it shouldn’t,
but winning that first point plays a huge psychological role for both you
and your opponent. So, going for
too big of a first serve and missing, suddenly gives your opponent
thoughts about crushing that softer second serve you are about to offer
- Focus on the next point. And all throughout that game, just focus on the next point. Don’t worry that you missed a shot; or that the score is now 15-30 … just focus on getting that ball back in play with controlled aggression and in a good location to make your opponent make the big shot.
What do you think/do when serving for the set or the match?
P.S. Thanks to Willy Hoffman’s friend Debbie, I was able to get on a tennis court for just the second time in three weeks for an excellent 1.5 hour workout of cross court doubles! Time to start reopening.
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