Tennis scoring is different from all (?) other sports in that you can be crushed in the first set; but the score differential doesn’t make a difference (except in your mind) as you move into the second set.
In football, one team takes the opening kickoff and runs it back for a touchdown; the other team has to carry that deficit for the whole game. In golf, a player double bogies an early hole and has to stare at that score on their card for 18 holes.
But in tennis, you can lose a set 6-0 and, depending on your mind, not have it carry forward into the second set. On the score sheet, it is just the same as if you played great and lost a close first set tiebreaker.
Cleansing the Mind
Even within a tennis game, you can blow an easy overhead and double fault a serve; but if you can win the other points, you still win that game and your errors have zero consequence (again, except in your own mind).
Serving at 2-5, remind yourself, “It is only one break of serve. All I have to do is hold serve now and then focus on breaking my opponent(s); and we will be right back on serve!”
In my opinion, what players have to do is accept the fact that we are all human and will make mistakes, miss easy sitters, and double fault. It is all part of the game and should not be carried forward (except to try to correct any technical flaws).
How do YOU deal with missing shots or an early deficit?
Fred Drilling Triple Bypass
I included Fred’s picture with the score sheet to recognize that our favorite former world champ has just gone through triple bypass heart surgery. We will feature his symptoms and situation in a future posting; but meanwhile the senior tennis community is behind his speedy recovery and return to the court (where he can beat up on all of us again)!
P.S. The picture is from the time he crushed me in the Naples/Ft. Myers Challenge!
FRED DRILLING UPDATE
I am feeling quite well today. Yesterday was terrible… lots of pain and nausea almost all day long and half of the night and finally early this morning about 3 o’clock I woke up and I was feeling much better.
I got to eat some breakfast; I had some solid food and feeling pretty good. Walked this morning; had one tube out the other day and that other big tube is coming out today. I think I am doing well.
They tell me I can’t lift over 10 lbs for a month. Going to have to weigh my racket:).
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