Watching Your Opponent?

 “You should always watch your opponent to be aware if they’re injured or getting tired.” That, according to Chrissie Evert during the 2020 Aussie Open women’s final. Is that true?

The Case Why Not…

The opposing argument is an opponent’s “problem” can become a distraction to you and stop you from playing your game.  If you start changing your strategy and strokes to react to a tiring or injured opponent, you may throw off your own rhythm.

The Case Why To …

If your opponent is tiring, you probably do want to make sure the points are longer; but not to the extent that you don’t put the ball away when you have the chance.  And if the drop shot is part of your normal arsenal, you should start using it as well (but if it is not, you shouldn’t force it).

Knowledge is Power

In my opinion, the more you know about your opponent (both before and during the match), the better off you are.  If they move well side to side, but not well coming forward, that tells you something.

Also, one of my favorite TV announcer sayings (John McEnroe, I think): never hit BEHIND a tired player – because they will still be there!

How about YOU, want to know if your opponent is injured or tiring?

Fred Drilling update from him…

 My cardiologist , when I first went in after the symptoms, said the best test is a cardio cath, which they put me out and put wires from the wrist up into the heart and can then see everything inside the heart.  He said that’s what he would recommend for me and that’s when he saw the 3 blocked arteries.  That’s the ultimate of the tests.   I just talked to my physical therapist and he said what all of us guys should be doing is having a nuclear stress test, which my brother and john owler just had, and that will give you an indication if anything is wrong.  If they find something, then they will do a cardio cath test which is what I had and that shows everything going on in your heart.

Hope this helps and spurs you to get to a cardiologist.  Often, this has nothing to do with your diet or exercise or lifestyle, but is 100% hereditary from what my PT Dr. says.

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6 thoughts on “Watching Your Opponent?

  1. Knowledge is power! You can never have too much information. However, I feel a player needs to incorporate that knowledge into their own strengths and strategy.

    Thanks, First Responder! george

  2. Congrats to some Special Super Seniors who were named to the USA National Teams:

    Jack Crawford Cup (M70): Larry Turville Asheville NC
    Bitsy Grant Cup (M75): Donald Long Rochester NY
    Men’s 85 Cup (M85): Gordon Hammes Naples FL

  3. If I notice that sort of thing then I feel sorry for them. I’m not real smart.

    Kevin, my favorite Fred Stolle saying, “You will find ‘sympathy’ in the dictionary between ‘shit’ and ‘suicide.'” (PS i know alphabetically not accurate; but the philosophy is right). george

  4. If my “A” game is working AND I’m winning, I try to just keep my head down and keep plugging away – try not to jinx it. If my “A” game isn’t working OR I’m losing I will pay more attention to my opponent and try to come up with a new strategy. (I get a lot more practice at the latter than the former.)

    Terry, yes, the old adage, “Never change a winning game.” thanks, george

  5. George,
    During the warm up, I’m always looking for signs I can draw upon during a match. Number one in my mind, is there should be no feelings or sympathy towards my opponent(s). If I see tiredness or cramping, I want to focus on how and where to hit my shots. I want to keep moving the opponent. If he tries to slow the pace down or exaggerates his condition, I just ignore those actions. You cannot “feel sorry” for the other player. Keep a positive attitude and control your emotions, because your performance tends to follow your emotions.

    Glenn, another great saying, “If you THINK the momentum has changed, it has changed.” thanks, george

  6. I even feel sorry for them if I notice that they’re nervous, as I know how painful that is for me. Again, not very smart. But, I *do* have fun out there. 🙂

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