Have you ever played a “big match” where your game just went to pieces? A reader highlights an example he watched in a pro tennis match with disastrous results.
Yikes, the Yips ..
“George, (before the Covid crisis) we were watching a women’s match being played in Acapulco. A US woman (Volynets) was playing a Mexican women (Zarazua). Volynets was ahead a set and a break. She lost the break and it got to her serving at 5-6. She got a serious case of the yips on her serve.
“She double faulted the last three points of her service game. At least one of the serves bounced about 4 feet before it got to the net. In her first service game of the third set, she double faulted 4 times (I don’t think she got any second serves in play) to lose the game. One of the serves landed somewhere in stands. I couldn’t watch anymore, but she lost the final set 6-0.
“The point being that even the pros can get the yips. Neither of the players was highly ranked, but still ….. “
My Lost Forehand
Many years ago, I was playing a singles tournament up in New Hampshire and my forehand “went away.” For whatever reason, I couldn’t get more than one baseline forehand in a row back in play … they either went in the net or sailed long.
It was frustrating; but I remember my solution was to revert to a total serve/volley game, where I charged to the net on every single point. I honestly cannot remember the final outcome of the match (mental block?); but I remember that solution to the problem.
I believe that same concept holds true on the serve – or any other “lost stroke” … change that losing game. Or another solution, which I frequently say to a struggling doubles partner, “keep on swinging, they will start to go in.”
Has that happened to you and what solution do YOU believe in?
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