What to do about CHEATING in tournaments?
I played a money tournament with a referee and a for fun tournament without referees.
We overturned a bad call by the ref because it happened in two consecutive service games by our opponents--realize that this was for $1000 USD in Thailand but it was just such a bad call by the ref--he just missed it.
BUT to our opponent's credit, they overturned one against us at 7-4, with us being the 4 serving to stay in and the game score 15-30, in the pro set. The winner of this Quarterfinal match is guaranteed 210 USD as loser in semi, loser in final gets 500 USD.
Then, I play another tournament with no prize money and people are making ridiculous calls--round robin, first service game two bad calls, my service game one bad call, and then, my partner's next service game two bad calls. Now this is awkward as there really is no referee to call in to watch--plus it's Thailand--that would be shameful and very, very bad sportsmanship (irony) so we just keep playing
I did the are you sure? I did a small payback call (sadness I know)
But what is the solution--
1. the peg? (you hit them, they can't call it out--someone actually hit me, but it was just a tennis play)
2. the payback call ( I felt guilty for the whole day and we won)
3. grin and bear it
4. next level, get the ref which would be very, very bad as people would get very, very offended.
I don't want to ever do the pay back call, it's just sad and stains the win. However, equally sad and people will troll me, when my partner makes the call, it's okay. That's being honest. And I won't over turn my partner in a tournament (I play with the same partners in all my tournaments)
Solution to Cheating
The first key as a senior player is to acknowledge that you will probably not overpower them. If you can accept this first fact, then the secondary fact is easier to do--Juniors hate slice and slow balls. They live in a world of Bash, they live to hit the ball hard and get a winner. Now add in the Juniors will probably be faster than you, the whole situation bends towards playing a more conservative, high percentage game.
The biggest keys will be first serve in and return in. The placement of a decent 80% first serve to their weaker side will gain you much benefit as Juniors tend to be momentum players, meaning they catch a lead, they hit harder while also feeding off each big shot. Serve the first serve to the weaker side and net people stay home to guard the alley. The other thing Juniors like to do is hit hard at the net person down the line, because normally in Juniors, the volley is not a strength. Now you're hitting first serves in and keeping the ball deep or short.
On the return, loops or slices to disrupt their groundstrokes will aid in your success. As we stated before, most Juniors do not volley well, so they won't poach. Hit it crosscourt deep and move in. By playing a style, they're not used to. The key is Play like a Senior player. This involves just playing solid doubles--hit first serves in, make first returns with chips and loops--high percentage stuff, then come in stealing time.
The last thing is not engage in baseline to baseline rallies--they will have spent more time on court hitting groundstrokes than you, they will be better at it. Bring them in to net, make them hit short balls, and dictate with your volley. If you have to rally with them because their groundstrokes are superior, use deep loops and chips. Finally, you can hit some to further disrupt their rhythmn.
The last caveat is to show no mercy because Juniors only respect you if you beat them. If you give them daylight, a few points, that could turn into games or a hot streak. Once they believe they can beat you, they will. For the most part, they start to think they can beat you, but in reality, they're not sure
The most common causes of tennis elbow are:
1. Technique on the backhand or serve
5. No weight training
If you lock your elbow out when you serve or hit a backhand, that will normally lead to some elbow pain as a repetitive motion injury. The thing to do is to test for what hurts when you play. Is there any stroke that causes pain on impact? When does your elbow hurt? On the serve, it's often the locking out of the elbow on impact of the serve, hitting a topspin serve, and/or speeding the frame up too much on your arm. Serving is like pitching and some serves really stress your arm out--do you hit a slice coming around the side of the ball?
Are your strings just too stiff? Some polys and even some synthetics are just so stiff, it's puts a lot of stress on y our elbow. Is your racquet too stiff? Too much vibration will kill your elbow. Make the grip smaller will add more control to the racquet for you, but it will make the vibrations more significant.
Fast courts lend more impact to your racquet, the court is slow, it absorbs the impact.
Power players put a lot of stress on your arm. They hit hard alot and you hit harder back.
As you age, weights are an essential part of tennis. You should be playing and lifting weights about the same amount of times.
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Starting a simple tennis league. The standard tennis ladder is old, but what I ran into at one of the local clubs here, Le Smash. They run a league with promotion and demotion--relegation and promotion. Every two months, they run a league with four to six player, you schedule on your own, and tally the record at the end. The pros also play in to increase the competition and as an incentive.
The league can be divided into three leagues--with each league having 4-6 players. The top league will keep half of the players with the three lowest getting dropped to the lower league. The middle league will put two-three up, keep one there, and move two down. The bottom league will move half up and keep half.
The players' wins convert to points for the masters.
The league is free, but the player split the costs for tennis balls and court time, but now you have approximately 20 players in your league playing ten matches a week--the matches usually take two hours. They will come, eat, drink, and relax. There's more traffic and people will buy things--I buy wrist bands, clothes, and socks sometimes.
It makes the club more alive and interesting to see who's playing.
Three Days Away.
With the tournament a few days away, the important thing to focus on is to taper and not workout in the gym or play too hard tennis. You want to be as fresh as possible for the tournament. Sleep becomes a factor.
Two Days Away.
One last go at the courts, practicing and being sure all your shots work. Hydrate and sleep.
One Day Away.
This is a very important day. You must eat properly--have a nice meal and sleep. The meal should be light on beef. Chicken or fish go through the body fairly well, but beef will linger and make you feel heavy. Alcohol should be avoided.
For me, sleeping is so important nowadays. I must sleep at least seven hours to play efficiently.
Got a tournament coming up in a week, been training. Your training regimen has to include diet, gym, and playing singles.
The funniest thing about my training for the ITF tournament was the lack of match play in singles so to get ready, we played two singles matches.
The first match is a serve and volleyer, so it's a different sort of practice, while the second is a very young baseliner. Each has its own benefit.