Tennis Players, What's Your Favorite Shot?

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Inside-out forehand, followed by the cross-court backhand as runner-up.

Surmounter, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

a nice backhand slice always feels really good too, xcept lately i've been doing this two handed backhand slice that feels kinda cheap but WORKS WONDERFULLY!

Surmounter, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Two-handed backhand straight down the line.

mitya, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

SUCH a hot shot - tough for me cuz i don't practice it enuf

Surmounter, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I have not played tennis since I was a small child but I seem to remember that my favorite shot back then was the overhead smash straight into the net

bernard snowy, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

cross-court forehand a la elena dementieva!

sadly my serve is also a la elena dementieva :(

also like backhand down the line passes when i pull them off, and drop shots which i used to be able to do a lot better than now.

cannot do smashes. i don't think i've ever managed to make one.

lex pretend, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

see the cross-court forehand is the shot i have the most trouble with! i think it's cuz i go for the corner 2 much, so i've started to aim more for the middle and then it just winds up inthe corner...

a deft drop shot is so sweet

Surmounter, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

One handed backhand down the line. Which, as it happens, is just about the only backhand i can manage these days :(

Jibe, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the most effective x-court FHs are really sharply angled ones, one of my favourite plays is to end a baseline x-court FH exchange with a sudden change of angle. also, x-court winners off returns of serves are SWEET.

it is a pity i cannot do this, or anything much, with my BH!

lex pretend, Thursday, 21 June 2007 18:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yes, i feel this is b/c xcourt forehands tend to depend on racket placement/good hands, so when u get it just right, it can just cut by and surprise ur opponent. well for me n e way.

Surmounter, Thursday, 21 June 2007 18:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

and u kno i used to be all about the forehand, backhand sucked. it's weird tho, i didn't play for a while and now my backhand is like really consistent

Surmounter, Thursday, 21 June 2007 18:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Two handed backhand. I'll run around my forehand to get to it.

Jeff, Thursday, 21 June 2007 18:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i didn't play at all for a few years and i still basically suck, and will do until i get some proper coaching i think, but bizarrely it was my volleys which improved. was always scared of them but hit some nice ones last time i played! my dropshot is GONE GONE GONE though, alas.

lex pretend, Thursday, 21 June 2007 18:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this sucks i was gonna play tonite and it's all stormy out of nowhere

Surmounter, Thursday, 21 June 2007 22:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I haven't played for two years now... :(

The most satisfying shot to hit is the topspin backhand line-drive - I still have vivid memories of the handful of these that I've actually been able to execute perfectly. I recall playing an old schoolfriend (who rarely beat me before we were 17 - then he grew five inches in a year, joined a tennis club on his doorstep and I rarely beat him after that) in the summer of '87 at North Cheshire TC; just one of those days when I couldn't mistime a shot if I'd tried - up something like 6-3 6-1 4-1, he wrongfooted me with a deep volley and I switched direction and whipped a backhand pass down the line. I think we both laughed - in a kind of "we'll be back to hitting no-pressure forehands into the bottom of the net next week" way.

My topspin c-c f/h was much better with a wooden racket but, like Lex, I've always been awful overhead. This accounts for my other favourite shot of yore - chasing back a lob (that I should've just smashed) and leathering the hell out of a f/h on the turn. Serve can be quite good, volleys are barely functional, sliced b/h not bad.

I've gone from Wilson Sport to Slazenger Firepower to Wilson American Ace to Donnay GC to Dunlop Impact Comp Ti over a period of 25 years and have probably got worse with each racket. Or just older.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 21 June 2007 23:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink


well, i think i'm doing pretty well - i haven't played in a while now, not with anyone good. i don't know, maybe a year and a half to two years since i was challenged. it's just hard to find ppl around me.

n e way 2nite we went out in the thick of the tumultuous weather and it started to lightning on us.

it was dark and i was flubbing my backhand - u kno the framed, in the net shots. last time my backhand was like driving deep. inconsistent much? ARGH WHY can't we all have our own indoor courts, and hitting partners, all the time??????!!!!!!!

Surmounter, Friday, 22 June 2007 00:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Serve that hits my doubles partner in the back of teh head

badg, Friday, 22 June 2007 01:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

2 handed backhand. makes me feel like a can swing a baseball bat with authority.

bnw, Friday, 22 June 2007 02:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

sliced forehand pat that ensures opponent has one more chance to make ass of him/herself (or, more likely, put the ball away)

Just got offed, Friday, 22 June 2007 02:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

2 handed backhand, because it's the only one that's minimally competent

gabbneb, Friday, 22 June 2007 03:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

so much control on that shot usually

Surmounter, Friday, 22 June 2007 14:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1) One-hand backhand pass down the line OTM. I'm usually two-handed on backhand but sometimes I just feel it.

2) Forehand topspin lob a la Agassi.

3) About once per match I'll attempt a flat serve and I'll make it about once in ten tries, this means I'll hit a flat serve in once in 5-6 years. But it always feels nice.

4) The nutty 'tween the legs shot, chasing down a lob. It's easy really.

wanko ergo sum, Friday, 22 June 2007 16:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

forehand topsin lob a la Hingis Yum =P

Surmounter, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

altho i pretty much a backhand lob 2

Surmounter, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

*pretty much luv

Surmounter, Friday, 22 June 2007 18:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

ok, updates. still into the inside-out forehand, this will never change. except when i get a short 2nd serve, i tend to overkill it and bounce it back to the fence.

serve is improving... i mean, very slowly! but the fun shot of the moment is the down the line backhand. catching the ball just high enough to be able to flatten it out low. good times great oldies.

Surmounter, Sunday, 22 June 2008 16:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ooh and i had a good drop today!

Surmounter, Sunday, 22 June 2008 16:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one handed backhand a la Justine Henin

followed by da smasheroo

generally, shots that involve retard strength and not a lot of technique

warmsherry, Sunday, 22 June 2008 18:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My first serve, the one time in ten it goes in. It looks like a proper first serve, it's quick and everything!

Mark C, Sunday, 22 June 2008 20:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

nice!! my boyfriend told me that i GRIN when i serve. not grimace, but GRIN. this is news to me.

Surmounter, Sunday, 22 June 2008 20:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

When I was 13 or so, I developed a talent for crushingly brutal and deadly accurate spin serves and, based almost solely on my serving ability, won many matches against my fellow middle-schoolers in local and statewide competitions. Too bad my utter failure to develop any kind of backhand skills whatsoever thwarted my potential as a serious tennis player.

Similarly, at around the same age, I could hit line drives, triples & home runs with the best of them in little league, but was always stuck in left field b/c of my extremely poor throwing accuracy.

Also, I can hit 300 yard drives, but can't putt. WTF coordination?

Pillbox, Sunday, 22 June 2008 20:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

surmounter, were u playing on the court next to ours? :-)

mine? if i can get it over i am happy. :-)

stevienixed, Monday, 23 June 2008 06:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that one where you actually hit the ball back into the other court

ken c, Monday, 23 June 2008 10:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

haha, basically same as stevienixed

ken c, Monday, 23 June 2008 10:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh see sometimes i'm really bad at getting things in. i keep trying for the corners. this is mostly when i'm very rusty

Surmounter, Monday, 23 June 2008 14:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

x-court FH, as game is like a miniature hack version of Elena Dementieva's - FH is a weapon, BH is at best solid, serve is non-existent.

lex pretend, Monday, 23 June 2008 15:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh I also really like playing slow, high-bouncing shots to my opponent's BH, almost always good for inducing an error.

lex pretend, Monday, 23 June 2008 15:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yes! although i have to tell you i like a high ball on that side. but you gotta throw in some big spinners every now and then, get em off balance

btw your game sounds kinda like mine... although i'm working on the backhand weapon thing

Surmounter, Monday, 23 June 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i like watching your slow, high-bouncing shots, just like i like watching elena demantieva's

ken c, Monday, 23 June 2008 15:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

short angled shots are always great too. at this level, players are much more easily confused by suddenly having to run forwards a bit rather than side-to-side.

lex pretend, Monday, 23 June 2008 15:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

otm. short angled SLICE kills

Surmounter, Monday, 23 June 2008 15:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Singles: Catching the tape just enough on a forehand slice to change direction a little & bring the opponent up short. And then shrugging like, "Aw, that was luck!"

Doubles: chest-high volley back atcha.

briania, Monday, 23 June 2008 15:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

inside-out forehand too

sleep, Monday, 23 June 2008 15:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

my crosscourt forehand is improving. when it's great, it's great, but sometimes it comes up a little short, which i hate.

backhand down the line is messing me up some, but the crosscourt backhand still pretty solid.

my volleys are doin pretty good

Surmounter, Friday, 11 July 2008 17:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

but wtf i can't hit a drop for my life these days. oooh BUT i've nailed a few of those cross court slices when right up at the net. i love thoooose

Surmounter, Friday, 11 July 2008 18:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

the over the head hail mary after successfully (barely) chasing down a back court lob.

Steve Shasta, Friday, 11 July 2008 18:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

ohhh I JUST did one!!! it felt awesome

Surmounter, Friday, 11 July 2008 18:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've been using a lot of topspin lately for fun. sometimes it really messes with people!

Surmounter, Friday, 11 July 2008 18:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love a backhand slice, it's so effortless, and it's slow so it buys you time to reposition/rest a sec.

wanko ergo sum, Friday, 11 July 2008 18:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

YES. but i'm sooo not good at them yet. i usually try it out against the wall.

Surmounter, Friday, 11 July 2008 18:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

im back tennis bløøgin, played the dude from my 10/22/2015 post again, had a break pt to go up 5-1 in the first set, didn't get it, and ended up losing the set in a tbreak, and the next set 2-6; played decent tho, it was def a competitive match

johnny crunch, Friday, 4 November 2016 01:58 (two years ago) Permalink

def my strength rn is court coverage, in my last match a really pivotal pt was like me getting back an extra ball or two and allowing my oppenent to hork it

johnny crunch, Friday, 4 November 2016 02:01 (two years ago) Permalink

happy to see this thread revived. i teach tennis and play USTA 5.0. i mostly stay on the metal threads but will gladly offer any insights if needed.

Yelploaf, Friday, 4 November 2016 02:27 (two years ago) Permalink

nice! i'm a 4.5 but hardly ever get to play these days

k3vin k., Friday, 4 November 2016 02:28 (two years ago) Permalink

hit me up if ever you're in seattle.

Yelploaf, Friday, 4 November 2016 02:30 (two years ago) Permalink

im prob like 3.5 maybe 4 on a good day

i also recently played and beat this kid prob ~15 yrs my junior, plays currently in college but coming off a bad shoulder injury; he shd of killed me but it was nice playing counterpuncher to someone w real pace & he also then hurt his knee and was hobbling late in the match.. nevertheless i felt good beating him

johnny crunch, Friday, 4 November 2016 02:57 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

rematch vs 11/3 guy, ill call him gerry; his game is so nice, easy smooth groundstrokes w easy power and he moves good for someone prob ten yrs older than me

def competative again, tho lost 6-4, 6-3; i hit some good shots man but he can usu cover them; he hit multiple short angle like chip lob passing shots on me from deep in his b-hand ct, those are so devastating and pretty

johnny crunch, Friday, 2 December 2016 03:00 (two years ago) Permalink

johnny crunch, Friday, 2 December 2016 03:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Always good to see this thread updated!

Must try and play again soon. Only "recent" court-time was late summer 2014 when my playing partner (female colleague from work) broke her foot after 45min. I've been playing a bit of badminton but it's not the same...

Michael Jones, Friday, 2 December 2016 13:11 (two years ago) Permalink

wow that's brutal

while playing vs a friend this summer he sortof stepped awkwardly coming in for a short ball & ultimately it was a partial tear of his Achilles tendon :(

johnny crunch, Friday, 2 December 2016 13:17 (two years ago) Permalink

I've played some of my best tennis this summer but it's frustratingly one step forward, one step back - some days it feels like I'm hitting the ball super well and then a couple of days later I can't control the most basic rally shots. The shots I like hitting most are FH DTLs, either running around my BH in that corner or redirecting a cross-court on the FH side. My volleys have really improved! And I can even get overheads right on occasion.

I still can't remotely serve but that aside I most struggle with running up to short, slow balls that need to be put away. So frustrating to hit multiple good shots in a row to get the short ball and an open court and 99% I make an error. I also don't really have a BH DTL, can't seem to get the timing right, and in general I struggle with...spatial awareness on that side? In that I can't "see" where the ball is going to land and end up either too near or too far away.

lex pretend, Friday, 2 December 2016 13:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Also in matchplay I am definitely a mentally weak choker (though it would help having a SERVE, I loathe everything about the process of serving, it's really psychologically the worst way to start a point)

lex pretend, Friday, 2 December 2016 13:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Oddity about my serve though: when I'm practising it I miss nine out of 10, and they'll all be long. In a match I'll miss nine out of 10 and almost all in the net. I have no idea why this is. It feels like I'm attempting the exact same motion. I have no awareness of what my body is actually doing when I serve.

lex pretend, Friday, 2 December 2016 13:38 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

been on a good streak, may not have lost a match since the 12/1 post above ~ im in 1st place in my clubs ladder, 13-3 record

johnny crunch, Friday, 30 December 2016 03:47 (two years ago) Permalink

there are def like 2-5 ppl no_doubt better than me but they just dont play as often

kinda have had a persistant sore rt groin, is there some common sense treatment for this? it does lessen by just like rest so

johnny crunch, Friday, 30 December 2016 03:49 (two years ago) Permalink

sorry to hear that! unfortunately i don't know. great work though--congrats! i've really been working on my strokes to good avail as well.

surm, Friday, 30 December 2016 15:04 (two years ago) Permalink

so i've developed a new forehand. it's something between the grip and the backswing. less of the latter i think. i'm into it.

surm, Friday, 30 December 2016 15:10 (two years ago) Permalink

shortening the backswing is always a great tip for a recreational player. a long backswing adds little if any power and greatly reduces margin for error

k3vin k., Friday, 30 December 2016 18:44 (two years ago) Permalink

i played pickleball this morning for the first time in 5-6 years. great game but i wish there were some younger people there haha

k3vin k., Friday, 30 December 2016 18:45 (two years ago) Permalink

surm - thx !

a few to-be-expected losses since the new year has started.

1 to 'gerry' again, guy is just methodical. he stays v even-keel. maybe twice a match i will hear him say to himself 'cmon gerry' after an error. i do notice if i can get him in close game score situations late in a set he gets satisfied w playing rallies and not going for winners, though its tuff to get to that sitch vs him. looking back, i can barely believe i took a set off him 6-3

johnny crunch, Friday, 13 January 2017 15:17 (two years ago) Permalink

im 16-5 now; really only had 1 'bad' loss i think, vs a guy hitting really heavy topspin who ive played better against before, also idk y it only occured to me like once the match ended to hit more to his backhand

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 January 2017 00:33 (two years ago) Permalink

there is also a guy ive seen a few times in past yrs who was playing this wk......hes MINIMUM 5 yrs older than me (and shorter) but he played 3 nights in a row this week vs basically the 3 best players on the ladder (one of these being 'gerry') and he beat two of them & in not that difficult linescores

ive really only watched him a few times & cant tell how hes that good, his swing looks awkward

in past yrs ive overheard his name and stuff and remarks abt like "yeah he plays every day for two weeks straight and then gets injured and u wonder why"

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 January 2017 00:39 (two years ago) Permalink

one of the best players here who doesnt/cant play often cuz hes a doctor apparently authored this

Lessons learned from my BMW and Ayn Rand, The Christian Century, 2015;132(6):27.

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 January 2017 01:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Remember at the club I was a member of in my late teens/early 20s there was this *ancient* (to my eyes) white-haired dude who only really played doubles with a massive Prince oversize racket and barely moved more than three steps either way on court. My old schoolmate - 20yo, six foot three, serve-volley, tried to clobber the hell out of groundstroke - drew him in the last sixteen of the club summer singles event. Lost three and one. "Every ball came back". (I lost the same day two and five to some 35yo guy I never saw there again who had some kind of Woolworths wooden racket from about 1972 and was smoking during our knock-up; leftie - his serve to ad court was like a spin-bowler's slider. I was up against the side fence trying to reach it.) We fancied ourselves as young hotshots but, actually, against steady old geezers who just knew how to slice a ball onto a sixpence we couldn't keep the ball in court enough to win points.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 21 January 2017 21:19 (two years ago) Permalink

decided to join a ladder because of this thread 8)

k3vin k., Saturday, 21 January 2017 22:53 (two years ago) Permalink

nice good luck !

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 January 2017 23:21 (two years ago) Permalink

had nearly an identical match (tho he won) vs the same old timer as my 10.22.2015 post; guy is kindof a hardass, I am not sure if it is strategic or like failing eyesight but he thinks every close line call of his shots that I say are out, are in; I wouldn't say it rattles me but it is annoying

it also only just clicked in that his service motion looks so much like gasquet it is uncanny

johnny crunch, Friday, 27 January 2017 13:34 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

played 'gerry' again, really good match and I had soo many break point chances, beyond the few I did convert, and like 3-4 really long deuce games on my serve. I remember holding once at love in the 2nd set and every other game was close. I lost 3-6, 6-7 (10-12)

ive also now given him the nickname in my head of the slender man cuz he is long and sallow and soft spoken as to be nearly silent

I think im like 21-9 now? idk

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 March 2017 12:42 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Played tennis a lot between ages 12 and 18, picked the racket up again last year only to tear my achilles' tendon during my second training session :-(
Got back on the court 6 weeks ago, started on a gentlemen's team two weeks later and am slowly getting back into it throughout the league matches. Not the most logical way to go about it (also so far I've lost all my matches) but it's been fun nonetheless. Am at/just past (I hope) that point where you've taken up something technical you haven't done in years where you think "I used to be quite good but all my shots are hopeless now wtf". Played a free session yesterday evening with a team mate, just 90 minutes of battering away and it was so much fun. Making adjustments to/optimizing my strokes, footwork, swing, grip. Trying to get more consistent, basically. Re-discovering how much it helps to play as "loose" as possible. It really feels great to play again.

willem, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 09:06 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

my game is def prone to longer rallies (beat a dude last night who def mumbled "pusher" to himself under his breath and got salty and threw his racquet a few times) but one good technique ive worked on is on short balls to return deep, generally @ my opponents BH side @ rush/sneak in to the net behind it, its v effective when I can execute

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 17:00 (one year ago) Permalink

No shame in being a pusher. Just get it back. You’ll win, especially at many levels of recreational tennis.

Jeff, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 18:50 (one year ago) Permalink

I got called worse, because I just had an ugly game. Could never overpower anyone, so I hit basically all junk shots, spins, weird bounces, drop shots, boring you to death by just hitting lobs. Whatever it took to win.

Jeff, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 18:52 (one year ago) Permalink

yea i draw the line at lobs but otherwise vary speeds/spins as much as i can

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 19:12 (one year ago) Permalink

whats the move when playing another guy who just gets the ball back a ton also? I couldnt figure out a great strategy..

semi-mad @ myself cuz I was 4-0 to start this season, w some good wins, & last night lost to a guy I should've and have mostly beaten. had a 4-1 lead in the first but hit a long skid of unforced errors & dropped it 4-6. came back to win the second 6-2, all closely played games, then just got behind in the tiebreak 3rd set and couldnt catch up~

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 13:05 (one year ago) Permalink

"slender man" got me again, it was a really fun match tho; scoreline of 7-6, 2-6, 6-2; every point was p hard fought and I was wiped the fuck out by the third set, happy to even get two games there, esp cuz I was down 4-0 and held serve twice

johnny crunch, Monday, 13 November 2017 15:17 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

no earthly idea what my record is this season anymore, not sure they are keeping it, & been somewhat up and down but still playing usu twice a wk

played a dude who looks like a younger paul giamatti 2night, lotta pace which was good; after 2-2 first set i won the next 8 games, ultimately winning 6-2, 6-1; giamatti got on tilt and just hit a ton of errors; hope i play him again

johnny crunch, Friday, 26 January 2018 02:53 (one year ago) Permalink

last match i got back a ball on a stretch backhand that i was super proud of also btw

johnny crunch, Friday, 26 January 2018 02:53 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

fun couple weeks, posting so i remember:

vs youngish nondescript polish guy - split sets then lost a super tiebreak 12-10; this guy is p robotic, hits topspin off both wings; takes forever to serve

vs pakistani guy ive played a bunch - feel like i shdve won in straights but i lost a 2nd set tiebreak and then f'd up the supertiebreak w a lot of dumb errors; i was serving really well/hard this match & had 5-6 to-my-eye-on-a-line aces all of which he called faults, tho in the past hes always been fair tbh; he was also getting over the flu and coughing between every pt so, props

vs tall skinny bald dude -- hadnt played this guy in a couple years; he got up on me 5-1 1st set & then i won 7 games in a row; ended up 7-5, 6-2; he plays just fast paced & think i was playing too fast early on; forgot a bit what its like to play someone who can't really hurt me/doesnt hit winners;

vs semi-crotchedy older dude -- he got up on me 4-1 1st set & i came back to win 7-5, then second set i won 6-0; good match, competitive pts, he hits like squash-ish shots, also rarely hits winners except sometimes on nice angles; this guy used to serve & volley more but only tried it a bit this match, his serve isnt good enough for it to work rn; 2nd set was more competitive than the score,i did hit 4-5 good forehand winners

johnny crunch, Friday, 9 March 2018 20:08 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

vs tough, prob 15 yrs older than me ex-military brazilian dude tnight, i came back from down 1-4 in the first set to up 6-5, though down break pt & we had a looong rally where he ran down like 6 balls....ultimately to go for a drop shot where he lost his balance and rolled headlong into the net, it was gnarly (he got the ball back but right to me m/l)

after that he was kinda cooked, i won 7-5, 6-0

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 02:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

Loving these bagels to finish!

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 08:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

there is also a guy ive seen a few times in past yrs who was playing this wk......hes MINIMUM 5 yrs older than me (and shorter) but he played 3 nights in a row this week vs basically the 3 best players on the ladder (one of these being 'gerry') and he beat two of them & in not that difficult linescores

ive really only watched him a few times & cant tell how hes that good, his swing looks awkward

in past yrs ive overheard his name and stuff and remarks abt like "yeah he plays every day for two weeks straight and then gets injured and u wonder why"

― johnny crunch, Friday, January 20, 2017 7:39 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i finally played this guy for the 1st time. he is 20 years older than me. i took the first set off him but then i was fuckin gassed & couldnt put up a tonne of resistance..scoreline was 3-6, 6-1, 10-1 he won; he hits a lot of diff spins and gets a lot back, few winners but does occasionally pound a forehand; nice enough dude but hes the type that doesnt really listen in a convo and is only waiting for his turn to talk again

johnny crunch, Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:06 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

good match yesterday vs another lefty (im a lefty btw), hard fought match, i won 6-3, 6-4; he served really predictably idk for a purpose of trying to go at my backhand but i was fine w it as i would know it was coming and could easily block it back; i also hurt him repeatedly by hitting my forehand down the line when he was cheating to cover cross court; he moved & hit well tho for being older than me + kinda stocky

johnny crunch, Friday, 22 February 2019 23:32 (four months ago) Permalink

I haven’t played in years — I should get back at it. I’ve never had a real backhand, but can survive on slices from that side. My favorite shot has always been the inside out forehand down the line. When it works it looks good and feels even better, the way you get the other player stepping away and they have to watch the ball tailing away from them down the alley. Love it.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 23 February 2019 13:04 (four months ago) Permalink

nother good one, abt as close & long as a first set as i can recall ~ ended up losing it 6-7 in a tiebreak but had chances to serve it out at 5-4 up and then again at 6-5 up, ugh; there was also a game, me serving at 1-2 with @ least 15 deuces

second set i was up 5-2, again serving for the set & was broken & then the club was closing so we had to stop

opponent hurt me this match w his forehand down the line; he and i are p even tho, thin margins

johnny crunch, Friday, 1 March 2019 13:23 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

v satisfying match tnight, won 6-1, 6-2 vs a younger dude who beat me the last 2 times we played. hes a good all-ct player w a big forehand. tnight i served really well & think i did a good job varying depths of shots to force him to hit a bunch of errors. it was still a tighter match than the scoreline, several long deuces..

johnny crunch, Friday, 5 April 2019 02:19 (two months ago) Permalink

About to play my first USTA 5.0 match. I teach tennis but haven't played competitively since college and that was 18 years ago. We'll see if I can bring it...

Yelploaf, Sunday, 7 April 2019 01:06 (two months ago) Permalink

ha I haven't clicked on this thread in a while and enjoyed reading the j.c. tour diary :)

I love tennis so much, but circumstances have not allowed me to play much. I look forward to getting back out there some day

Nick Chiveon (rip van wanko), Sunday, 7 April 2019 02:59 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

yelploaf, how did the usta match go?

johnny crunch, Saturday, 1 June 2019 14:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks for asking, jc. I lost my first three matches quite handily, then switched back to my preferred string and won 2 since. Tonight is the last of the season and I'd love to make it to .500.

Yelploaf, Saturday, 1 June 2019 14:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

o good luck

johnny crunch, Saturday, 1 June 2019 15:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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