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Sydamerika, Costa Rica

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Thu, January 14, 2016 20:47:33

Happy New Year!

I am on a tour in South/Middle America with the
EuroElite team from 28/12/15 – 2/2/16.

Our first destination was Coffee Bowl in San
José, Costa Rica.

We are seven players and the head coach of EE,
Dave Bandelin. Patrick Kristensen and I are the two Danish participants. Henrik
Atlevi, Tobias Lindberget, Oskar Johnson, Valdemar Holm, and William Nilsson
are from Sweden.

We got here five days before the tournament
started, so we could prepare well for the outdoor hard-court courts. San José
is about 1000 m above sea level, so the balls fly a lot. It was difficult to
deal with the first couple of days, but we got used to it.

I won the first two matches, but lost against 3rd
seeded Ezekiel Clark (USA) 7/6 (5) 6/4 in the third round.

William and Valdemar lost in the qualification
final, and the other guys lost the first round of the main draw. Valdemar
actually got a “lucky loser”, which means that he got in the main draw, because
someone withdrew, and he beat the 14th seeded from America! He lost
the second round.

I lost second round of double with Henrik
against Tobias and Valdemar.

This is the best tournament that I have ever
played in. The club is great! They have plenty of courts to practice on, the
people are nice, the matches have been scheduled with at least 1.5 hours
between, so there has been almost no delays in the order of play, the weather
has been great, and last but definitely not least, the food is awesome!
Especially the pineapple!

I have learned a lot from these first two
weeks. I almost beat number 60 in the world, by keeping many balls in and
attacking as soon as I had an opportunity. I lost because of two reasons:

1.
I got overexcited at 5-5 in
the tiebreak, and hit wide twice.

2.
I missed a lot of returns
when I had break point.

We have theory with Dave every night and the
most interesting thing (in my opinion) he showed us, is the big fours (Roger,
Rafa, Novak, Andy) in average hit height over the net. It turns out that Nadal
clears the net by 90 inches, Federer 70, Djokovic 63, Murray 59. When I watch
them on TV it doesn’t look like that at all.

After the tournament we went zip lining in the
mountains. It was awesome. We also did something called “super tarzan swing”. Some
of the videos and pictures can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/EuroeliteTennis/

There are seven days before the next tournament
begins in Colombia, and during that time I will make sure that I improve my
Returns, staying calm in tight situations, and the keep the ball high over net,
when it is necessary.

Take care out there.

Cheers

August

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Mexico

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sun, December 06, 2015 21:00:49

I played two tournaments in Mexico from the 16th to the 27th
of November.

I arrived at Mexico City airport where EuroElite’s coach for the Mexican
department, Jorge Olaya, was waiting for me. The altitude in Mexico City is
around 2500 m, so in order to prepare the best possible way we drove to Jorge’s
hometown, Cocoyoc, which is in an altitude of 1200 m. We stayed there for two
days before we went to Cuernavaca to practice on clay and be 1700 m above the
sea level. Jorge junior, Jorge’s son, and I practiced there for 4 days. Then we
were ready to challenge the height of Mexico City.

Once you get above 1500 m, it is a good idea to switch balls. Gas balls
will be uncontrollable so changing to pressure-less balls will help very much.

The club in Mexico City is awesome! They have 12 clay courts, 2 big
swimming pools, 2 paddle tennis court, a 2-storey gym, and 2 mini football courts.
When matches are being played in the club, there is another club five minutes
away with more than 10 courts, which the players can use for practice.

It is so cool being there with some of the best players in the world,
and I have gotten to know many of them.

Jorge’s parents let us stay with them for the first days in Mexico City,
so we didn’t have to pay for a hotel. We went to the official hotel on Saturday
so that I could have one night to get used to the bed before the tournament
started.

I shared room with Mirko Martinez from Switzerland, and played doubles
with Ryan Storrie from Great Britain. We practiced together a lot, so I got to
know them well. It is cool to get to know good people!

I won the first round in both single and double, but lost the second
round. It was tough matches, but I got good experience.

I lost 3/6 4/6 in single against a big Israeli player who beat the
player ranked number 18 in the world in the first round. There was only one
break in each set. I started slow, and he took advantage of it and got an early
break. I was leading 40-15 at 4-4 in the second set, but stressed a little and
made an unforced error. He played too good on the next point. I won the next
point. I should have taken a deep breath and gotten ready for the next point,
but I went too fast, and ended up double faulting twice and hit an unforced
error on his AD.

After Mexico City we went to
Merida in Yucatan.

On the second day Jorge, Ryan Storrie, Ryan’s father Gordon, and I went
to the cinema to watch The Mockingjay Part 2 and to get away from tennis. It is
important to get away sometimes, because I can easily get stressed from being
in the tournament atmosphere for too long.

The club in Merida wasn’t as good as in Mexico City, but it had plenty
of courts and a swimming pool.

It was incredibly hot and humid there. My shorts were dripping after
half an hour.

I lost first round in both single and double. The single was one of the
most annoying matches I have played in a long time. The tournament referees had
schedules all first-round matches to be played on the same day. That is 32
matches for boys and 32 for girls! I was scheduled to play at 3 pm, but didn’t
start until 7 pm, which was at the same time they had chosen to have a ceremony
on centre court for the players with a lot of loud music. My court had bad
lighting and after a bad start it became harder and harder to ignore the music.
I got a warning for yelling “FUCKING MUSIC”. Everybody were thinking it… 😛

I ended up losing 6/0 6/2. The conditions were even for both of us, so I
lost because I dealt with it worse than him.

I have been practicing with music since I got back, so that something
like that won’t happen again.

Jorge
and I went back to Cocoyoc and I practiced with the players on his academy
until I went back to Denmark



Ipoh, Malaysia G4

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Wed, October 28, 2015 16:48:04

Hi from Ipoh

I am on a 4-tournament camp with EuroElite in Asia. We were in Kuching,
Malaysia, last week, and in Ipoh this week.

I won the tournament!!!

After the last match in Kuching, Dave told me that I am reacting to my
opponent’s shots too much, rather than using my patterns and expect a certain
kind of shot. I still need to be ready if my opponent do something unexpected,
but if I hit a deep shot to his backhand, I will move one meter to my backhand
side, so I can hit a forehand on the next shot.

I did that in this tournament and the results were great.

I had to play my first match against V2 (Valdemar Holm) from our team
again! I played in my first match last week.

The score of this match was 7/6 (7) 7/6 (6) and
took three hours! He was leading 6-3 in the first tiebreak, but I made sure to
play safe, because I wanted to make sure that I didn’t give him the set on an
unforced error.

It was pretty simple to win the other matches. I AM NOT SAYING THAT IT
WAS EASY! What I mean by “simple” is that I always had the same tactic, with a
few adjustments depending on whom I played. I hit mostly to the weakness with a
lot of variation until I could get to the net and finish the point.

Dave left on Wednesday with all who had lost, because some had to play
qualifying for a G2 in Thailand and the others would prepare for the main draw.

I stayed in Ipoh with Philip, Henrik, Tobias, Zack, and Sandra. Zack and
Sandra had lost, but they stayed because they had to go home after this
tournament.

We almost made EE history. We had four people in the quarterfinals, so
we hoped to win all matches, and have full EuroElite semifinals. Henrik, Philip
and I won, but Tobias lost a tough 3,5 hour match.

After the tournament, we went to Bangkok to meet up with Dave and the
other guys.



Kuching, Malaysia G3

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Wed, October 28, 2015 16:37:31

I am in Malaysia with team
EuroElite. We are 12 players travelling with the head coach of EE, Dave
Bandelin; 3 Danes, 1 Finn and 9 Swedes.

We arrived as a tired group to
Merdeka Palace in Kuching after almost 24 hours of travelling. That is the
official hotel for the G3 ITF event, which is starting on Tuesday.

I slept almost for almost 12 hours
that night.

We played three hours the next
day. It was very warm and humid, but SO NICE to feel the sensation of hitting
tennis balls after not playing for a couple of days. It didn’t take long before
all of us were soaked in sweat.

Everything is incredibly cheap
here. We ate lunch for 10 Rupees. That is the same as 15 Dkr!

I got to the quarter final, after
winning against Valdemar Holm from our team, and a Malaysian guy called KOAY.
Then I lost 4/6 6/3 6/1 against Jackie TANG from Hong Kong, who ended up
winning the tournament.

I was the one who was in control
of the first set, but he never gave up. We kept our service games until 3-3
40-40 in my serve. The chair umpire called a ball out that was inside the line
on my side of the court. I couldn’t let him call that ball out, so I told him
that the ball was clearly in and that we could replay the point. He refused to
change his call, no matter how many times my opponent and I told him it was in.
The umpire didn’t change the call so I got the point, which of course pissed my
opponent off, but I still had my morality intact. I wouldn’t feel good with
myself if I had done nothing. But again, I would have taken the point with no
objections if had I played against an asshole. But Jackie is a nice guy, so I
did the right thing.

I lost because he wore me down. My
muscles just couldn’t do anymore in the third set. My body language did NOT do
anything to help it either. I was walking slowly, with my shoulders hanging. I
probably looked like “the hunchback from Notradame”. That was a mistake I won’t
make again, and I should not have made it in the first place! I also threw my
racket TWICE! This is not good. I am very embarrassed and angry at myself for
doing so.

Dave has a book called “The little
book of talent”. There is a chapter in it that says, that it is much harder for
the brain to break bad habits, such as throwing rackets, than to create new
ones. So instead of throwing my racket, I will put my racket in my left hand
after every point.

We went to another town in
Malaysia called Ipoh, because we are playing a G4 this week. I am going to play
against Valdemar Holm from our team again if he wins his first round. That is
really bad luck! I have to be careful. It is easy to start thinking that,
because I won last week, I will win again sure. Thinking like that usually
backfires.

Cheers

August



Oberentfelden, Schweiz

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sat, August 01, 2015 19:47:14

I played in
Oberentfelden, Switzerland.

I lost the first
round in singles against the 7th seeded, Juri Radionov from Austria,
and second round of double against the 2nd seeded from France and
Spain.

Single:

I volleyed well
in the first set, but missed many smashes. They became better in the second
set.

I was good from the baseline. I attacked him with my forehand, and kept
him neutralized with my backhand. I won most of the long rallies.

In the first set, I tried to do too much with my first serve, so I
missed, and he got the opportunity to attack my second serves.

They were better in the second set. I concentrated on the placement of
my serves, instead of the power, and I created many service winners or
opportunities to attack.

We got new balls in the third set. I kept my first service game, but in
the second I made 2 unforced errors and he hit two great shots. In my third
game, I made 3 double faults!!!

I couldn’t break him back, because he served much hard with the new
balls, and he started to do serve-volley, which he was very good at.

It was a good
fight and a good preparation for DM (Danish championship). We had high paced
rallies and lots of great points. I am just angry and disappointed about
letting him break me in the third set.

Double:

I played double
with Luis Erlenbusch from Germany. We won the first match 7/5 6/1 after being
behind 1/5. At that point Luis and I decided to serve more in the middle and be
very aggressive at the net.

This match really
shows that small changes can have a huge impact on the outcome of a match.

We lost the
second round 6/7 (5) 7/5 5-10.

We could have won the match! Luis was serving at 5/4 in the first set,
but we got broken.



Århus ITF, G5, Week starting the 22nd of June, 2015

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sun, June 28, 2015 22:05:53

I played an ITF
in Aarhus this week. I lost the semifinal in single and second round in double.

I still have pain
in my back. The physiotherapists told me that it is because of misplaced
vertebra, and that it pushes some of my ribs forward. They told me that the
cause is over-exertion, so I am letting my body rest today and tomorrow.

I played double
with Bart Stevens. We lost in the second round. That was surprising, because we
won the tournament last week in Odense. We didn’t play at our top level, while
they played at their very best. I missed a lot of volleys and Bart thought his
returns were off, so we made it hard for us to win. Maybe we got too careless
because we had won the week earlier. That was a stupid mistake.

I have been
trying to vary my shots when I play single so that I can create opportunities.
Another smart thing about playing with variation is that it forces me to get
many balls in. I am going to the net as soon as I get an opportunity and it is
working great.

A “bad” thing
about my game these past two weeks is that when I was in the lead, I got
careless. Therefore 6 out of 9 of my single matches have been in three sets.
That could be one of the reasons why my back is over-exerted.

Jonas (my coach)
told me that I needed to have faster racket speed when I hit groundstrokes. He
said that it looked like I was holding back when I played. I have to RIP IT with
determination and power.

I became better at doing so after loosing the first set 7/6 in the
quarterfinal against Aaron Schmid from Switzerland. I won the second and third
6/2 6/0.

I played
semi-final against Bart Stevens. The first 6 games were incredible. I think
that neither of us made more than 3 mistakes. The rest of the points were
winners. After that I started missing a lot. I lost 6/4 6/2

After the match, Jonas told me that it looked like I didn’t believe
that I was able to keep playing in the level we played in in the start. I have
to trust myself and keep hitting as hard as my court position allows.



From Bytom and Odense

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sun, June 28, 2015 22:05:17

Last week I
played an ITF tournament in Bytom, Poland. I lost the second round in singles
against the first seeded and became a finalist in double with my partner
Mateusz Smolicki from Warszawa.

No one from
Denmark could go with me so I travelled on my own. Luckily I knew some guys
from Netherland, who were also playing. I also got to know a cool Australian
team. It’s fun to travel and meet new people.

It was a G 3
tournament so I got full hospitality in hostel Bytom.

Bytom is a nice town
with many beautiful old buildings and friendly people.

The most
important thing I learned from the tournament was from the single match I lost.
My opponent had incredible volleys and went to the net as soon as he got me in
defence. His touch was unreal! It got me thinking, that I should do the same
thing. I love to attack and go to the net, so why stay at the baseline if I get
an opportunity to get to the net?

I am currently
playing a G 4 ITF in Odense, Denmark. I have tried to go more to the net and I
have been very successful in doing so. Sure, I get passed sometimes, but as
long as I keep wining more points from the net than I lose, I think it is a
pretty good tactic.

This is actually one of the reasons I have been able to win three
single matches so far. During the first round, I played a Spanish guy, who was
incredibly consistent. I simply couldn’t beat him from the baseline, and when I
got a good opportunity I got tense and missed. I believe that the reason for
that is that I tried to win too much, instead of concentrating on the process.
I have to focus on getting better every time I step on the court, and if I win,
then that is a bonus. I realised that at 4/6 1/4. He played well in the next
game, but after that I got back one point at the time. I focused on getting in
good position to every shot and on going to the net, as soon as I got him on
the run. I won 4/6 – 7/6 (5) – 6/4.

I won the next
two rounds by concentrating on the process and going to the net as soon as I
could. I lost the quarterfinal 6/1 7/6
6/1. I won the second set by going the net a lot. For some reason I stopped
approaching the net in the third set. It was probably because I was afraid of
getting passed. I lost because of a bad mind-set. I will get passed at the net,
and that is something that I have to accept, but as long as I win more points
from the net than I lose, then the tactic is successful.

I won the double
with Bart Stevens. We played aggressively and approached the net as often as we
could.

I have had pain
in my back since Thursday and it hurts when I breathe and hit backhands. I hope
it will get better soon.



Antalya, Turkey

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Wed, April 08, 2015 17:17:27

I have been
improving my skills in Antalya since the 25th of March. It started
out as a camp, and finished with an ITF tournament. I lost the third round of
singles to the finalist, 3-5 4-1 10-8. Because of rain we were unable to play
for two days, so the tournament director decided to play short sets to 4 games,
and a match tiebreak in the third set.

I went with team
Euro Elite. We were 12 players on the tour and 2 coaches (Dave Bandelin and
Kalle Averfalk). We had fantastic practices and learned a lot. The main theme
of the tour was “Grinding”. Grinding means, to get MANY balls in with a
purpose. All players who made it to the semifinals (two of them were Danish,
Philip Hjort and Johannes Ingildsen) there, because they knew when to grind,
and are good at it.

We stayed at Hotel
Riu Kaya Belek. It is very beautiful, is right next to the beach, has so much
good food, and 10 clay courts!

I would recommend
it to anybody who is going to Antalya.

I played double
with Johannes Ingildsen. We made it to the semi-finals, and withdrew after that.



DM og uge 11

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Tue, March 17, 2015 20:21:34

In week number 10 I played the Danish championship for seniors in
Odense. I lost my match in the second round to Mohamed Shabib, who lost the
final playing against Philip Ørnø. I found out more about, what I need to do
better in order to improve. I have to be more determined about where to place
the ball, especially if I have an opportunity to attack. Many of my shots were
not precise enough, so it was easy for Mohamed to get to them, and hit great
shots back at me.

This week I
focused on being more determined, and my strokes have definitely improved a
bit. I also practised my running technique. I have a tendency to straighten my
legs before I run, instead of just doing the split-step and stay in that height
as I run. This way I will get to the ball a lot faster. It was difficult to
change. My coaches have made me run SO MUCH this week, but it helped, and I am
faster than before.

I had this weird
practice with Michael Tauson. He was making me run, and I had to hit every ball
back at him. It was very exhausting. I was out of breath after just a few
minutes. I only had the energy to concentrate on getting the ball back. What to
eat for dinner didn’t even cross my mind. I think he made me run 5-6 minutes
before the first break. And the interesting part is that I almost didn’t miss
the entire time. And it was fun! Just me, the ball and Michael. Nothing else.
No worries. I will try to find that feeling again in the week to come. Maybe it
is just about passion for the game?



Gjövik Porche Open

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Fri, February 27, 2015 06:07:47

Last week I
played an ITF tournament in Gjövik, Norway. I lost the quarterfinal in single
and first round in double.

I went there with
my mother. I usually don’t travel with one of my parents, but it was actually
quite fun. She washed my clothes, cooked food, and we had some deadly card
games (if I won ;).

It was not entirely necessary for her to go with me, but she wanted to,
and we made the trip into a kind of mother-son vacation.

Gjövik is the
slipperiest city I have ever been in. There was ice everywhere. They spread
some clay/stone on the ice, but it was still very slippery.

It was a cosy town. They had ski hills where some of the other guys
from the tournament went sledging. I decided that I would wait until the
tournament finished. I wouldn’t risk getting injured.

I was very
nervous when I played single. I had played poorly and lost the first round in
the last two tournaments, and I was afraid that that was going to happen again.
Because I was seeded 3, I felt like I had to win this match. I was ranked 370
and he was 1000. But as I had experienced during the last two tournaments, that
mind-set does nothing but damage to my game.

I played against Marcus Sulen, and I barely won in three sets, 4/6 –
6/2 – 6/3.

I played the last match. The previous matched on my court had taken a
long time, so I started at 20.45. I had prepared for a late match by sleeping a
lot during the morning and afternoon. My mother and I went to look around in
Gjövik so watching tennis all day wouldn’t tire me.

I was going to
play the second round against David Nordfelt, who beat me last time we played.
I talked with Jonas (my coach) about my fear of losing, when I am ranked higher
than my opponent. He told me not to think about the ranking, to trust my game
and focus on what I can control. I did that, and I played great! I won 6/7 (5)
– 6/4 – 6/2.

I played the
third match against Daniel Izadifar from Norway. He was leading 5/3 in the
first set, when I twisted my ankle. After that, I couldn’t run, but I played
anyway. I knew that I would lose long rallies, so I went for a winner as soon
as possible. It looked like he didn’t know how to handle playing against an
injured, because he suddenly missed a lot more. I won the second.

I didn’t have a chance in the third. He played much better. He won the
match 6/3 2/6 6/0. My ankle is ok now, but I had to withdraw from a tournament
in Oslo.

I played double
with Salvador Bandeira from Portugal. We lost first round to Patrick
Kristiansen from Denmark and Carl-Johan Prioset from Sweden. Neither Salvador
nor I volleyed well during the match. I missed so many shots at the net, and
Salvador couldn’t hit a winner when he had the chance. We were solid from the
baseline, but that was not enough to win this match.



KB ITF

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Fri, February 27, 2015 06:05:46

I played an ITF
tournament in KB from February 9th – 15th.

I lost first
round of single, but won the tournament in double.

I was very
nervous, because I had played bad and lost first round in the last tournament
in Sweden. But I still had a fantastic hit-in with Michael Tauson (one of my
coaches in Gentofte), and felt ready for the single. The match was 2 hours
delayed. It is annoying, but it is just a part of playing tennis tournaments.
KB tennis club has a nice and big indoor tennis hall, where I laid on a thick
carpet and listened to the matched in progress. During that time I tried to
relax my body while focusing on my game plan.

The match started out pretty well. We both played well. I had at least
five break points in his second service game, but I couldn’t break him. After
that I became really nervous every time I got a break point and I held back on
every backhand. I couldn’t break him and I had more than 15 break points in the
match! In the end I lost 7/5 6/3.

I played double
with Kristjan Tamm from Estonia.

During our
matches we generally used a technique, which is referred to as the “Australian”
or “I-formation”. When one of us served, we would both stand in the middle. One
at the baseline and one at the net. And after the serve each of us would go to
a side (obviously not the same side). Our opponents didn’t know which side the
guy at the net went to, so if the returner hit the ball to Kristjan or me at
the net, we would usually get an easy volley and hit a winner.

That was actually
how we won the final. Our opponents always hit the ball in the same direction
on the return, so every time we used the I-formation technique and went to that
side, we won the point. Therefor they couldn’t break us and we just had to
break them once per set. It was very simple and fun. We could see how irritated
our opponents were, because they knew what we would do, but they couldn’t do
anything to prevent it J



KB Julecup

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Thu, January 08, 2015 19:11:40

I won The KB
julecup U18 in Copenhagen, which is played from Dec 27 to Dec 30. I really
wanted to win this, because I lost in the final in 2013.

I played my first
match against Muslim Zaurbekov. I won 6/2 6/2. It was interesting to play,
because the club KB had got a new digital device, which is able to film and analyse
the matches played on court 4 (our court). This way, I was able to see the
match when I got home, and find out what I needed to improve for the next one.

I played the
second match against Emil Arleth 6/0 6/2. Even though the score shows that this
was an easy win, the match was not like that at all. Most of our games were
tough. We played a lot of long, hard points, and it was 40-40 in many games.

I didn’t like the semi-final.
I played against Thomas Lindqvist. The match was even, and we played many tough
points. That is one of the things I love most about tennis. The fight. But we
both thought the other guy cheated! I had to get a referee on the court,
because I just didn’t trust Thomas anymore. So throughout the match, there was
this angry atmosphere. And because I let myself get angry, I started to get
annoyed by things I would usually ignore, like when Thomas dad clapped after I
had made a shitty mistake (which he did a lot). But fortunately I won 7/6(5)
6/3.

I played the final
against Kasper Elsvad. He had just played a long three set match against Peter
Kampen.

I lost the first set 7/5. I played coast to coast (from side to side)
and looked for an opening, but he is incredibly fast and neutralized many of my
shots.

After the first set I decided that I wasn’t going to win by playing
that way, so I tried another one of my favourite patterns, 3-1. I hit three
shots to the ad side and one to the deuce side. It worked. He expected me to
change direction and make him run, like in the previous set, and got surprised
when I didn’t. That was my chance, and I often got to the net on the third shot
to the ad side and finished the point.

Eventually, Kasper felt the exhaustion from his match against Peter,
and his legs started to cramp. He withdrew, after I won the second set 6/0.



San Remo, Italien

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Thu, December 18, 2014 05:52:42

I have been in San Remo since Monday the 7th
of December. I am staying with my favourite Italian family, Maria and
Caecare Dondi. As usual I play tennis from 7.45 – 10, followed by 1 hours of
physical training (in the gym). Then I have two hours off before we start to
practice again. 2 hours of tennis followed by one hour of physical training.

I have been
working on consistency and accuracy. I need to be consistent in every stroke.
What I mean by that is to swing the racket the same way every time. Sometimes I
have too much excessive movement.

I have been
practising a lot of patterns, especially “two cross, one down-the-line”. The
coaches made a line approximately two metres from each single line, and we had
to hit all three shots between the single line and the new line to succeed in
doing one set.

If we were lucky
we only had to do 50 sets 2 times each. Only one person can change the
direction in this drill, so we both had to be the one changing direction twice.
But most of the time we have to do it 4 times each.

I met some new
people here. Two Canadians. They are really cool and play good. It is always
nice to get new friends J



junior GPS

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sat, December 13, 2014 12:33:18

I played the
junior Grand Prix Cup last weekend. It is a tournament for the 8 players who
got the most points during some specific U18 tournaments throughout the year.

In the tournament there are four players in each pool, and from the
pools, the two players who get the best results will get into the semi-final.

I won all three
matches and got into the semi. I had to play against Axel Cronje and in the
other semi were Philip Hjort and Simon Friis Søndergaard. But Simon had to
withdraw because of a knee injury.

I won against Axel. It took almost three hours. Then I had one hour of
rest before I had to play against Philip, whom I had beaten in our match in the
first round 7/5, 6/4. I was pretty tired, but I played amazingly and won the
first set 6/0. After that, he started to play a better, he kept his serve and
broke me once. 6/4. In the third set, we both kept our serves until I broke him
at 4/4. “I just have to keep my serve,” I thought. But I was nervous and tensed
up a bit. And as most tennis players know, it is almost impossible to play good
when you are too tense. He broke back and won his service game. I won the next
game, so we had to play a tiebreak. Philip played the tiebreak the right way;
playing basic tennis, keeping a lot of balls in, attacking when he had an
opportunity, while I wanted to finish points too quickly. Therefore I made way
too many mistakes and gave away the tiebreak.



Home sweet home

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Wed, December 03, 2014 20:13:43

Denmark again.
The cold hit me from the moment I stepped out of the airplane.

Dave, Johannes and I arrived in Copenhagen after 33 hours of
travelling. We left Merida, Mexico, Sunday 11 AM, and arrived in Copenhagen
Monday 8 PM.

I learned a lot
from my trip to Mexico. I saw the best players in the world. I noticed what
they do well, and I’m trying to add that to my game.

I saw Chichen
Itza (Mayan pyramids), and had a lot of fun with my team. So all in all… this
has been a successful trip for me.

I will not play
any ITF’s for the next couple of weeks, so now I have to practice. A lot!

Generally, when I don’t play tournaments, I do physical exercises about
1,5 hours per day, and play tennis at least 2,5 hours every day, except Sunday,
which is my rest day.

I am going to
play junior GPS championship this week. I play the first match Friday, and the second
and third match Saturday. If I win the matches I will play semi-final and
hopefully also final Sunday.



Merida ITF grade 1

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Wed, December 03, 2014 20:13:05

After Mexico City
we went to Merida at the Yucatan peninsula to play another ITF (grade 1).

I won the
qualification, but lost a close first round match in the main draw 4/6 6/4 6/2
to Joel Cannel who made it to the quarterfinal. I played with Nam in the
doubles and we won the first match, but lost the second.

Joe and I lived
with a nice family and the other guys stayed at a hotel.

Here is what 2 of
our days were like.

Blog 25/11/14

Today, we, Joe
and I, woke up to yet another day at this great place. We only had to play
doubles today, so we could sleep for as long as we wanted to. Nice.

We chilled during
the morning, and did a good hour of physical exercise in the afternoon. After
the workout, Joe and I had a deadly table tennis match. The winner got to push
the loser in the cold swimming pool. I lost…

Nam and I won the
double 6/2 6/1 against two Mexicans.

I have seen the
1# in the world, Andrey Rublev play a couple times this week. He plays very
aggressive and misses a lot, but what I noticed is that after he does an
unforced error, he rarely does another one on the next point. I like that, and
will try to work it into my own game.

Blog 26/11/14

Today I played
lots of tennis. First I played a practice set with a Brazilian guy. I lost 6/0.
I think I was trying so hard to win that I got tense and couldn’t play well.

An hour later a played another practice match against an Egyptian boy and
I played some of the best tennis in my life. This time I didn’t really care
about the result. I just focused on my game.

Nam and I lost
the double 6 /4 6/3. It was a close match and few points decided the outcome.
Tough match…



asia tour – bangkok 2

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Mon, November 10, 2014 19:40:54

I played the last
tournament in Asia this week. I won the first round 6/0 6/2 but lost the second
to the 6th seeded 5/7 7/5 6/4. It took at least 3 hours, and after
the match I was cramping so much, that I had to be carried onto a chair by
three people. I had opportunities to win, but I let them go… I had this EASY
volley at 3/3, 40-15, his serve, but I let it go. I was hoping it would go out.
That was one of the few points that made me loose this match.

I played double
with Patrick Kristensen. We won the first round 6/4 6/2 and lost the second 7/5
6/4 against the 6th seeded.



asia tour – bangkok 1

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Mon, November 10, 2014 19:40:18

I played the
grade 2 tournament in Bangkok.

I won my first
round 6/0 7/6 (1). I was leading 5/2 and was thinking that I had won, but he
kept hitting the balls, and he came back. I ended up leading 6/5, 40 -40 and
then we got stopped by rain. I went out and got a pep talk from Dave, came back
on the court an hour later and… made 2 quick unforced errors in a row. In the
tiebreak, I hit the ball hard whenever I had the opportunity and my goal was to
go to the net, because I had made won 80 % of my winners from there. I did that
and ended up winning 7-1, so that is what I am going to do from now on J

I lost the second
round to 4th seeded Brian Tran 6/4 6/1. It was like playing against
a wall. When I won points I was usually long and hard points, but most of his
points came from quick mistakes from me.



Asia tour – Ku Chi, Borneo

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Tue, October 21, 2014 05:23:37

I played the second of four tournaments. I lost the quarterfinal 6/4 7/5
against Tiago Cacao from Portugal (he won the tournament in Ipoh). I won the
first round 6/0 6/1, the second round against 2nd seeded Francoir
Kellerman 1/6 6/1 6/3, and the third round 6/4 6/3 against Artem from our team.

I have been sick for two days with a little fever (37,8) and stomach
aches. Luckily Dave gave me some pills, which helped me a lot.

We went to an orangutang reserve but we didn’t see any orangutangs. They
didn’t show up because it is the fruit season, so they just ate fruits from the
trees and not the food the feeders gave them.

Because I made it to the quarterfinals I stayed there until Saturday,
while Dave and the rest of the team went to Bangkok to sign in for the
qualifying for a grade 2 tournament. I am staying with a coach, Jun, who has
been a friend of Dave for more than 10 years. He is taking me to the airport
and if his player lost today we will all travel to Bangkok, where we meet up
with Dave. If not, Jun will take me to the airport, and I will travel to
Thailand by myself.



Asia tour – Ipoh

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Tue, October 21, 2014 05:22:46

Jeg har spillet første turnering i Malaysia. Jeg havde
”by” i første runde og vandt anden imod en fra Malaysien, men tabte tredje
runde 1/6 7/6 (9-7) 3/6 til Okkie Kellerman.

Vi har indtil videre arbejdet meget på at trække
vejret, være i god position og afslutte alle slag, hver gang vi slår til
bolden.

Linnea Bjørk fra Sverige var den af os der kom længst.
Hun nåede kvartfinalen, hvor hun tabte til en Kineser.

Vi spillede på hard court og der er få dommere så der
blev snydt en del. Derfor har vi i denne uge trænet meget på at spille i ”small
court” (ca. 1,5 m inden for alle linjer) af mange grunde:

1.
Så kan bolden
ikke dømmes ude.

2.
Selvom man rammer
bolden for sent eller tidligt vil bolden stadig være inde + i varmen vil bolden
også flyve længere og stadig lande i banen.

3.
Hvis man laver en
”vinder” når bolden lander langt inden for linjerne frustrerer det modstanderen
meget mere end, hvis man laver et slag der sidder på linjen, som kan
klassificeres som ”held”.

De næste blogs jeg laver vil være på engelsk. Jeg har
jo ikke længere så meget skole og det er en god måde jeg kan træne mit engelsk,
så bær over med mig, hvis der er flere mærkelige formuleringer i mine tekster
end der plejer.



Asia tour – Ipoh

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Tue, October 21, 2014 05:22:44

Jeg har spillet første turnering i Malaysia. Jeg havde
”by” i første runde og vandt anden imod en fra Malaysien, men tabte tredje
runde 1/6 7/6 (9-7) 3/6 til Okkie Kellerman.

Vi har indtil videre arbejdet meget på at trække
vejret, være i god position og afslutte alle slag, hver gang vi slår til
bolden.

Linnea Bjørk fra Sverige var den af os der kom længst.
Hun nåede kvartfinalen, hvor hun tabte til en Kineser.

Vi spillede på hard court og der er få dommere så der
blev snydt en del. Derfor har vi i denne uge trænet meget på at spille i ”small
court” (ca. 1,5 m inden for alle linjer) af mange grunde:

1.
Så kan bolden
ikke dømmes ude.

2.
Selvom man rammer
bolden for sent eller tidligt vil bolden stadig være inde + i varmen vil bolden
også flyve længere og stadig lande i banen.

3.
Hvis man laver en
”vinder” når bolden lander langt inden for linjerne frustrerer det modstanderen
meget mere end, hvis man laver et slag der sidder på linjen, som kan
klassificeres som ”held”.

De næste blogs jeg laver vil være på engelsk. Jeg har
jo ikke længere så meget skole og det er en god måde jeg kan træne mit engelsk,
så bær over med mig, hvis der er flere mærkelige formuleringer i mine tekster
end der plejer.



Asia tour – Vietnam

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Tue, October 21, 2014 05:21:08

Jeg
har været i Asien fra 26/9. Her skal jeg og et hold af 12 (danskere: jeg,
Tobias Lents, Patrik Kristensen, Philip Hjort. Svenskere: Linea Bjørk,
Josephine Strandfors, Ennis Zander. Vietnamesere: David, Foung og Tiffany
Nguyen, Vu Artem og Hung Houhg) spillere spille 4 ITF turneringer.

I den
første uge var vi i Vietnam for at vænne os til varmen, og mødes med de 5
Vietnamesere.

Vi
boede i Ho Chi Minh City. Det var ekstremt varmt! Jeg kunne ikke holde ud at spille
i solen i mere end 20 minutter. Vi spillede 2 gange om dagen og lavede fysisk
træning 1 gang.

30/9
tog vi til Ku Chi Tunnels, hvor vi så de tunneller, som vietnamesserne brugte i
krigen imod USA.



Luzern, Schweiz

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sat, September 13, 2014 19:16:10

Igen
fik jeg bye i første runde i single og double.

Anden
runde:

Jeg
spille imod Giordan Kunz. Jeg vandt 7/5 6/3. Jeg var tålmodig og prøvede på at
bygge pointene op. Når han skulle løbe ud i siderne valgte han ofte at slice,
så hver gang han gjorde det løb jeg frem til nettet.

Tredje runde

Jeg spillede imod Luca Keist
fra Schweiz

Tabte
4/6 6/2 6/3

Jeg
missede meget. Og følte mig tung og langsom. Det regnede om morgenen så jeg
havde ikke mulighed for at slå ind før kampen. Han spillede sikkert, men
langsomt og ventede på, at jeg lavede fejl eller en kort bold, som han ville
angribe. Han var en dårligere version af Marvin Moeller som jeg tabte til i
sidste uge. Jeg sigtede alt for tæt på linjerne og var utålmodig på de forkerte
slag.

Jeg spillede double med Vital Leuch fra
Lichtenstein, som jeg vandt sidste turnering med.

Vi fik bye i første og workover i anden kamp.
Derefter tabte vi 6/3 6/3 til det første seedede par. Vores mål var at komme
frem til nettet på alle muligheder, men når vi løb, frem fik de næsten altid
lagt bolden lavt, så vi blev nødt til at slå opad. Når det skete var den af
dem, der var ved nettet og hurtig til at flugte på bolden. Vi lavede også nogle
sløsede fejl som fik os breaket. Det var svært at breake dem tilbage og det var
det ene break i hvert sæt, der kostede os kampen.



Kreuzlingen, Bodensee, Schweiz

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sat, September 13, 2014 19:15:25

undskyld at disse to blogs er forsinkede! Min computer har ikke haft internetforbindelse imens jeg var i Schweiz 🙁

I denne uge spiller jeg den
første af tre turneringer i Schweiz. Jeg fik bye i første runde i single og
double.

Jeg kom til kvartfinalen i
single og vandt turneringen i double sammen med min makker Vital Leuch fra
Liechtenstein.

I min første single spillede
jeg imod Patrick Hartmeyer fra Schweiz.

Han havde en god inside-out
forhånd, så jeg prøvede at slå bolden ned i hans baghånd. Han var hurtig til at
komme rundt om og slå forhånd, så jeg blev tit nødt til at slå en longline
baghånd, som er mit hadeslag. Det virkede godt, for af en eller anden grund
holdt han igen, når han slog forhånd fra lige side. Så når han slog forhånd fra
lige side kunne jeg angribe ham og dermed få overtaget i duellerne.

I min anden kamp spillede
jeg også imod en fra Schweiz. Han spillede fuldstændig som ham fra første kamp,
bortset fra at han havde en-hånds-baghånd. Han slog gode inside out slag med
forhånden, men når han skulle slå fra lige side, holdt han igen.

Jeg startede kampen ud med
mit sædvanlige offensive spil og fik hurtigt breaket ham. Derefter begyndte han
at lave mange uprovokerede fejl, så jeg valgte at holde lidt igen og lade ham
blive ved med at lave fejl, uden at jeg risikerede at misse. Men jeg havde ikke
tænkt på, at han missede fordi jeg hele tiden pressede ham, så han kom stille
og roligt tilbage i kampen og førte 5/3. Jeg begyndte at spille offensivt igen,
og han begyndte endnu engang at misse. Jeg vandt sættet 7/6(4). I andet sæt
blev jeg ved med at spille offensivt. Han var helt nede over at have tabt
første sæt, og gjorde kun et halvhjertet forsøg på at vinde point. Det
resulterede i, at jeg vandt 6/0!

Jeg skulle spille
kvartfinale imod 3. seedede Marvin Moeller fra Tyskland.

Jeg tabte 6/2 6/1. Det var
ikke, fordi jeg spillede dårligt eller noget. Han spillede bare på et niveau
lige over mit. Han spillede hurtigt og missede sjældent. Jeg kunne godt følge
med i pointene, men kunne bare ikke få bolden godt nok tilbage tilstrækkeligt
mange gange. Hvis jeg lavede et kort slag, var han lynhurtigt fremme ved bolden
og angreb mig.

Så nu ved jeg i hvert fald,
hvad der skal arbejdes på.

Jeg har som sagt spillet
double med Vital Leuch fra Liechtenstein.

Jeg havde lige side og han
havde ulige side.

Vi spillede offensivt og gik
meget til nettet. det virkede godt. Vi vandt første kamp 7/6(5) 6/4.

Vi spiller godt sammen og
cruisede igennem anden kamp imod 3. seedede med en sejr på 6/2 6/2.

Så vandt vi over 1. Seedede
6/4 6/3. Det var en god sejr for en af modstanderne var Marvin Moeller, som jeg
tabte til i single.

Finalen vandt vi over det 2.
seedede par 2/6 6/4 12-10. Vi var begge nervøse og lavede mange fejl i første
sæt. Jeg var vred på mig selv over, at vi var kommet så langt, og var bange for
at snuble på målstregen. I andet sæt var jeg meget koncentreret og beslutsom i
alle slag, og vi fik endelig breaket dem ved 4/3. Nu skulle jeg bare serve
sættet hjem. Jeg havde kun tabt 1 af mine servepartier i hele double
turneringen. Men jeg blev nervøs og missede to nemme bolde, og derefter lavede
jeg to dobbeltfejl!

Heldigvis breakede vi dem
igen i næste parti.

Vi spillede alle ret godt i
matchtiebreaken, men de kom foran 9-6. Jeg skulle serve. Jeg tog en dyb
indånding, jeg så den kommende serv for mit indre, og gik frem til linjen og
satte bolden på singlelinjen. Han fik den tilbage, men jeg lavede en vinder på
næste slag. I næste point landede min 2. serv på servelinjen og
hoppede skævt. Det blev 10-9 til dem og så lavede de pludselig 3 mærkelige
fejl.

Første ITF titel!!!



Kreuzlingen, Bodensee, Schweiz

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sat, September 13, 2014 19:15:24

undskyld at disse to blogs er forsinkede! Min computer har ikke haft internetforbindelse imens jeg var i Schweiz 🙁

I denne uge spiller jeg den
første af tre turneringer i Schweiz. Jeg fik bye i første runde i single og
double.

Jeg kom til kvartfinalen i
single og vandt turneringen i double sammen med min makker Vital Leuch fra
Liechtenstein.

I min første single spillede
jeg imod Patrick Hartmeyer fra Schweiz.

Han havde en god inside-out
forhånd, så jeg prøvede at slå bolden ned i hans baghånd. Han var hurtig til at
komme rundt om og slå forhånd, så jeg blev tit nødt til at slå en longline
baghånd, som er mit hadeslag. Det virkede godt, for af en eller anden grund
holdt han igen, når han slog forhånd fra lige side. Så når han slog forhånd fra
lige side kunne jeg angribe ham og dermed få overtaget i duellerne.

I min anden kamp spillede
jeg også imod en fra Schweiz. Han spillede fuldstændig som ham fra første kamp,
bortset fra at han havde en-hånds-baghånd. Han slog gode inside out slag med
forhånden, men når han skulle slå fra lige side, holdt han igen.

Jeg startede kampen ud med
mit sædvanlige offensive spil og fik hurtigt breaket ham. Derefter begyndte han
at lave mange uprovokerede fejl, så jeg valgte at holde lidt igen og lade ham
blive ved med at lave fejl, uden at jeg risikerede at misse. Men jeg havde ikke
tænkt på, at han missede fordi jeg hele tiden pressede ham, så han kom stille
og roligt tilbage i kampen og førte 5/3. Jeg begyndte at spille offensivt igen,
og han begyndte endnu engang at misse. Jeg vandt sættet 7/6(4). I andet sæt
blev jeg ved med at spille offensivt. Han var helt nede over at have tabt
første sæt, og gjorde kun et halvhjertet forsøg på at vinde point. Det
resulterede i, at jeg vandt 6/0!

Jeg skulle spille
kvartfinale imod 3. seedede Marvin Moeller fra Tyskland.

Jeg tabte 6/2 6/1. Det var
ikke, fordi jeg spillede dårligt eller noget. Han spillede bare på et niveau
lige over mit. Han spillede hurtigt og missede sjældent. Jeg kunne godt følge
med i pointene, men kunne bare ikke få bolden godt nok tilbage tilstrækkeligt
mange gange. Hvis jeg lavede et kort slag, var han lynhurtigt fremme ved bolden
og angreb mig.

Så nu ved jeg i hvert fald,
hvad der skal arbejdes på.

Jeg har som sagt spillet
double med Vital Leuch fra Liechtenstein.

Jeg havde lige side og han
havde ulige side.

Vi spillede offensivt og gik
meget til nettet. det virkede godt. Vi vandt første kamp 7/6(5) 6/4.

Vi spiller godt sammen og
cruisede igennem anden kamp imod 3. seedede med en sejr på 6/2 6/2.

Så vandt vi over 1. Seedede
6/4 6/3. Det var en god sejr for en af modstanderne var Marvin Moeller, som jeg
tabte til i single.

Finalen vandt vi over det 2.
seedede par 2/6 6/4 12-10. Vi var begge nervøse og lavede mange fejl i første
sæt. Jeg var vred på mig selv over, at vi var kommet så langt, og var bange for
at snuble på målstregen. I andet sæt var jeg meget koncentreret og beslutsom i
alle slag, og vi fik endelig breaket dem ved 4/3. Nu skulle jeg bare serve
sættet hjem. Jeg havde kun tabt 1 af mine servepartier i hele double
turneringen. Men jeg blev nervøs og missede to nemme bolde, og derefter lavede
jeg to dobbeltfejl!

Heldigvis breakede vi dem
igen i næste parti.

Vi spillede alle ret godt i
matchtiebreaken, men de kom foran 9-6. Jeg skulle serve. Jeg tog en dyb
indånding, jeg så den kommende serv for mit indre, og gik frem til linjen og
satte bolden på singlelinjen. Han fik den tilbage, men jeg lavede en vinder på
næste slag. I næste point landede min 2. serv på servelinjen og
hoppede skævt. Det blev 10-9 til dem og så lavede de pludselig 3 mærkelige
fejl.

Første ITF titel!!!



Bob Brett T.A

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sun, August 24, 2014 15:18:04

undskyld den sene blog. jeg troede jeg havde lagt den ud men åbenbart ikke…

De sidste 3 uger har jeg
været i San Remo, Italien, for at spille på Bob Brett Tennis Academy.

Jeg spillede tennis fra kl.
7.45 – 10 og kl. 13 – 15 mandag til fredag. Jeg lavede også fysisk træning 10 –
11 og 15 – 16. Om lørdagen var der kun træning fra 8 – 10. Intet fysisk
træning. Der var ingen træning om søndagen.

Der var mange gode spillere
dernede. Fx var der en 20-årig franskmand som har ligget 16 på ITF ranglisten. Frederikke
Svarre fra Hillerød TK var der anden og tredje uge.

Når jeg ikke var ved tennis
anlægget boede jeg 10 minutter derfra hos en sød familie.

Mens jeg var dernede arbejdede
jeg meget på mit benarbejde og stabilitet i mit spil. Til fysisk løb vi næsten
hver dag, og her i den sidste uge er jeg begyndt at kunne mærke, at jeg er
blevet mere udholdende.

Cheftræneren Bob Brett var
der i de første 2 uger. Når han er på banen giver han mange gode råd om taktik
og teknik. Dog bliver jeg altid lidt bange når jeg ser ham i nærheden, for når
han kommer, skal vi tit lave fodrings øvelser, og man skal blive ved, til man
er ved at kaste op.

Noget af det bedste ved BBTA
er at der er få spillere pr. bane og mange trænere.

Det har været 3 gode uger og
nu er jeg klar til DM.



Tennis Club Sparta Praha

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sun, August 24, 2014 15:15:57

Siden mandag har jeg været i Prag, hvor jeg har trænet i en klub der hedder ” TK Sparta”. Jeg tog herned fordi Euro Elites cheftræner, David Bandelin, anbefalede mig stedet. Min tanke var at, hvis det var godt, ville jeg kunne komme herned nogle uger af gangen, lige som på Bob Brett Tennisacademy i San Rmo i Italien, og træne. Jeg var derudover også interesseret i tjekkernes træningsmetoder. Jeg er nemlig blevet fortalt, at Tjekkiet har et af de bedste juniorhold i Europa.
Det, der blev arbejdet på imens jeg var der, var, at spille meget aggressivt, og samtidig at lave få fejl.
Det var meget intensiv træning. Da vi spillede, skulle vi virkelig kæmpe hårdt, men kun i kort tid, og så var der pause. Sådan blev intensitetsniveauet ved med at være højt.
Der var træning 2 x 1,5 time pr. dag, og fysisk træning 1 time om dagen. Jeg syntes ikke, det var nok, så jeg fik arrangeret noget mere træning med Euro Elite holdet, som tilfældigvis også var der for at spille en Tennis Europe turnering.
Men noget, jeg slet ikke kan lide, er, at her planlægger de dagene en efter en. Så om eftermiddagen beslutter de, hvornår der skal spilles næste dag. Det gør det meget svært at aftale træning uden om mine spilletider med klubben. Fx skulle jeg en dag spille med EE kl. 7.30 om morgenen, og lige før får jeg at vide, at jeg har træning kl. 09. Så er det ret svært at koordinere.
Desuden synes jeg også, at det er for dyrt. Jeg skal betale €400, plus flybillet, hotel og mad, for at være der i fem dage, og det er bare ikke det værd.
Så denne uge har været lidt af en fiasko, bortset fra selve træningen, som var god.



UM 2014

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Sat, July 19, 2014 15:02:28

UM, 7.-12.juli, 2014, HIKs anlæg.

1. runde: Martin Nygård

Jeg vandt 6/1 7/6 (10-8).
Jeg spillede godt i første sæt. Min taktik var at spille høje bolde i hans
baghånd, for næsten hver gang jeg gjorde det, spillede han korte bolde tilbage,
som jeg kunne angribe. Sådan spillede jeg igennem hele første sæt. I andet sæt
ændrede han sit spil. Han begyndte at skyde fladt og hårdt. Og i stedet for at
blive ved med at spille de høje topspundne bolde i hans baghånd, skød jeg fladt
tilbage til ham. Det skulle jeg ikke have gjort, for bolden kom nemlig til ham
i hoftehøjde, og når Martin får bolden dér, er han virkelig god.

Heldigvis
for mig var min serv god, og jeg vandt en del point ved hjælp af den.

2. runde: Christoffer Wejs

Jeg vandt 6/4 6/2.

Det er længe siden jeg har
spillet under så svære forhold. Der kom kastevinde fra alle retninger, banen
var meget tør, og den ene side af banen var halvt dækket af skygge.

Ingen af os kunne tillade os
at sigte tættere end 1,5 meter fra linjerne, for ellers ville bolden højst
sandsynligt flyve ud.

Jeg fik kæmpet mig igennem
første sæt, og man kunne tydeligt se på Christoffer, at han var irriteret på
grund af banen og vinden. Jeg synes ellers, at han spillede ret godt. Han
prøvede så vidt muligt at spille mig i baghånden, og han vekslede sit spil op
med høje bolde som vinden fik fat i og gjorde det svært at finde ud af, hvilken
vej bolden ville hoppe.

Jeg blev ved med at prøve at
få ham ud og løbe, indtil jeg kunne komme frem til nettet og afgøre pointet.

Kvartfinalen: Nikolaj Katic

Jeg vandt 6/4, 7/5

Jeg var meget nervøs, da jeg
skulle spille imod ham. Jeg havde nemlig aldrig vundet over ham, og jeg vidste,
at det ville blive en lang og hård kamp, for Nikolaj giver aldrig op. Det kan
godt være, at det ser ud som om, han ikke gider mere, og han smider et par
point væk, men hvis man begynder at spille bare en lille smule dårligere imod
ham, så vender hans spil tilbage, og før end man ved af det, er man bagud.

Min taktik var, at han hele
tiden skulle ud at løbe. Mit mål var nemlig, at han skulle begynde at slice, og
lige så snart han gjorde det, ville jeg løbe frem til nettet og afgøre pointet.

Jeg
mener absolut ikke at hans slice er dårlig, faktisk er han en af de bedste i
Danmark til det. Men grunden til, at jeg ville gå til nettet, er at hans slice
er lidt høj, men til gengæld også meget dyb. Derfor ville det være svært for
mig at vedligeholde min offensive spillestil, hvis jeg ikke tog den i luften.

Men han slicede ikke så
meget som jeg havde håbet på i vores kamp, så jeg blev nødt til at vente på en anden
mulighed for at komme frem til nettet.

Semi: Tobias Lentz

Jeg vandt 6/1, 6/1.

Jeg spillede rigtig godt den
dag. Jeg skød bolden dybt og spillede meget offensivt. Han skød næsten alt
kryds, så det var ikke så svært at læse hans spil. Til gengæld; selv om jeg
(næsten) vidste, hvor han ville skyde bolden hen, skulle jeg bruge mange slag
på at afgøre pointene. Tobias når ekstremt meget, og gav mig sjældent ”put-away
shots”.

Finale: Peter Kampen

Jeg vandt 6/3 6/0.

Jeg havde spillet imod Peter
ugen før og slået ind med ham hver dag før de tidligere kampe, så jeg vidste,
hvordan han spillede. Han vil gerne spille lange dueller og bygge pointet op
til sin fordel lidt efter lidt, indtil han til sidst kan afgøre det, eller hans
modstander misser. Og jeg vidste, at imod mig ville han nok slå de fleste af
sine slag ned i min baghånd. Men min taktik var den sædvanlige: Få overtaget i
pointene ved at få ham ud og løbe og bruge forhånden så meget som muligt.

Jeg bevægede mig super godt
den dag, så jeg kom i god position til boldene.

Double: Bronze

Jeg spillede double med
Muslim Zaurbekov, Birkerød, og vi kom til semifinalen. Vi spillede fint, men
den dag var Patrik Kristensen, Skovbakken, og Philip Hjort, KB, bedre end os.

Mix-double: Guld

Jeg spillede mix-double med Sofie
Aamot Mønster, HIK, Vi vandt
turneringen!

Vi havde en simpel taktik i
alle kampe:

1. Hvis vi var presset, skulle
vi lave høje bolde i midten.

2. Vi skulle prøve at afgøre
boldene ved nettet så hurtigt som muligt.

Disse 2 ting hjalp os meget.
Især ”1”. Det neutraliserede vores modstandere, så vi nemmere kunne komme til
at flugte.



kronborg Open

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Mon, July 07, 2014 13:39:00

Kronborg Open

30.juni-5.juli, 2014

I
denne uge har jeg spillet Kronborg Open, Helsingør.

Jeg
tabte anden runde i seniorrækken, men vandt U-18 turneringen!

Jeg lagde ud mandag d. 30.juni mod Christian
Bjerrehus fra skovbakken TK. Jeg vandt 6/2 6/2. Jeg spillede godt i perioder,
men jeg tabte ind imellem fokus og gav ham en masse gratis point. Han er
venstrehåndet, så jeg fulgte en simpel men effektiv taktik, der gik ud på at
spille i hans baghånd, indtil jeg enten fik en mulighed for at rykke frem til
nettet, eller have fået ham langt nok ud i lige side, så hele den ulige side
var åben. Den taktik fungerede, så jeg brugte den i hele kampen, for som mine
trænere fra EuroElite har pranget ind i mit hoved ”never change a winning
strategy”.

Jeg
spillede min første senior kamp i Kronborg Open mod Andreas Boers fra Gentofte
(han er lige blevet student! Tillykke!). Jeg han spillede ret svingende den
dag, så jeg besluttede mig for at prøve på, at få mange bolde ind og vente på
en chance for at kunne angribe. Dagen før var jeg begyndt at arbejde på en
taktik, der gik ud på, at jeg pumpede, så godt jeg kunne, i hans baghånd,
indtil jeg fik en mulighed for at få ham langt ud at løbe eller for at komme
frem til nettet. Det virkede godt, og jeg vandt 6/4 6/4.

Den
samme taktik brugte jeg i min anden kamp i junior rækken imod Peter Foersom fra
Virum-Sorgenfri. Han har et kæmpe våben i sin forhånd og serv, så mit mål med
hvert point var at få returen i spil og at bruge samme taktik som mod Andreas
til at neutralisere hans forhånd. Jeg vandt 6/2 6/4.

Min
anden kamp i senior rækken var imod Tobias Galskov fra Lyngby. ”Muren”! Han var
virkelig god til at få alle bolde tilbage. Jeg kunne godt presse ham og sådan,
vi spillede tit lange bolde, men det endte som regel med, at jeg lavede fejl.
Jeg tabte 6/2 6/1. Det var sjovt at spille imod ham, og jeg synes, at det var
god træning. Og det viste også, hvor vigtigt det er ikke bare at slå hårdt på
alt i et par slag, men også at kunne spille i et tempo, hvor man kan få bolden
ind massevis af gange, for tit vil der nemlig være en af spillerne, der laver
fejl førend man overhovedet har mulighed for at lave en vinder.

Da
jeg kom til semifinalen, skulle jeg spille mod Jonas Zacho Larsen, KB. Han var
2. seeded og klar favorit i denne kamp. Det passede mig fint, for så kunne jeg
nemlig gå ind og spille frit og uden at føle pres. Jeg brugte igen samme taktik,
som jeg havde brugt mod Peter og Andreas, og det havde endnu større effekt
denne gang, for der var
meget vind, og hans baghånd er meget flad, så jeg vidste, at lige så snart han
kom ud af balance, ville han enten slå bolden ud, kort, eller lave et ufattelig
godt slag. Jeg prøvede så vidt muligt at bruge den taktik hele kampen igennem,
dog med lidt variation, så han ikke blev vant til det.

I finalen spillede jeg imod Peter Kampen. Jeg vandt 2/6 6/4 6/0. Han slog en masse bolde
tilbage ligesom Tobias, og Peters forhånd var meget besværlig for mig, for den
hoppede tit over hovedhøjde på mig. Så når jeg skulle slå min enhånds-baghånd
var det svært at få tilstrækkelig kraft i slaget. Jeg blev ret frustreret over
hans spil og over, at jeg ikke vandt mange bolde i første sæt. Jeg gik på toilettet
efter første sæt, for dér tænker jeg bedre, når jeg spiller kamp (ret
mærkeligt). Jeg gav mig selv en opsang. Kom tilbage og kæmpede for hvert eneste
point, og fandt frem til at jeg blev nødt til at spille aggressivt. Hvis han
fik neutraliseret bolden, så måtte jeg bare starte forfra og prøve at få
overtaget endnu en gang. Det blev jeg ved med, og jeg vænnede mig mere og mere
til hans spillestil, og mit spil blev også bedre og bedre.

Mine trænere Jonas Svendsen og Philip Ørnø flytter til Gentofte
TK til september. I denne uge har jeg også tænkt meget over, hvad jeg vil gøre,
og jeg har fundet frem til, at jeg vil følge med dem til Gentofte. Derfor var
det en super god sidste Kronborg Open for mig som Helsingør spiller. Helsingør
havde fire spillere i finalerne, vi spillede alle sammen gode kampe og tre af
os vandt.

Det var en god turnering!



29.6.214

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Thu, July 03, 2014 13:45:07

Jeg har lige vundet SM for U16 kat 1 (Sjællandsmesterskaberne for bedste 16-årige og yngre). Jeg fik spillet nogle rigtig gode og hårde kampe. Nogle bedre end andre, men jeg blev udfordret i hver kamp, og blev nødt til virkelig at koncentrere mig for at kunne vedligeholde min spillestil gennem alle kampene. Jeg spiller nemlig på en sådan måde, at hvis jeg mister koncentrationen, selvom det bare er et lille øjeblik, risikerer jeg at lave tonsvis af fejl og kan lynhurtigt komme langt bagud. Hvis jeg ser et svagt slag fra min modstanders side, så angriber jeg med det samme og prøver at tvinge min modstander til at lave fejl eller at skabe en åbning, så jeg kan komme frem til nettet og lave en vinder. Jeg plejer at tænke på min strategi som en ”skruetvinge”. For lige så snart jeg har overtaget styringen i duellerne får jeg min modstander ud at løbe, og jeg slipper ikke kontrollen før jeg har vundet pointet. Så ligesom en skruetvinge holder noget fast, fastholder jeg kontrollen over min modstander.

Jeg skrev, at jeg lige har vundet SM, og jeg vil gerne fortælle lidt om mine kampe derfra. Jeg vandt min første kamp 6/1 6/0 uden store problemer. Men min anden kamp var lidt sværere. Jeg skulle spille imod Marcus Gebauer, en stærk spiller fra Lyngby. Jeg spillede sindssygt godt i første set og vandt 6/1, men mistede derefter koncentrationen. Det var det øjeblik, Marcus havde ventet på, og jeg kunne se hans selvtillid voksede. Det var lige præcis det, jeg ikke måtte gøre. Han begyndte at lave færre fejl, men samtidigt spillede han aggressivt og ville ikke lade mig finde en rytme. Han vandt andet set 6/4. Jeg var i chok. Hvordan kunne jeg tabe, efter jeg havde vundet så stort i første sæt? Der var kun en ting at gøre. Jeg måtte tage mig sammen og genfinde min koncentration fra første sæt. Det lykkedes, og jeg vandt det tæt tredje set 6/3.

Den erfaring tog jeg med mig til de næste kampe. Og jeg spillede fantastisk i semifinalen mod Alexander Schou fra Lyngby. Han spiller utrolig godt. Når en masse. Jeg vandt 6/0 7/6 (5). Det lyder måske som et vildt resultat, men sandheden er, at partierne i første sæt faktisk var ret tætte, men det endte bare med, at jeg vandt dem. I andet sæt spillede min modstander bedre og han vandt flere partier. Vi blev nød til at afslutte sættet i tiebreak. Det var tæt, men heldigvis vandt jeg det.

I finalen brugte jeg alle mine erfaringer fra de indledende kampe og vandt hurtigt kampen 6/1 6/2.



19.3.2014

Følg med i mit liv Posted on Thu, July 03, 2014 13:44:30

Odense ITF

Jeg spillede en ITF-turnering i Odense i ugen fra mandag den 16.juni. Jeg kom til kvartfinalen og fik derfor 15 ITF point. Det svarer til 60 danske point. Jeg spillede godt igennem hele turneringen og vandt de første tre kampe overlegent.

Jeg tabte kvartfinalen til en italiener. Kampen varede 3 timer og 20 minutter. Jeg førte i tredje sæt, men jeg fik ikke afgjort partierne når jeg havde mulighederne.

Jeg spillede double med Kasper Elsvad fra KB. Vi tabte til to hollændere, der vandt over de 1. seedede og kom til finalen.

Holdkamp Helsingør vs. Lyngby

Lørdag den 21.juni spillede Helsingør holdkamp imod Lyngby. Holdkampen endte med 3-3.

Jeg spillede mod Mads Hjortskov. Jeg tabte 6/2 7/5. Han spillede sikkert, hvorimod jeg høvlede alt ud. Jeg kom ud til boldene, men kunne ikke finde ordentlig balance.

Det er noget af det mest forfærdelige ved tennis, for der vil altid være sådanne dage, hvor man bare må acceptere, at man ikke rammer den så godt som man gerne vil.

Ved at skrive dette vil jeg ikke tage noget som helst af fra Mads, som spillede fuldstændig rigtigt. Jeg tabte jo ikke kun, fordi jeg spillede dårligt, men også fordi Mads ikke ville lade mig få nemme point og derved finde tilbage i en rytme. Han spillede helt rigtigt ved bare at blive ved med at slå bolden tilbage og angribe, når han så en mulighed.

Da det stod 5/2 til Mads i andet sæt kom min træner, Jonas Svendsen, ind på banen til mig. Til holdkampe må trænere nemlig gerne coache spillerne ved sideskift. I løbet af kampen havde Jonas prøvet at tale konstruktivt med mig, men jeg havde næsten givet op og havde ikke rigtigt lyttet til ham. Så ved 5/2 kom Jonas igen ind til mig, men denne gang så han vred ud. Han fortalte mig, at det var lige meget, om jeg vandt eller tabte, men jeg skulle for fanden ikke gå ind på banen bare for at ”få kampen overstået”; jeg skulle løbe ud, tro på at jeg kan vinde og så kæmpe for hvert eneste point.

Efter den opsang begyndte jeg at spille godt. Jeg missede slet ikke så meget. Jeg vandt de næste 3 partier, men kunne ikke få det fjerde. Fandeme ærgerligt!

Århus ITF

Jeg spillede ITF-turnering i Århus fra den 23.juni. Denne gang tabte jeg desværre første runde i både single og double.

I single tabte jeg 7/5 6/4 til Louis Wessels fra Tyskland, som endte med at vinde turneringen. Og i double tabte min makker, Thomas Schwencke Linqvist, og jeg 6/2 – 4/6 – 10/12 til to stærke nordmænd; den ene normand kom endda til semifinalen i single.

I Århus boede jeg hos Sven Ørnø, som er min træner Philip Ørnø’s far. Det var rigtig hyggeligt, selvom jeg ikke var der så meget. Jeg brugte nemlig det meste af dagene på tennisanlægget.

Jeg vil nu fortælle om min single kamp:

Kender I det, når man føler, at man er helt klar i hovedet, ens sanser er fuldstændig rede til at give hjernen signal om, hvad der end skal til at ske, og ens krop føles som en velsmurt maskine? Kender I den følelse af selvtillid over noget, som man har gjort hundredevis af gange, og det bare er blevet til en indbygget funktion som sidder i kroppen? Altså som om man kunne gøre det i søvne.

Den dag havde jeg det sådan, da jeg skulle spille imod Louis. Han var godt nok 2. seeded, men det skræmte mig ikke, da jeg ved, at der ikke skal meget til, førend man for nok point til, at blive seeded i grade 4 og 5 ITF turneringer. Jeg havde opbygget masser af selvtillid fra min første elitedivisions sejr og Odense ITF. Og nu skulle jeg ud og vise mig frem igen. Desværre gik det ikke helt som jeg havde regnet med. Jeg ramte egentlig bolden godt, men jeg blev for optimistisk og prøvede på at lave vilde slag som havde lav chance for at gå ind. Efter nogen tid besluttede jeg mig for at det kunne være nok med alle de uprovokerede fejl, så jeg valgte at spille bolden tilbage for at se, om han kunne få bolden ind i banen mange gange i træk, eller om han, ligesom jeg, ville blive for optimistisk og ende med at misse. Og det gjorde han også. Til gengæld fik han, til min store irritation, nok bolde ind til at nå at lave en vinder, før han lavede fejl.

Ham jeg spillede imod, Louis, han var, mildt sagt, enorm. Jeg er sikker på at han var over 2 meter høj. Og mens kampen skred frem, og jeg kom længere og længere bagud var det som om, han blev større og større. Jeg ved godt, at det er nogle underligt noget at skrive, men det var sådan han så ud for mig i det øjeblik.

Det sidste parti er det, jeg husker klarest. Det tog i hvert faldt 10 min, og vi kæmpede begge to som vilde dyr. Ingen af os ville give den anden lov til at få partiet. Det endte jo med, at han vandt det, og jeg er ikke meget for at skrive det, og jeg indrømmer det sjældent, men han var bedre end mig den dag.

Jeg kom lige til at tænke på, at moralen fra denne kamp kan være at ”for meget selvsikkerhed skaber usikkerhed”. smiley

Doublen var interessant. Thomas og jeg havde aldrig spillet med hinanden før, og nu skulle vi så spille ITF sammen. Selvom vi tabte, synes jeg, at det var en god oplevelse. Vi spillede fint, vores modstandere spillede fint, og det var alt i alt en god kamp. Det, der gjorde forskellen på, hvem der vandt og hvem der tabte denne kamp, var, at Thomas og jeg lave 1-2 uprovokerede fejl i for mange partier, hvilket gjorde det svært for os at komme foran i kampen. De lavede selvfølgelig også fejl og begge parter havde mange gode slag, men det beviser jo bare, hvor lidt som gør forskellen på sejr og nederlag.

Jeg skal spille med Thomas igen i næste uge i Kronborg Open.