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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.


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