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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.