Czech Indoor 2011 – Reflections & Summary

Prague_11#1Prague_11#229 November-4 December 2011

After finally being eligible for quad player status (the one of the two disability groups within wheelchair tennis with ”physically less agile” players), during the Doubles Masters in Amsterdam, I now attended my second international wheelchair tennis tournament.

The story of my protested non-Quad classification in Belgium, the subsequent formal appeal, and the, to some extent surpricingly self-evident re-classicification, is a long story in itself.
It’s sufficient to say that a few months of missed tournaments was worth it. I am now officially a ”Quad” player until further notice.

The indoor venue in Prague is quite something extra, as the hotel and the tennis courts are within one and the same complex. Good, if the weather is all but nice.

The singles draw started with a match against 3rd seed and ranked no. 17, the Brit Adam Field, serving hard and well. I had no chance. Look inwards and learn from the best… 🙂

In the doubles, I had no partner entering the tournament, but I teamed up with the Frenchman Alves. Just my luck, but we were drawn against fellow Swedes Hard & Jonsson (yes, yet again)… As it is now even closer to the Paralympics, our chances were slim, even on paper. However, we had three break points, and I produced a few nice killing shots. It is debatable whether we actually won a game, as the umpire(s) were (very) questionable, and me and Alves never expected a fair shot at many points, hence losing track of the score at apparently the wrong time. 😦

In the singles consolation tournament (first round losers), I had a really good theoretical shot at winning my first international game against Patrick Sappino from France. He seemed very slow, having trouble reaching for balls not aimed directly at him. He had a cunning twisted serve, but it didn’t seem impossible to tame.

I played quite well in the first set, focusing on secure and high serves (which he didn’t like), and trying to place the balls far at the back left and right alternatively. As I learned to handle most of his serves, the future looked promising, although I struggled a bit with keeping my strokes as relaxed and thorough as I had hoped for.
I started to feel confident that this game was do-able. Which I shouldn’t have, for obvious reasons. I turned afraid of placing the balls on either side of him in fear of striking out, and ended up placing them right where he wanted them. His experience and cool then took the better of me. I was humiliated, not reaching his well-placed returns in the ends and corners of the court. I lost 4-6, 1-6, and as a cocky school boy, I had to admit my lack of concentration, and learn from the fact that every game counts in tennis, and that strategic thinking cannot be over-estimated …
Focus on placement and the cunning use of my soon-to-be-feared forehand cross, was the lesson of the day. Had I won the game, I would have ended up in the consolation finals, due to a walk over, but all good things to those who learn patiently, I guess…

A very nice memory of this visit was the Charles Bridge (Karolus Most) at night, and a visit to a very nice local pub beneath stone arches of an old building. The Old Town in Prague is really awesome, in the true sense of the word.

All for now, over & out.

Annonser

Swiss Open 2011 – Reflections & Summary

11 July-17 July 2011

The first international wheelchair tournament after receiving a temporary Quad classification (in one of the two classes in wheelchair tennis) sadly started with me being drawn against my friend, fellow Swede and team mate Marcus in the qualifying round.
As he has been playing for many years, the outcome of the bout was predestined. I got badly beaten 0-6, 0-6. A few pointers on the absolute need of secure first serves, constantly moving your wheelchair, and a relaxed stroke were provided, though. Thank’s for the lesson, mate! 🙂 In the subsequent consolation (first round losers battling it out), I got lectured yet again by the Frenchman Stephan Erismann 0-6, 0-6…

Once the singles matches were quickly executed, I played doubles with the Japanese Takashi Nagaoka. Sadly (yet again), we were drawn against fellow Swedes Anders Hard and Marcus Jonsson. As they have high aspirations for the London Paralympics, the game was quickly executed 0-6, 0-6, and not much to write home about… One has to learn from defeats graciously, it seems…

The matches aside, it was a week well spent in the outskirts of Geneva, as this tournament is considered one of the best on the wheelchair tennis circuit (awarded The best in 2010). I met a lot of new friends from various different countries, especially the many quad players from France. Their acqaintance could turn out both fun and useful when tournament visits are planned in the future.

All for now, over & out.

Välkommen/Welcome!

 

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This blog handles my adventures and experiences on the UNIQLO wheelchair tennis tour, starting off with the Swiss Open in 2011. Note that there will be periods of inactivity on my blog, in-between the tournaments.

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