Those of us who had high performance training and or starting to Train in tennis seriously. We are learning the hard way to play when you have nothing left. I myself over did this as a teen and cause unrepairable damage to my body like all tennis players do ( AKA golfers elbow is my injury/ nerve damage ). But the Education behind training like this has improved greatly in the Last several years. we now see players getting massages from trainer on court ETC...
But What can you learn from playing on empty?
Well its know that Strategy, decision making, Shot selections and Movement down grade. Pressure up grades.
But the Player with experience in this situation can still prevail against a healthier player. AKA my 2008 Win GA Summer Adult OPEN 2008
I was empty and Pushing my car up hill. I was done phsically a match prior to finals that the video shows. I was still much better than my opponent but he and his family, Girl friend didnt know that.
But I had a Lost in the finals of a Mens Open Event later that same year. Not the video above^.
What you need to know about playing on a empty Gas tank.
Let use cars as players.
Like a Car If you get on a Down Hill you might find some scraps or Gas-vapor to get a little further to the Gas station. Tennis is like a race with no ties. So if you can get there first or closer you can still win.
The car stutters when you run out and completely stops running, but that doesn't mean you stop moving. The car behind you might just think you are slowing down or pulling off. So in comparison your opponent might not know your empty. ( dont let them know as best you can ) you can also look at it like the performance is slowing down.
When you know you are out of gas. Driver/tennis players will not race at full speed. Think economy cars that get more mileage running at Slower speeds. Again your opponent doesn't know your empty.
Know your Gas Mileage.
I know how long my body will last until it breaks down. Like Andre I have a different set of skills design for that. I acquired these skill from playing on an empty tank.- allot -
There is recovery time but you will not be able to recover your best playing level. Or you can out run the Cops on a highway, you will just burn the little gas you have left.
So Going to the real story. The match I lost.
I was on Empty at the finals like I expected but my opponent was too. I Scouted the semi-finals match of my opponent and learned he was a flat out cheater. OR he was makeing bad call due to pressure and not on purpose. So going in I was ready mentally for the "Bull" to come.
I also warned the Tournament director that I was gonna get him the day before, so that tournament director could get some rest and be ready to standing in my finals the next day.
I corrected my mistakes I made in the tournament I won from above. so my body was in better shape but no strokes.
Here is the funny thing about the finals. We both Sucked. I couldnt hit forehands and backhands as well as my opponent. It was an up and down battle between who was going to hit or miss.
The pressure of playing on empty was the whole match. that I lost anyway, even though I was ready for it.
Im so tired Sun was bad at sun set and being on top a mountain with no clouds. The courts faced East to West. That Sucked when serving to the west. around 630-7pm.
He starting making bad calls in the Second Game of the first set of the match. He was getting coaching from the side lines. He was 15 years younger than me and about 6'2". Im 5'8" or shorter.
I was not the player I am now. I have evolved since then and have better weapons.
He wins the First set like 7-5 or 6-4. Close first set. But that First set battle used up all our gas. Now we are trying to push our cars to the finish line.
Decision making goes bad for most guy while driving. Imagine driving with your Woman and she say's to you... your lost ask for directions. Well that kinda Happens in the second set.
So here we are Pushing our cars to the finish line and there is a fork in the road. I take the Left road which is closer to him thus making it easier for him to win by moving less than me. But for some reason he lost focus and insisted to take the right road which is closer to me thus making me use less effort to turn. I said ok.the whole time his wife is yelling at him thats the wrong way. Im laughing because knew where I was going. Because I know that both roads of the fork lead to the finish line.
What Really happened. in the second set was. I was winning 4-3 With 1 break. When we went to switch sides and get my face away from facing the Effen WEST. I changed the score to 4-3 and my opponent said that the Score was 4-1 in my favor. I said ok. His Wife/ tennis coach out side the fence was yelling at him about the score in what ever language they speak that's not American. He ignored his wife. and lost the second set 6-3.
Ok ive got a jump, my opponent made a bad turn to my advantage. But Im still out of gas. I push and Pull but in the end I couldn't make the win. This is my thinking. Just momentum. It was neck and neck to the finish line but 1 or 2 miss steps and I lost the momentum. Third set 7-5 or 7-6 I forgot.
THE END. kinda Funny Part Duh
He celebrates the win as if he just won the indi 500 and he beat a Earlheart. The Tennis was bad Real bad. Imagine you go to the Indi 500 race and its just 2 guys pushing Pintos around a Circle 500 times. I would leave But I was the one pushing so I couldn't. His Wife/Coach is a Guy. and My Entourage was a College Student & a Student of mine From Kennesaw State University.
Tha end. I hopw that this Helps you Get a Better Idea on playing with an empty Gas tank.
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I understand completely. I had to play a match this year PAST an empty gas tank. Then again, it was both mine, and my opponent's, "fault". We both decided to test our stamina...and we did it in a way most players would never try. I'd tell you, but I need this guy here to verify our story or no one will believe it, haha.