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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Me personally? At least down by 40%, and that is being generous. And my serve would make Sara Errani split a gut laughing, after two weeks off.
    These people need to be on court every day. I believe i would be a major issue. And Daniil agrees.
    Yeah, if anyone missed it, Medvedev recently said that if this happens, he thinks its dangerous and sees low turnout among players. That he's planning to go right now until something happens that changes his mind. No training or playing leading into the Open would be one of those things. I know that was the plan originally, but more recent statements really hedge on those details.

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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Me personally? At least down by 40%, and that is being generous. And my serve would make Sara Errani split a gut laughing, after two weeks off.
    These people need to be on court every day. I believe i would be a major issue. And Daniil agrees.
    ^ I disagree. It's like riding a bike - you don't 'forget' how to do it and become helpless if you don't do it for a while. Assuming they've kept themselves in good physical condition over the time of the layoff (eating well, doing cardio exercizes, etc.), give them an hour on court to get the rust out, and they'll be fine. Muscle memory kicks in very quickly - especially for the pros, who have hit tons and tons of balls over the course of their lives.
    The game is 90% mental - especially at the pro level.

    For myself, I have gone out for the first time in the spring, after one full winter of not playing at all, and that first time in the spring turned out to be the best I played all summer!
    I've also gone out on the court after playing very regularly over several weeks, and played horribly.
    As I said, the game is 90% mental.
    * Yes, it's me (last seen on TW boards in 2009).

  3. #963

    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Golf is 90% mental. You are in the wrong forum
    Imagine telling Roger/Rafa/Nole that they will go out there and play at 95% of the capacity. Get ready to be smacked.

    Examples: Sampras Vs Jaime Izaga. A summer of not being able to train properly. And then the huge upset. To me, it is simple: if training were something that they could play well without, they would not put so much emphasis on it.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Golf is 90% mental. You are in the wrong forum
    Imagine telling Roger/Rafa/Nole that they will go out there and play at 95% of the capacity. Get ready to be smacked.

    Examples: Sampras Vs Jaime Izaga. A summer of not being able to train properly. And then the huge upset. To me, it is simple: if training were something that they could play well without, they would not put so much emphasis on it.
    ^ I still disagree.
    Sure, one can come up with an isolated incident or two which seems to show that a player's level suffered due to lack of court time. And one could come up with isolated examples of the opposite. Neither proves a thing, of course - because it's impossible to determine the actual reason for their level of play (good or bad) in those particular matches - even the players themselves would likely have no real clue. I think that's because the real reason for one's level of play (good or bad) - especially at the pro level - is mental - and it's impossible to measure mental strength in absolutes.

    John McEnroe hated 'training' - or practicing. Instead, he played some doubles - but he was on the court hitting balls significantly less playing doubles than the amount of time players practice today. As I recall, McEnroe did pretty well...

    Of course, today, there are about 20 people on each player's 'team'. Huge overkill. They have to justify their jobs, of course...
    If a given player's level of play lowers significantly after a lengthy layoff, I'd bet that the main reason is mental - as in he/she EXPECTED their level to be significantly lower. Then it would be up to them to strengthen themselves mentally (surely there is at least one member of the exaggerated 'team' responsible for that element!). Speaking strictly physically, I don't buy it for a second.
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