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There is No "Plan B"

April 15, 2017

 

April 15, 2017

Introduction 

The famous words of owner John Elway in response to a reporter asking him, “what if Peyton Manning gets hurt?”  Not having a backup plans incase their star quarterback didn’t get hurt worked out pretty well as Manning had a fantastic year, leading the team to Superbowl 48.  Although it was not a good ending, it was a pretty good season overall!

 

Relating to Tennis 

In most cases, not having a backup plan doesn’t work as well, especially in the game of tennis.  Have you ever wondered why you play so well against a particular player that you deem as “good” and lose to someone that you think as an inferior player?  It has to do with matchups and how someone’s strength matches up against the other player’s weakness.  The inability for players to see and take advantage of weaknesses makes it the “luck of the draw” on if they are going to play well or not.  This means that if your strength so happens to go against the other player’s weakness it works out for you but if your strength does not match up well with your opponents weakness, you will ultimately have a difficult match to win.  It takes the willpower for a player to use a strategy that isn’t their “plan A” to have a better chance of winning.  For example, I just coached one of the girls on my varsity team against a high quality player that was hitting the ball very hard back at her.  Although the rallies were competitive, my player ultimately lost most of the points they played in the first set.  There were times when my player would hit a softer looping ball that would bounce above her opponent’s shoulders that would come back high and soft.  My player did not notice that and would continue to try to hit the ball hard and lose the point.  Once she started looping the ball, the rallies became more competitive and allowed her to win more points.  It’s important to have perspective with what balls you hit to get the weakest repl