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PostPosted: 06 May 2022, 06:53 
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darucla wrote:
The thing that struck me whilst watching that match (I am assuming that you were in the yellow and black), is that you move very easily. But you seem to waste some energy. You fall back too early and too far, and then have to move back in, and the opponent takes advantage. Also, there were several repeated exchanges, with you sending back nice out-swerving shots from way back on your FH. But the other guy got used to it, and you gave him time (because of the distance) to punish those shots. I know that modern defence tends to lead to this play, but I think you could really benefit from staying a little closer to the table, especially when the opponent is not forcing you back.

I wouldn't like to meet you in a Veteran's match though. I'm probably just jealous because I can't move like that at all now. ;)


Thanks! Yeah that's me, moving around a lot. At some age, it will get hard, but I just lost to a 67 year old at training today who still moves better than most players at any age, so that's hopeful : ) But you are right I think I should be able to win more points with less effort. By improving the serve return and chop I should be able to stay closer to the table. Now I'm used to jumping back expecting a hard loop.

And for the forehand hook shots its a habit I have that I sometimes overdo. In some situations it would be better to just counterloop or fish normally. Some of the players i struggle with actually don't need to move much they just never miss and I cant hit through them :)

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PostPosted: 13 Jun 2022, 03:32 
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Played a couple of tournaments in May. Decent results but still struggling to play well under pressure.

One of the tournaments was the National Veterans and I've uploaded some highlights:

The doubles players in the intro are part of a Norwegian team of celebrities/comedians that started an online tv series about them learning tt and playing in the lowest leagues. We played them in doubles and the producer told us not to go easy on them as it would be boring : ).

Just two weeks now until the European Veterans Championship starts in Italy. I probably have the most to gain by practising serves, so I am focusing on this now.

From the players I've talked to veteran results vary a lot depending on the draw since so few players are seeded. At least for now, I haven't seen any well known names in my age group.

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Quick update on my way to Italy and the European veterans championship: The draw was published today and I have a good player from Estonia in my group who is world ranked around 500 (not sure if its up to date).The group stage starts on Tuesday morning. Will post some updates here.

Also got a new video out yesterday.
https://youtu.be/I3Y_MC8uFIY

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Dear Sir,
May me ask a question about the current Italian Veteran Champs 2022.
-- Do they have racket control for this event ?
-- What testing instruments do they employ?

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PostPosted: 27 Jun 2022, 16:14 
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Had a good training at the venue yesterday. The courts are decently sized (not enough for lobbing). It was a bit humid and some disturbing bright lights that annoyed the players doing forehand high toss serves. For me I guess its an advantage since I mostly backhand server and humid is good for pimples : )

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-- Do they have racket control for this event ?
-- What testing instruments do they employ?

Thanks.


I'll let you know if I see any controls, doubt they would do that in the group stage, but maybe later in the playoffs.

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Played singles and doubles groups today. Uploaded an unedited match video here for now:



Will write more later when time.

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Nice win!
Liked your opponent too. A lot of sportsmanship as he helped you with the barriers.

I really like your forehand with this much sidespin. Great shots!
Your backhand is very safe, your movement is is very smooth, but I guess at some important points it could be a bit more more nasty.

In overall your a great player with an agility like a cat and I enjoy watching your games.


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freshman wrote:
Nice win!
Liked your opponent too. A lot of sportsmanship as he helped you with the barriers.

I really like your forehand with this much sidespin. Great shots!
Your backhand is very safe, your movement is is very smooth, but I guess at some important points it could be a bit more more nasty.

In overall your a great player with an agility like a cat and I enjoy watching your games.


Thanks a lot! Played well yesterday, particularly on the forehand side : ). Lauri was very nice, even offered to move the barriers further back!

Backhand was consistent yesterday but its often a bit short and high over the net, something that will be punished by players with a big forehand. Need to relax wrist and hit more forward and under the ball.

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Another match from the group stage yesterday


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Nice Game, too.
Never had a doubt that you would win.

I noticed that you had the same problem that I have against a lefthander in my club.
It‘s much more difficult to get the return and the second ball in his backhand, compared to a regular righthanded player.


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freshman wrote:
Nice Game, too.
Never had a doubt that you would win.

I noticed that you had the same problem that I have against a lefthander in my club.
It‘s much more difficult to get the return and the second ball in his backhand, compared to a regular righthanded player.


Yes exactly! The chops always goes right back to their forehand, sidespin makes it go diagonally. Luckily I warmed up with a left hander before the match.

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Yesterday was a rest day from normal play. A TTX tournament was held in the main playing venue https://www.evc2022.it/en/the-event/ttx-tournaments. Haven't tried it before but thought it would be fun and fit well with my style of play.

Ended up in 3rd place after loosing in the semis against the winner who never missed either on defense or offense.


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Had some good matches yesterday. Here is the round of 32




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-- Do they have racket control for this event ?
-- What testing instruments do they employ?

Thanks.


Haven't seen any testing intruments, but the umpires inspect the rackets before the match and one of our players rackets was not approved due to "glue remains" on the rubber..

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Live stream for next match starting around 9.30 CET

https://youtu.be/abv9A78SpzI

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:up: for your win in round of 32.


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