I played singles and dubs against some great 5.0 players last night, what a wakeup call that was for me. Although I didn't play my best (mind/body disconnected???), these fellows showed me how far I have to go in the movement department! The only time I was able to dictate play in singles was on my serve. I managed to hold twice in 2 sets ( I think he threw me a bone!) with some very solid S&V tennis. But I had to play each shot to perfection or else he was able to end the point from anywhere on the court. I did manage to break him once at the end of the second set, but I'm sure he was saving some gas for the upcoming doubles.
What I learned from this outing reenforced what I already knew, my physical condition is the weakest part of my game at this point. I was constantly out of position and completely unable to neutralize any of his shots. Even at the end of the 2nd set when he was serving exclusively to my forehand I was unable to dictate play. Part of that was because I was a bit off, but 95% was poor movement/positioning. Now for the good news....
No pain in the groin area and I played hard for nearly 4 hours!
In the dubs, with my poor movement being restricted to just part of the court I fared a bit better. In the final set of the night, my partner and I managed to take the other duo to a TB but couldn't close it out. Still it was a good fight and there were many fine points and shots by both teams. Looking forward to next Thursday and more playing with "the big boys"!
On a side note, I had the opportunity to drive a Beemer 540i yesterday! What a nice ride! Also had a chance to hit some balls with a former body builder turned tennis player who used to hold the squat record for the U.S. in his weight class. Man is that guy in shape! A bit too muscular for the tennis court, but quite a specimen nonetheless.