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Offline Jamesdster

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« on: February 25, 2005, 09:54:48 PM »
Never played high school tennis (played baseball in the spring).

I played 3 years at West Liberty State College, a small NAIA school located near Wheeling, West Virginia.

I played #5 singles all 3 years and was all over the board in dubs. I was a good athlete who took up tennis late. I had a good serve and good forehand, average everything else. Today, the serve and forehand are still my main weapons, but everything else is much better now.
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2005, 07:26:37 AM »
I played #1 for my high school. I went to college and there was no tennis team, i had to make a choice between Architecture and Tennis, I chose Architecture. I could not have played for a great school anyways. I played much better singles in college than I can now. I was MUCHO better, but I played a lot more too. But my doubles game is 4000 times better than it has ever been, and right now it is a good trade off for me.

I went to Nationals at the 4.0 level which was amazing. I had so much fun winning all the different stages (city, southern Ohio, States, Sectionals, then Nationals) which the group of guys in our league. We got cooked in Nationals, but it was a blast.

Now the same group of guys play 4.5 in Columbus. We do OK, but we are all still improving and doing better. I wouldn't want to do it with any other group though, that is for sure. Not sure how I ended up with these guys, but it has been a reall blessing. Now we just need to recruit Jamesdster and all would be good!

I also of coarse have this website, and I used to give some lessons at college.  I also coached High school for 2 years.
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Offline Arcforce

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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2005, 12:30:45 PM »
Not much of a resume...

I started playing when I was 11 (I'm 16 now). I've played competitively since I was 13 in Jr. tournaments all over the state. Best tournament result I've probably ever had is the City Closed here in the city. Somehow, I was the #3 seed and made it to the semifinals before losing to this guy that I've played 4 times and still have yet to beat -- a nemesis of sorts. Anyhow, that was this summer. Before that, my best win was probably last year in a local tournament here. It was my first tourney into the 16's and I got clobbered by the #1 seed in the 1st round. Second round, I played the guy ranked 45 and beat him 7-5 7-6 (8). Best match of my life...had my sister in town from college to see me and my parents and teammates. It was such a gr8 feeling to pull that one out especially since I cramped up probably the worst I ever have in my life down 0-4 in that 2nd set tiebreaker -- I really had to dig deep to come back. But I was so proud to win. Of course the next day I was in the consolation semifinals and played some guy ranked 60th and lost in 3 sets :(

Oh well -- those two wins made for the best tournament of my life even tho I lost --- it was the best playing I ever had.

Back to my resume -- lol --
I played #3 on my middle school team and #1 my freshman year of high school. This year, I'm playing number 2 because the local phenom happens to go to our school and I decided to let him have #1 as a gift from me to him  :)~  Actually, he'd embarass me if I played him cuz he'd beat me so bad.

That's it, I guess. I'm currently ranked 62 -- I hope to be in the top 30 before this year ends. :)

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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2005, 02:06:30 PM »
Cool! Number 62 nationwide or statewide?

I play num 1 for my highsciool team. Last year and the year before i played 2. There is also a  phenom at my school but she is from japan and (younger than me too) and went back becuase of grades and wont be back here until April and she wont be able to play for our team then. But next year she will. I dont mind being 2 if our team wins. Which it will when she plays because she is better than kids that go to academies and shes gonna turn pro one day.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2005, 02:09:25 PM »
62nd in the state. I've never played any regional or national tournaments yet. I think I'd be in over my head but I'd hope I can compete w. the best in the nation by the time I graduate.

What're you ranked in your state, Betsmoyo? Are you a sophomore too? -- Just wonderni :a)

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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2005, 02:54:12 PM »
im a junior, 17. Never played in any tourneys, state or anything. My older bros did and by the time my dad got to me it was too much and so i didnt do that. But i think im gonna play in college.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2005, 03:00:14 PM »
Which state, Arcforce?

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2005, 04:01:57 PM »
None to speak of.  Made the semis of a "C" tounament at my town this summer (lost to a S/Ver  :whistle: ).  Other than that nothing of interest as I only started playing seriously 2 years ago.
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2005, 10:37:52 PM »
Started playing when I was 12 (after watching the Borg-McEnroe match at Wimbledon in 1980).  Saved my lawn mowing money and bought a cheapo wooden racket at the local sporting goods store and started hitting against the school wall.  Have been playing ever since.  Played all through HS, was the #1 player my senior year, but not really good enough to play at a college.  Went to 4.0 nationals with Scott, that was a blast.  Now playing mostly 4.5.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2005, 02:24:21 AM »
Was a solid D-3 player despite being a fat ass.  Racked up several wins against D-1 guys (we're talking bad D-1 schools...), and when I was on I could hang with anybody, even guys ranked top 20 in the country in D-3, mostly due to my not playing like most of my mindless top spinning peers.  

Even then my coach and I used to get into arguments about my weight.  I was 195 pounds, 30 pounds overweight, beating very fit guys.  And now I'm even heavier!   If I could have gotten into shape, I would have been a lot better.  (sorry for harping on the weight, but damn if footwork isn't such a huge part of tennis, and if weight makes footwork and retrieving balls so much more difficult... duh)

I'm not nearly as good now as I was my last year of college play (seriously, how could I be?), but I've been retooling my game and in a few months I hope to be on my way to being better.  I'll keep all you guys updated whether you want me to or not.  Suckas! :)~