Whenever you play a tennis player that is better than you
there is a lot to be learned. I often tell players not to
just play people all the time that they know they can beat.
To improve your tennis game you must play against better players!
When I left for college I met tennis players that were much
better than I was. By playing these better players day in
and day out my game improved by astronomical amounts, and
I was losing everyday.
A lot of times players will join a club and
stick with the same group of players. That is perfectly acceptable,
tennis is fun and should always be fun. However, if you are
the best player in the group and you consistently win and
you want your game to improve, you may need to play elsewhere
against better players.
When you play stronger players you get to
see a variety of tougher tennis. You quickly learn that you
can not get lazy or lose focus. They will hit better passing
shots, deeper ground strokes, better volleys, faster serves
and execute their overheads better. They will wrong foot you
more often and possibly just out-power you. This requires
you to improve to be able to keep up with these types of players.
Playing better players is a great motivator to help you play
better tennis. If you are beating players that you play every
day there is little motivation to get any better.
I will admit, losing to someone you know
you can beat, and maybe regularly beat, really sucks! However,
maybe you need to look at why you lost, look at what you need
to improve, look at where you fell short, and most importantly,
think about how you can do better next time. Losing is a motivator
to play better tennis plain and simple.
Losing a tennis match means you that you
were not the better tennis player that day. That is OK, take
it for what it is worth, let it motivate you, and keep on
trying. Continue to play the better players when you get a
chance and watch your game improve. To me, allowing my tennis
game to improve is more important than winning a weekly match
against the same group of players.
Good Luck on the Court!