||[Sep. 11th, 2002|10:30 pm]
chrismaverick, beststephi and max1975. played tennis with |
We started out with our usual teams of me and Steph vs. Mav and Max. Of course, we easily defeated them, 6-0, 6-0. Max, being reasonable, decided that the idea of sticking with best of 3 would be best, as losing 18 games in a row would just be embarrassing. So we switched teams.
Steph and Max beat me and mav, 6-0, 6-1. This wasn't that surprising, since I'd dove for a ball in the first match and hurt my elbow and my hip, and mav hurt his ankle. On the other hand, my hip wasn't actually bothering me at all (it's just bruised and only hurts when i lie on my right side), and my elbow was just skinned so it stings when i bend it, so I'm not sure that can be blamed for my serve becoming completely unreliable after the first match. The darkness might have had something to do with it as well, as depth perception is kind of useful. Anyway, we played horribly.
In the third match, max and I came from behind to win 6-4, after which mav decided he couldn't play any more on his bad ankle. it was almost 10:30 by that point anyway.
what I learned:
- trying to change my serve technique to a more traditional and powerful stance without practicing it a lot outside of actual play is probably just a good way to make my serve completely horrible.
- even though the surface of a tennis court is the same as what I play hockey on, I'm not wearing elbow pads and I shouldn't dive to the ground to try to make a play.
- steph's serve is a lot harder to return than it looks when you're on her team.