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I have a team mate thats very arrogant, thinks he is the best and very unsporting.
I most of the time lose against him because I just cant stay calm during the match. he is a decent blocker but I know I can outplay him if I stay calm. And when I win 'I had luck' or 'He was playing terrible' always when he loses he is blaming something so his loss doesn’t really count for him.
Normaly I have no problem keeping my temper during a match but against him I can’t control myself anymore because If I miss a ball thats slightly higher he just laughs at me an trying to make fun of me or when I walk around on the backhand corner and hit a hard forehand and he manages to block it wide to my forehand... He says stuff like 'You're so predictable...'
Just a terrible person and this want to make me win even more. And the problem is I have a 'powerplay' my game is focussed on powerfull topspins, 3rd ball kills, all that stuff... But the problem is that against him I get angry and I force myself hitting the ball harder and harder and I get more and more agressive during the match resulting in a lot of errors and misses...
I just want to know how to keep my temper against such an annoying player.
Thank you very much
We all have one of these players that we really want to beat and our judgement gets clouded because of it.
There is no easy answer but using a technique like deep breathing may help. One good way I have seen is to treat is this way. Each time he acts in an unsporting manner think to yourself, “Thankyou for teaching me what an unsporting person is and helping me to learn how to deal with it”… It may just help you.
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