Tournament roadblock

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Last updated 8 months ago

Jasper Low

Jasper Low Asked 8 months ago

I've been playing in the weekly tournament held by this club I discovered. Most of the time I can make it out of the group stage with not much problems. The issue always comes in the first KO match which is R32 or R16(with the bye). I'm not sure if there's something in my mindset that prevents me from advancing or it's just better opponents. Have you ever felt like there's always one part of the tournament that you seemingly cannot get through? How do you try and improve? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 months ago

Hi Jasper,

I know how it feels to be stuck in a tournament roadblock. It's easy to get discouraged and feel like you've hit a wall. My advice is to first step back and try to assess the pattern of your losses in the tournament. Have you been losing in the same way or against the same type of opponents? If so, then you can try to practice these areas in your own time. This might mean focusing on your returns, serves, or shots. Another thing to consider is your self-confidence in tournaments. I know it's easier said than done, but try your best to keep your confidence up and remain positive, even after a tough loss. It is important to stay in a positive frame-of-mind to perform your best in a tournament. Finally, take advantage of getting feedback from your coaches and opponents during the tournament. Ask for their input on what you could improve on and take to heart any advice they might have. Learning from your mistakes can be invaluable in helping you break through the tournament roadblock you are facing. I hope this has been helpful for you. Good luck and have fun!

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