Tennis players, coaches, and observers often speak about finishing or closing out a match.
Some players seem to have great success in this situation and others struggle. The players who handle this scenario best tend to play “their game” despite the pressure.
This means approaching each point the way they do throughout the match even when the perceived importance of the point does not seem as crucial. This gives the player the best chance of success when they have an opportunity to win the match. Keep in mind that even the best players do not always come through on their first or second chance at closing it out.
However, because they are able to play at their normal level more often, they usually have additional opportunities and eventually come through.
Get yourself back in the winning position if you are not quite able to finish. Closing out the match will start happening more often.
Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Pro, is the Director of Annacone Tennis (http://www.annaconetennis.com) and MyHamptonsPro based in Sag Harbor, NY (http://www. myhamptonspro.com) and Tennis Professional at Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club in Tucson, AZ. For details on lessons, clinics, or coaching, contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-300-7323