I have been passively reading this forum for many years now, but never quite had the urge to post something. However this season in our tennis league something might happen I think is worth of creating a thread.
So this is what's going on: For many years I play in a tennis team in Austria (Styria) and this year we are finally in the same group as a team called SV Leibnitz. Interestingly this is the home-club of Thomas Muster and he is #2 seed. Rumors say he and the clubs #1 seed are going to rotate playing!
Facts that speak for him playing: 1. the club really wants to win and move to a higher league, 2. Muster is friends with many people of the club, 3. Muster is always motivated to play, 4. he has a lot of time now since he quitted his second career (and rumors say he is happy to spend some time without his new wife ;) ), 5. few years back he did play in the same league (won 6:0, 6:2)
Facts speaking against him playing: 1. the date is the weekend of the Roland Garros final, 2. it is an away game, 3. does he really want to play at this level?
If he plays he goes up against our #1 which will most likely not have the slightest chance. However I will try to sit at the bench and coach my teammate... So now the question to you TW board: What can I do, say, whatsoever to coach my player and to distract Muster and give our man a chance? I know you shouldn't distract another player, but come on it's Muster, we just want to have fun (and win at least 1 game).
My suggestions: - high spin on his backhand, - come to the net as often as possible, - mix with deep slices, - hope to have the perfect day and hit every ball nicely.... this way he might get a few games (he serves well)
To distract Muster: - copy serve motion of boris becker?, - ask him how his wife is doing, - ask why he is not trying a 2hbh, might suit him better....
If we still lose we can atleast shake his hand and tell him that "we will never ever again lose against you (maybe touch his bald head)"