Whenever two players step on the singles court for a tennis match, there is a favorite. Usually, the favorite is the person who is ranked higher or has the better career results.
However, there is a very strange thing that happens in tennis, more than any other sport: the better player does not always win.
The scoring in tennis is bizarre; 15-30-40-deuce-ad-game; what does this all mean? It basically means that the person who is behind has a great chance to come back. It also means that right when you think you are about to win the match, a few points going in the other direction can change the outcome. Add tiebreakers to the equation and you have total chaos.
Admittedly, the better player will win more often than not if the players step on the court together enough times. Again though, there are matchup issues, conditions on a given day, injury considerations, court surface, and many other variables that can affect the outcome.
The bottom line is, if you are the player, play every point the best you possibly can, never give up, and always remember that the match is never over until you shake hands, or bump elbows, at the net…
Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Pro, is the Director of Annacone Tennis, www.annaconetennis.com and MyHamptonsPro, www.myhamptonspro.com throughout the Hamptons, NY. In addition, Steve and Miguel Coelho have introduced the JET (Junior Elite Tennis) program at the Tucson Jewish Community Center (Tucson, AZ) for high level players ages 8-18. Please contact Steve at email@example.com