We all just want to be big Rock Stars! Or at least that’s what Nickelback sings about, right? Well, I think US Tennis might have just found it’s next big Rock Star! Tommy Paul!
Rock Star, you meow? Of course! He’s got the purrfect name for it! Tommy Paul! He’s a hybrid between Tommy Lee (the hot drummer from Motley Crue…hi Tommy, call me 😉 ) and Paul Stanley (the guitarist from the rock legend band, KISS. He’s the one with the big star on his eye).
I haven’t talked much about Tommy Paul because I am barely catching wind of this kid. I say kid…he just turned 20 years old in May. And there is good reason for that. I saw him play last night in only his 12th tour level match against Kei Nishikori (seeded #2 at this tournament and ranked 9th in the world). So, Tommy Paul is green…very green. But he gave Nishikori a run for his money! Paul won the first set 6-3 and took it to a close tie break in the second set. But his lack of experience got in his way and Nishikori won the second set tie break. Then is was all Nishikori to the very end. Nishikori wins the match 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Tommy Paul did not win his quarterfinal match last night, but on Monday, he will have moved up in the rankings from his current ranking of #225 to #170! Not bad for having played only 12 matches as a professional!
I’m no tennis coach, but if I had a couple of minutes with Tommy Paul, I would recommend the following:
- Take time between serves. You were playing way too fast, leading to too many errors. You’ve got to mentally re-set or your going to double fault.
- Control your movement. You’re a bit of an uncontrolled tornado on the court. Make more strategic motions and you’ll conserve energy (to make it through three long sets). I love your two handed backhand, by the way.
- Develop short term memory. You had a long rally and still lost the point? You double faulted? You’re opponent just served three aces in a row? No big deal…lose that from your memory and focus on the next point on your racquet.
Furriends, keep that name in your head because I do not think this is the last we will hear from Tommy Paul.
And, you’re welcome for that Nickelback ear worm! Happy Caturday, everybody!
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