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You might find it helpful in a match, between points, to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I watching the ball? This is a probably the most important single thing that you can do to improve your game. If you are really seeing it well, you will see the seams turning.

  2. Am I relaxed? Players that can relax last longer, have fewer injuries and recover from the match quicker.

  3. Am I breathing? Go to the gym and ask a trainer how important breathing is. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

  4. Am I watching my opponent's racket after I finish my shot? In doubles, watch the closest opponent's racket to you in the point.

By asking yourself these questions, you will notice that you do not have time for negative thoughts. What could be better?

Good luck on the courts!

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John Mills currently teaches tennis at the University of Houston, Clear Lake campus. John Mills' experience includes four years as head pro at the Windemere Racquet & Swim Club, where he was responsible for organization of all tennis activities at the club. John also played college tennis at the University of Houston and has spent 20 years teaching tennis at the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Pasadena Racquet Club, and as the head pro at the Bay Area Racquet Club.


 

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