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2006 New Year's Resolutions
John Mills, USPTA
Show up on time.
Cut off your cell phone while on the court.
Offer to open a "new" can of balls.
Give your opponents the benefit of the doubt on close calls.
Refrain from talking too much to your partner during the match.
Avoid "Burger Joints."
Try to find another activity or sport that will help your game (cross train).
Take the initiative and set up some practice matches, the same person doing it all the time is not fun.
Take a lesson.
At a certain point in your tennis, just maintaining your game at the same level will be excellent
Go out to lunch with your teammates. You might really get to know them and become friends. Those friends will still be around when you are unable to play tennis.
When your match is over, stick around and watch your teammates. They will really appreciate it.
Do things together that are not always tennis related, become more well rounded.
Eat better, drink less and play more.
If you cannot show up for a match or lesson, give 24 hours notice or find your own substitute, especially if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance.
Remember the same things that hurt your feelings with probably hurt someone else's feelings.
Smile a lot! It relieves tension and keeps the atmosphere more friendly.
Don't take yourself too seriously and don't be too hard on yourself during a match, nobody is perfect and even the pros make mistakes.
Add one or more new elements to your game this year, challenge yourself.
Most important, have fun on the courts!
I wish you good luck on the courts for 2006!
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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.