nodot nodot
Tennis Warrior
August 2015 Article

Tennis Warrior Archive

Send a message to Tom

Get Tom Veneziano's book The Truth about Winning! at Amazon.com

Tennis Server

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

Tom Veneziano You will join 13,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano.
Best of all, it is free!

Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:

Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
Tennis Server Match Reports
Editor's Letter
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
Tennis Links on the Web
Tennis Warrior Banner

Green Dot
Tennis Warehouse Logo
Green Dot


Tennis Misinformation Madness

Tom Veneziano Photo
Tom Veneziano

Misinformation is flying everywhere in tennis. If you find that you are confused, over-thinking and changing your game, you may have fallen victim to some false beliefs. As a coach, parent or player, you can save many hours of frustration simply by recognizing what's wrong and where the wrong is coming from.
To help you, I have identified three significant sources of misinformation. All three are often based on a player's need to bolster his fragile self-confidence by getting a quick fix or a feel-good solution without having to accept his negatives, mistakes and failures. This is why many players have trouble forgetting and moving on from their mistakes in match play. They have not yet learned to stay confident during their losses. This should be a priority!
This is a problem I have gone over many times. I constantly hear players tormenting themselves because they did not do this or that technique in match play. As if it will magically solve their match problems! I'm not talking about an occasional, objective tip to help you along. What I'm talking about is the overdone, all-consuming, subjective thought process which concludes that techniques will save the day. I never hear players say, "I need more repetition training to eliminate these problems!" That, at least, would be closer to the truth.
In match play, what you have is what you must work with! Accept that fact, and your burden shifts from the unbearable weight of technique to the inner strength of mental attitude. In the face of adversity, a relaxed mental attitude carries you with ease. This is the substance of which Champions are made. It's called mental toughness.
Another subtle origin of misinformation is your peers. In tennis there is a generally accepted theory: If players win they have done something right, and if players lose they have done something wrong. If a fellow player looks better or has won a few matches, most players assume that what he (or she) does is correct. If he then starts giving advice and claiming he knows the best way to do something, everyone thinks, "He's winning, so that must be right!"
From experience, I can assure you that the advice given is wrong seventy percent of the time. That kind of advice is usually just a manifestation of that player's band-aid solutions which will only carry him as far as that particular level of play.
I am not saying to never listen to advice. Just do not automatically think it is right. If I were you, I would talk it over with a knowledgeable pro and get his (or her) opinion. In the long run, that could save you a lot of grief and stop you from developing the wrong concepts. You do not want to develop concepts that may offer you limited success at your present level but will completely fall apart on the next higher level.
This misinformation I have seen often at junior tournaments, but it also happens on any level. The junior comes off the court after losing and a host of people tell the parent what went wrong. Meanwhile, the coach has a forty-five minute talk with the junior to explain what went wrong. I often think to myself, "Who has the problem with losing, the junior or the coach and parents?" If the whole losing event was not made into such an ordeal, in time the child would forget it and move on to the next tournament. Instead, the message sent to the child is that losing is bad and here are four hundred and eighty-five things you have done wrong. Do these right and you will win.
How about the novel concept of "You lost. Welcome to competition." Give them a word of encouragement and move forward, onto more training and a new tournament.
In closing, I realize that most players believe the concept that to improve they must correct their failures and mistakes. That is why the misinformation I have just covered is appealing to so many people. But there is no greater failure and no greater mistake than to not develop the correct mindset about negatives, mistakes and failures. In true Tennis Warrior fashion, all the false tennis concepts are cast aside as you forge ahead in the reality of mental toughness.

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Tennis Warrior Archive

If you have not already signed up to receive our free e-mail newsletter Tennis Server INTERACTIVE, you can sign up here. You will receive notification each month of changes at the Tennis Server and news of new columns posted on our site.

This column is copyrighted by Tom Veneziano, all rights reserved.

Tom is a tennis pro teaching at the Piney Point Racquet Club in Houston, Texas. Tom has taught thousands of players to think like a pro with his Tennis Warrior System.


In Tom Veneziano's book "The Truth about Winning!", tennis players learn in a step-by-step fashion the thinking the pros have mastered to win! Tom takes you Step-by-step from basic mental toughness to advanced mental toughness. All skill levels can learn from this unique book from beginner to professional. No need to change your strokes just your thinking.

Audio CDs by Tom Veneziano:


Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
Australian Open Tickets
Dallas Open Tickets
Delray Beach Open Tickets
ATX Open Tickets
Mexican Open Tickets
BNP Paribas Open Tickets
Miami Open Tickets
Credit One Charleston Open Tickets
US Men's Clay Court Championships Tickets
Wimbledon Tickets
Citi Open Tennis Tournament Tickets
Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Tickets
National Bank Open Womens Tennis Canada Tickets
Odlum Brown Van Open r Tickets
Tennis In The Land Tickets
US Open Tennis Championship Tickets
Laver Cup Vancouver Tickets


Popular Tennis books:
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
Most Recent Articles:
October 2022 Tennis Anyone: Patterns in Doubles by John Mills.
September 2022 Tennis Anyone: Short Court by John Mills.




"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Tennis Server receives a commission on all items sold through links to Amazon.com.


Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
791 Price Street #144
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy