About Winning

Our whole culture puts a huge premium on winning. Quite likely the first question a high school player is asked after a match is “Did you win?” The question comes from parents, friends, and teammates alike. It’s just assumed that what matters most is the match score and that “won” or “lost” is the final word on whether the you were successful.

Not so fast. Scorecards are a false measure of success. Tennis players have no control over whether the opponent across the net is a stronger or weaker player. Therefore players have little control over whether they will win a particular match. The only thing a player can really control is whether they give their best effort. It’s quite possible that a player will play the best match of their life and lose, or play a terrible match and win.

Tennis players have way more control over...

I’ve played six sports in organized settings: baseball, football, basketball, softball, ice hockey, and tennis. In terms of regular physical exercise, I’ve also done a fair bit of bicycling, jogging, and weight training.

Tennis Stands Alone.

Only tennis demands strength, speed, agility, flexibility, endurance, both large- and small-muscle skills, mental toughness, courage, complex strategies, and in-the-moment problem solving.

Only tennis opens doors to people across the globe. It is truly an international sport. I guarantee you that if you travel with a racquet handle poking out of your backpack, people will come up to you and befriend you whether you are in China, Croatia, Mexico or Mozambique. Tennis players quickly recognize and honor each other with hospitality and a good game. You only need a few words in common: “out” and “good shot.”

Tennis transcends age, gender, race, and culture. A ten year-old girl can enjoy hitting with her 80...

Making every minute on court contribute to your development as a player.