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Excerpted from Chapter 1 of Smart Tennis:

If someone tries to tell you that tennis is in decline, just show them the following quote by David Foster Wallace:

"Tennis is the most beautiful sport there is. It is also the most demanding. It requires body control, hand-eye coordination, quickness, flat-out speed, endurance, and that strange mix of caution and abandon we call courage. It also requires SMARTS. Just one single shot in one exchange in one-point of a high-level match is a nightmare of mechanical abilities."


Excerpted from Chapter 4 of Smart Tennis:

"Whether you think you can or think you can't you are right" --Henry Ford

Players with an undeveloped mind-body skill of confidence are all too aware of their place in the competitive heirarchy, and take a back seat to those they perceive as better at the game. Although it's natural to acknowledge and appreciate talent in others, remember that even the world's best put on their pants one leg at a time. Not being overly impressed by the opponent helps build an attitude that is second to none.

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