Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Ontario, Canada
Re: believing in your game
It's not always easy, I know I have a habit of falling into that as well - You get nervous, and you don't want to miss easy shots so you play defensive and hope for your opponent to make the mistake. Trouble is, if you're playing like that because you're nervous, then you're not going to hit through the ball, your footwork is probably not there, your eye will leave the ball, and you'll likely make mistakes anyway or leave the ball sitting there to be had by the opponent.
One thing that I've learned through the years not just in tennis but in sports in general is that there is a huge difference in playing to win vs. playing not to lose. When you play to win, it's hard to have regrets - You went for it and it either worked or it didn't. When you play not to lose, you're no longer playing your game and chances are you'll let the match slip away.
Being defensive is okay and not a bad thing if you're playing with a game plan and intention. When you're defensive because your nerves have taken over, then you're not playing with purpose anymore, and any flaws in your game technically are most vulnerable to being exposed.
"Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. Any if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But he loves you."