Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ten Fantastic Tennis Quotes

Even tennis enthusiasts sometimes need inspiration, especially when engaging in tournaments and when feeling down about their game. After all, such inspiration can give a great boost to one's game. Furthermore, the sport of tennis sometimes represents similarities to real life situations. Hence, it can provide a glimpse of life's ups and downs, uplifting your spirits and giving consolation when the world seems upside down.

Here are the top ten fantastic tennis quotes that can touch your heart and nourish your soul as you move along your tennis career and as you continue to embrace this sport:

In life, there are very few people who truly and sincerely serve others. These people are usually the ones who are blessed more. The same goes for tennis players who know how to serve greatly on the court. 

2. A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.  ~Billie Jean King, about tennis

Indeed this quote seems ironic, but is certainly true. What's great is that it is possible to be vicious on the court while maintaining a peaceful ambiance. Playing tennis certainly requires great passion. 

Doing something with love brings out amazing passion and rigor. When tennis is done with love, it brings out the best in you. 

4. Speed in tennis is a strange mixture of intuition, guesswork, footwork and hair-trigger reflexes.  Many of the players famed for quickness on court would finish dead last in a field of schoolgirls in a race over any distance more than ten yards.  ~Eugene Scott

One of the most important skills you ought to develop in tennis is speed. However, this does not mean just being fast in a race. It requires a lot of other sub-skills rolled into one, so you can be an effective and proficient tennis player. In life, quickness in achieving your goals also entails many different things in order to be successful. 

In tennis, it is not the falls that matter but how well one rises. Therefore, you should never give up because of temporary failures. Surely the success that follows will make you a champion. The same goes in life. 

6. Tennis belongs to the individualistic past - a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.  ~Jacques Barzun

Your mindset when playing tennis must be like a hero of the past, striving to survive and to win the war. When you are playing doubles, pretend that you are friends or lovers fighting against the world. This way, you give every game your best shot!

In order to be successful in tennis and in life, you must first feel and believe it. This is why confidence is key. However, great preparation is necessary. Start preparing now. 

8. Why has slamming a ball with a racquet become so obsessive a pleasure for so many of us?  It seems clear to me that a primary attraction of the sport is the opportunity it gives to release aggression physically without being arrested for felonious assault.  ~Nat Hentoff

Tennis can be an effective venue for releasing all your pent-up emotions, especially the negative ones. When playing this sport, you can release all your stress and anger, and bring out your animalistic tendencies without feeling guilty. 

Do you really understand what true heroism stands for? More than beating others, what counts the most is serving others. 

10. The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst. - Martina Navratilova

This fantastic quote gives emphasis not only on skill, but on the character of a person. It is said that a wonderful person is seen and tested when he is in the worst situation. In a similar way, when you are out there on the courts, being able to overcome your negative disposition is a true mark of your greatness. 

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