5 THINGS TENNIS TAUGHT US ABOUT LIFE
If you read our post on Tuesday, you'll know how beneficial sports are to helping you cope with life when you grow up. If you missed it- you can read it here.
This post continues from that, and gets more specific- tennis specific!
1. YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE PEOPLE CHEER FOR YOU.
When you start anything in life, when you walk onto the court, people may or may not cheer for you. Do your best anyway. You'll find in life people won't always support your decisions or choices, same goes for supporting you on the tennis court. They might not. This doesn't mean you don't show up and try your best, it means you do just that in spite of not having other support. You get over it and play your A game anyway.
2. IF YOU'RE NOT GOOD AT SOMETHING AT FIRST, PRACTICE.
Tennis is like anything, the more time you give it, the better you'll be. Don't give up. Tennis players improve significantly over time. The same goes for maths, sketching, public speaking. Practice, put the time in, and you'll surprise yourself. All it takes is will power and effort to improve in anything.
3. YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IS AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR TECHNICAL SKILL.
Tennis is a mind game. A lot of very skillful players lose because they can't handle the pressure, not because they are less skilled. The same occurs in life, be able to regulate your emotions when the pressure is on, really is where the success occurs.
4. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMEONE BETTER.
Take the pressure off, there will always be someone better than you. Someone who can do something you can't. That's ok. All you can focus on is doing the best that you can do, and control how much effort you put in.
5. ENJOY WHAT YOU DO.
Have a good time on and off the court. Smile when you fail, acknowledge when you miss hit but it wins the point, congratulate your opponent when they play a great shot, cry when you win. Enjoy each moment, because it's those moments that make up life, both on and off the court.