Most of us play tennis for fun; so when we are beating an opponent badly, it is easy to start feeling guilty … and “take your foot off the gas.” And we all know happens then!
I was playing a practice singles match against Bill Simonton up in New Hampshire. He had driven about an hour to get to the court I play on; so he was probably a little stiff to start out the match.
While I perceive we are roughly equal, the last couple of times I played him in tournaments, I won fairly easily. So when I started off breaking him at love and then holding serve, I thought to myself, “Gee, he just drove an hour to get here and it won’t be much fun for him if I beat him really badly.”
You Know What Happened…
Bill actually saw and commented on the change in my game: from beating him with driving ground strokes to going for stupid drop shots. The momentum quickly switched and he got into The Zone. It became laughable as he made winner after winner and easily cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Fred Stolle Says…
“When you are beating your opponent, just remember that you can find ‘sympathy’ in the dictionary right in between ‘sh*t and ‘suicide’!”
So remember that next time you are winning.
P.S. To all you anal types out there… yes, I know Sympathy would not technically be between those two words in the dictionary; but it is still a great message!
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