Does winning in tennis have to be ugly?

A recent commenter on this blog argued that tennis at the leisure level should be about mutual cooperation, creativity, and expression, like a dance, rather than an ugly competition where dog eats dog.

I think there’s a lot of truth in that argument.

At the same time, I wonder if trying to win has to be ugly. In contrast, could it be the key to better performance?

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Waiting for Superman (or would it be Wonder Woman?)

Years ago, I saw the documentary Waiting for Superman, which introduces the concept that the American public education system is vainly waiting for a superhero to come save it.

I suspect that I’m waiting for the same thing, but in my case, it’s my tennis game that needs saving. Too often I’m finding myself at the losing end of matches, even with players who are at my level. When I do get a lead, the tide soon turns and the set disappears.

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