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January 1, 1999
Three New Years Resolutions!

Welcome to the tennis lesson hotline, sponsored by TennisWarrior.com, "your link to professional thinking." I'm Tom Veneziano. This lesson lasts approximately 2 minutes and changes on the 1st of every month.

How about we do this lesson on some New Year's tennis resolutions. Let's see, three should do the trick.  Number one, I promise I will practice the new things I have learned, when I'm in my practice matches.  How about that for a toughie.  You're going to practice during your practice matches!!!  It still amazes me how difficult this is, but this year we'll improve!  Here's a pointer that will help.

One reason why you do not practice is because you may lose and never be asked again to play with these better players.  This is understandable, but how about this approach.  Practice new things in your fun matches just for 5 minutes. You do not have to practice the whole time, just 5 minutes here and there during the match.  As you have more success with the new technique, add additional time.  Before you know it, it will become part of your game! 

Number two, I will not get down on myself when I make mistakes or begin losing.  This is a problem for most people, but this year will be different...right!  You'll clearly realize this year that mistakes and losing are part of learning how to win.  Even if you are number one in the world you'll make mistakes and lose.  Accept it as part of the process and learn to deal with it and move on.  If you have trouble, remember "mentally tough people can think in terms of negatives without getting discouraged" or the old reliable "the next shot is more important than the last mistake." Either way forget it and keep moving! 

Number three, I'll remember to use the Australian formation in doubles more often this year.  This is important because it's time to have another weapon in your doubles arsenal.  Use the Australian formation in your fun matches more often this year, even if it's not necessary.  By the end of the year your goal should be to become so familiar with the Australian formation that you can pull it out in an important match and confound your opponents, not yourself!  

Well, there you have it: three New Year's resolutions. The rest is up to you!  Let's see is there anything else I forgot...oh yeah!...Happy New Year!

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" Tom's audio cassettes have changed my thinking, aligning it with the correct information needed to improve my game. He's right there with you, inside your head, challenging you to make those changes. It's like having your own personal coach! I highly recommend his tapes for everyone."

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"On the way to my HLTA match I listened to Tom's tape, "Some Before Match Pointers." Call it a coincidence, but I won my first HLTA match ever! I just seemed to be in a better frame of mind. Thanks, Tom."

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"Tom and I have been friends for over twenty years. It's not surprising to me players talk so positively about his tapes. He's always possessed exceptional athletic ability along with an unusual analytical mind. Tom simply likes to think! At times he would drive me crazy, but he was the driving force behind my journey into tennis. I'm 6'1" and Tom is 5'6" but I could never beat the little imp! All joking aside, if Tom's thinking is on audio cassettes, you should listen! You'll never view tennis the same way again!"

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