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February 1, 1999
Down love 40! Now what?

Welcome to the tennis lesson hotline, sponsored by Tom's Tennis Tapes, "educating players one mind at a time".  I'm Tom Veneziano.  This lesson lasts approximately 2 minutes and changes on the 1st of every month.

You're in match, you're serving, and you're down love 40.  How would you like to have a plan you could use that would at least give you an opportunity to make a comeback.  Well, I have that plan and since you were smart enough to listen to the Tennis Lesson Hotline, it's yours for free!  I call this plan "The Sleeper Technique". 

You're down love 40, you're in a tough spot, if you can increase your percentage of wins a notch or two this could mean the difference between winning and losing the match!  The first thing you have to understand is this, on the verge of victory your opponents are vulnerable to defeat. When they are winning 40 love they think they're going to win...this makes them a little vulnerable!  The first point they play will be very relaxed, that's why I call this point, sleeper number one.  They think they're going to win so you actually can catch them asleep.  You should be thinking, let's play conservative, make sure they hit balls, and see if you can pick up sleeper number one. 

If you do, the score is 15-40....they still think they're going to win because they're up 15-40.  The next point therefore is another sleeper, after all if they miss they still have another shot at 30-40.  You should play this point with the same mind-set as the first.  If you win this point the score is 30-40. This is the most important point of the game and I call it the turnaround point.  Your opponent realizes that they must win, or lose the edge. If you win, the score becomes 40-40. It's tied, but is it really?  No, not at all...you're winning!  Since you made a comeback from love 40 you'll feel like you're winning, and since they lost a 40 love lead they'll feel like they're losing!  You now have the edge even though the score is tied. That's why the point at 30-40 is the turnaround point, it brings you to a tie score that is not really a tie, but your advantage.  From this point you need to capitalize quickly to ride on the momentum.  If you do not win the next two points it will be anyone's game. You will have lost some momentum and they will feel redeemed.

Practice "The Sleeper Technique," and the point by point thinking involved, so you can learn to mentally engineer your way back from a love 40 deficit.

If you would like more information leave your name and address at the sound of the tone and I will mail you a price list for my audio cassettes. Thank you.

What others are saying about my tapes!

"Tom deals with the thinking end of tennis like no one else. It's almost too difficult to explain, you have to experience it. He has an uncanny knack for getting right to the heart of the matter. You come away thinking, that's right: it makes sense!"

Colleen Cremer, Houston, TX.

"It's interesting to note that everyone can use these tapes from beginner to championship level. You can apply the information to whatever level you play on."

Dan Hanusa, Houston, TX.

" 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."

Linda Zimmerman, Houston, TX.

"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."

Mary Ogden, Houston, TX.

"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!"

Sam Lacava,Tennis Professional, Stewartsville, N.J.

Thank you all for the testimonials! I appreciate it!

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