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June 1, 2000
The keys to consistency in tennis

Hi everyone,  you should now feel great about your failures on the tennis court!  Why?  If Pete can do it, so can you!  Pete Sampras double faulted the last game of the match to lose in the French Open!

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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 first of every month.

The key to tennis without a doubt is consistency.  Whether you are hitting the ball right to your opponent or going for a winner, you must be consistent.  Physical consistency requires mental consistency. What is the key to mental consistency?  It’s concentration!  The ability to stay focused on what you are doing for long periods of time. Whether it is playing a match or practicing, the more you are capable of staying focused, the more consistent you will become.  You may be thinking, "Okay, I will buy that, concentration is the key to consistency.   So, where do I get this concentration thing from?  Can I purchase a pill some place?"  No, but if you ever find one let me know.

The truth is the key to concentration is self-discipline.  Wow!  This is really beginning to hit home.  You are responsible through self-discipline to improve your concentration, which in turn improves your consistency.  This means you should not only concentrate when things are going well, but also when you are losing, having trouble, or even when you are tired. Many times during practice I have heard players say.  "I’m tired, I can’t concentrate anymore, it’s time to stop."  In other words, what they are really saying is, it was the tiredness that made them stop concentrating.  It is not their fault!  This is where self-discipline comes into play.  You discipline yourself to keep concentrating even though you are a little tired and playing poorly.  By doing this you are challenging yourself to reach a new level of concentration.  When your concentration improves so will your consistency.

Too many times players look for something external, like an exciting situation, or playing well to help them concentrate, instead of relying on their own internal decision making process.  Repeat!  Too many times players look for something external, like an exciting situation, or playing well to help them concentrate, instead of relying on their own internal decision making process.  If you would like to increase your consistency in tennis you must be self-disciplined and concentrate regardless of the situation.

To summarize, the key to tennis is consistency - the key to consistency is concentration - the key to concentration is self-discipline - the key to self-discipline is YOU - and the key to YOU is...I haven’t the faintest idea!!!

Your email tennis coach,

Tom

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