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WHAT A YEAR we had in 2016. A national election that surprised many people by electing Donald Trump, a local election that stunned the county with a new Sheriff, Clarke Stearns, a new number one men’s tennis professional, Andy Murray, a new ladies number one tennis player, Angelique Kerber, Chicago Cubs winning the World Series and a memorial outlining the feats of the King of Golf, Arnold Palmer. These things don’t just happen, it takes a continuous robust effort and a motivation to win to achieve such accomplishments. One problem is that some people make such an effort and still come out on the short end. If one does his best and still loses it may be because the opponent demonstrated more talent when needed. Whatever the reason it’s still a wonderful country, Win or Lose. Let’s try to keep it that way.

Plaudits. Congratulations to the local 7.5 Combo 55+ for winning the USTA League Championship in

Hilton Head. SLV residents, Brian Aufderheide, Bob Harla and Bill Reynolds were on that team and plan to join the team when it goes to Alabama for Sectionals.

Heard on the Court. Team A serves to Team B. The receiver returns the serve with a drop shot close to the net.

The server running to get the ball hits it near the net man as GOOD STROKES FOR SENIOR FOLKS

Know Your Strengths & Limits

game plan, pre point ritual and strategy in mind.

by DAVID STANIFORD, Ed.D. SLV Tennis Professional

MOST OF THE top players compete well under pressure. They have practiced and played many matches under pressure, so they become attuned to performing at, or near, their best when the pressure is on. If you have trouble in pressure situations, strive to see each competitive situation as a challenge. For those who do have trouble handling pressure, and we all do at some time or another, the secret is to become a more disciplined thinker on court. What you think of yourself under these situations will affect how you perform. Focus on positive self-talk, stay focused on the task at hand, and have a definite

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In the new “success science” Nick Summers writes in a recent Newsweek of what separates winners from losers. The pat answer he says is that in sports at least, winners simply have certain things that mortals don’t—as one might conclude from watching the suddenly indefatigable Novak Djokovic, the Wimbledon and Australian Open Champion, who lost only one match in his first 49 in 2012.

What is it that separates winners from losers? In tennis matches over five sets in majors, fitness becomes a major issue. But fitness is not the full story. According to Timothy Gallway, author of several books about the mental side of tennis, golf and other pursuits - “There are more players that have the talent to be the best in the world than there are winners. One way of looking at it is that winners get in their own way less. They interfere with the raw expression of talent less. And to do that, first they have to win the war against fear, against doubt, against insecurity—which are no minor


In many sports we gauge how good we are by being able to defeat somebody else. This attitude is common in such sports as basketball, downhill skiing, billiards, or motor racing. Becoming a successful tennis player requires a wide range of mental and physical attributes. Knowing your own capabilities both on and off court will help a lot. Knowing what your best shots are under pressure and what has worked to win from past experience will help. Before you are under pressure, you need to know what your reactions most likely will be, and what your best alternatives are against particular players. In senior tennis then, know your fitness limits, your best shots under pressure and learn from experience. Gain confidence by knowing your strengths and limits—and go for

it!!• David is a former number one player at the University of Oregon where he earned his Ed.D. A student of movement studies at the Universities of Sydney and London, he has over 40 years experience as tennis professional, college coach, professor and administrator. An Apex award recipient, he has authored several books including, Natural Movement for Children and Natural Tennis (2nd edition).

he stumbles toward the net and hits the net and the opponent’s net man who is trying to return the ball. The net man has a bleeding laceration on his cheek. Server says, “Sorry I couldn’t stop.” The receiving team wins the point because the server hit the net. They try for ten minutes to stop the bleeding and make the net man good enough to play. No success, so match is over and the serving team A wins the match by retirement.

The Code. 38. Injury caused by player. When a player accidentally injures an opponent the opponent suffers

the consequences. Consider the situation where the server’s racket accidently strikes the receiver and incapacitates the receiver. The receiver is unable to resume play within the time limit. Even though the server caused the injury, the server wins the match by retirement. On the other hand, when a player deliberately injures an opponent and affects the opponent’s ability to play, then the opponent wins the match by default. Hitting a ball or throwing a racket in anger is considered a deliberate act.

45-46. Clothing and equipment. If clothing or equipment, other than the racket, becomes unusable through circumstances outside the control of a player, play may be suspended for a reasonable period. A player may leave the court after a point is over to correct the problem. If a racket or string is broken, a player may leave the court to get a replacement, but the player is subject to code violations for delay. Towels. Towels may be placed in the court vicinity but never to be placed on the net.•

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