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Tennis Excuses
By: Andrew S. Rosz

South Florida Professional Tennis Instruction
Hollywood, Florida
, USA
(954) 922-8040

Tennis Excuses. We all seem to have our favorites. Each time we deliver a less-than-perfect performance, most of us seem to reach into the list below and get one or two of our favorite excuses in an attempt to maintain our tennis ego. This is normal. When excuses become an obsession for a player however, little progress can be made toward improvement. An excuse is simply a message to all that there is a shortcoming in our game. An excuse is also the player's first clue on where to begin investing improvement efforts. The better players have spent considerable time listening to their excuses and addressing the cause. Most often, the dedicated player will eventually turn those excuse-producing situations into their strengths.

Listed below are a few of the more common excuses used in tennis. If you can relate to one or more of them, then you have opportunity for fundamental improvement. Fortunately, each one of them can be corrected with simple changes in attitude and/or technique. Once the excuses are mastered, then the player is ready for "World Class" skills development, and a lifetime of enjoyable tennis.


It can't be me... (The "Let's Blame Something Else" Syndrome)

Let's blame the playing conditions...
    The lights are bad
    The sun got into my eyes
    It's too hot
    It's too windy
    Balls from the other court are too annoying
    Sweat keeps getting in my eyes
    My partner let me down
    My opponent isn't any good
    My opponent is too good
    My opponent got me mad by making too many bad calls
    My opponent got lucky
    There's too many distractions

Let's blame the court...
    There's no windscreens
    The court is bad
    The court is too slow
    The court is too fast

Let's blame the balls...
    The balls are too slow
    The balls are too fast
    The balls are worn
    The balls are dead

Let's blame the equipment...
    I can't get used to this racket
    I can't control my racket
    I got a bad string job
    I keep breaking strings
    My grip keeps slipping


It's me... I'm just falling apart out there...
    I' too slow
    I'm too old
    I'm too weak
    I'm too short
    I'm too fat
    I'm not good enough
    I've got tennis elbow
    I've got a muscle cramp
    My feet hurt
    My muscles ache
    My back hurts


Other Common Performance Complaints...
    I can't concentrate
    I have too many bad days
    I keep making too many mistakes
    I can't hold on to my racket
    I'm not serving well
    I can't see the ball
    I ate too much before the match
   
I drank too much (last night)

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