1. Never be outworked by always putting in 110% of your effort.
2. Don't focus on your statistics. Sometimes an off-day can throw off your statistics, but it doesn’t change your abilities. Don’t let the statistics distract you from what’s important.
3. Remember that being the biggest or strongest player on the court doesn't make you a better tennis player. The smarter, aggressive, prepared tennis player will be better – every time! Try to be that tennis player instead!
4. Have a purpose for every practice. This will help you avoid “auto-pilot” during practices which will make practices useless for you. Use your practices to prepare you for competitions.
5. Stop comparing yourself to other people. Instead, compare yourself to yourself! Ask yourself: Am I better than I was yesterday? Am I more aggressive than I was last season? This way you can track your progress in a healthy way. Comparing yourself is natural – but compare yourself in a positive way by comparing yourself to yourself!
6. Be thankful for the opportunity to play tennis. Tennis is something you GET to do, not something you HAVE to do. It’s a big commitment but it’s worth it if you really appreciate the sport.
7. Be patient. Remember that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” So just remember big changes and important progress takes time – just hold on for the long haul!
8. Play tennis for yourself and not for your friends or family. You should play because you love it.
9. Never quit or give up. Even if you don’t win, make it really hard for the other team to win. Always put up the best fight you can.
10. Keep things in perspective. Faith, Family and Academics come before tennis. At the end of the day, academics might send you to college if sports can’t. And your family is going to support you no matter what. So, remember what’s important.
**11. Train your Mindset if you want to be at your absolute best. Learn the Mindset Red Flags!
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