As beginning players, we are very happy to learn to strike the ball and even happier to be able to rally with the coach or a friend.
When things get better and we realize that we can play higher-level tennis, we expect more from ourselves than simply hitting the ball back and forth over the net.
And the more we expect, the more frustrated we become…
Why the frustration?
Because in tennis, you cannot play your best ALL the time!
Our expectations grow faster than our physical capabilities. We want results today, and we want them right now…
Well, this is not always possible; therefore patience is one of the biggest qualities that tennis teaches us.
One of my favorite pieces of advice I give my students is that instead of dwelling on the fact that they missed a shot, they should become problem solvers and find ways to prevent that mistake from happening again.
You cannot play tennis without making errors!
You have to accept that.
The better the player, the better their understanding of creating solutions and overcoming obstacles!
Then…success will follow.