Being brilliant at the basics rather than having flashes of brilliance....

As much as 'respect' is a fundamental life principle, I believe it's also a fundamental ingredient and skill to being a great competitor in the sporting arena and in this case on the tennis court.  Here are just a few examples why:

  • Respect the game and it's scoring system - for example, understanding that I can still win a match by winning less points than my opponent (I think I'm correct in saying that Roger Federer has only won something like 54% of all points in his professional career but 20 grand-slam titles!)
  • Respect the 'real deal of competition' by being prepared for what 'could happen' on the day - no match ever goes 'good, very good, great, shake hands!' My opponent has a 'right' to play well themselves!
  • Respect my opponent and the qualities he/she might bring to the court by bringing 100% effort myself whatever the situation
  • Respect 'time' and 'space' by being smart with my shot selection, movement and re-positioning
  • Respect that my work on the practice court will be revealed on the match court

We can also use the R.E.S.P.E.C.T acronym to develop great 'fundamentals' to our game and today's video further explores the 'R' and the 'E' with a couple of exercises easily done at home.

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