- ETI 022 Relish the Contest
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Relishing the contest. Appreciating the opponent. Understanding (really) the rules of a contest.
To my mind, some matches are determined before ever hitting the first ball. We have all been in situations where we knew immediately that the opponent had no chance – and equally we have all been in situations where we knew immediately that we had no chance. None at all.
The fun occurs, when we play an evenly matched opponent. And in these contest, both players have an even chance to win.
Look for these opportunities. Keep your cool. You can be ahead and blow this lead, you can play from behind and catch up – but in any event there is chance, there is luck, there are a few balls close to the line.
Contests are fun – if you see them that way!
P.S. – I will be at the BNP Paribas in Indian Wells March 10 – 12. Drop me a note if you will be there as well – we can hook up on the tournament grounds the afternoon of the 11th.
P.P.S. As regards respect for the opponent and respect for the game – this photo from Jim Fawcette tells it all!