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网球月刊——致胜秘诀(五十二)
海特网球商城 / 2012-12-11
QUOTE OF THE MONTH – No need to wait

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.” Anne Frank
TIP OF THE MONTH – Quack, Quack, Crack!

(Many of you who know me also know that I am blessed with a daughter who is absolutely crazy about tennis. Kalindi is now 12-and-a-half, trains about 20-25 hours per week, and has played for two years. Working with her has taught me tons about teaching and learning. Here’s a highlight from this past month. Without doubt, Kalindi and I have spent the most time developing and practicing her serve. Not always easy when you start a girl with little to no throwing skills with a continental grip. We all know the serve is the most complex tennis stroke by far. Although she now hits a first and kick serve reasonably well, there are always some small evolutions that take place. For the serve (and all strokes for that matter), there is a sequence to all tennis strokes that some call the “preparation phase, the strike phase, and the release or finish phase.” For me, since keeping it fun and focused is one of my responsibilities, we came up with the idea of lining up 3 ducks in a pond. When Kalindi serves, the FIRST DUCK is the preparation before the toss. This consists of getting on balance, making a decision about where to place the serve, taking a deep breath, and getting prepared mentally to play focused the entire point. The SECOND DUCK is the simultaneous take back of the racquet whi
le coiling, the toss, and loading the legs. Then comes the final step, the explosive hit. Hence QUACK, QUACK, CRACK. 
INSPIRING STORY OF THE MONTH – Maintain Your Integrity

A while back, there was s story about Reuben Gonzolas, who was in the final match of his first professional racquetball tournament. He was playing the perennial champion for his first shot at a victory on the pro circuit. On match point in the fifth and final game, Gonzolas made a super “kill shot” into the front corner to win the tournament. The referee called it good, and one of the linemen confirmed the shot was a winner. But after a moment’s hesitation, Gonzolas turned and declared that his shot had skipped into the wall, hitting the floor first. As a result, the serve went to his opponent, who went on to win the match. 
Reuben Gonzolas walked off the court; everyone was stunned. The next issue of a leading racquetball magazine featured Gonzolas on its cover. The lead editorial searched and questioned for an explanation for the first ever occurrence on the professional racquetball circuit. Who could ever imagine it in any sport or endeavor? Here was a player with everything officially in his favor, with victory in his grasp, who disqualifies himself at match point and loses. 
When asked why he did it, Gonzolas replied, “It was the only thing I could do to maintain my integrity.”

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