Tennis is a sport for the being, rather than the mind. The being (spirit) thrives on feeling, on aesthetics, on beautiful coordinated moves, while the mind thrives on pictures, perfect poses, right – wrong computations. The best tennis pros are artists who operate at the higher harmonics of aesthetic flows, with little thought involved, just like concert pianists at their best.
Life seems full of pressures. But we can all be artists, provided we deal with those pressures which we ourselves created.
Some players misbehave. In tennis, as in life, there is no reason for bad manners. Having good manners, good attitude, grace in winning, and coolness in defeat, doesn’t hurt anyone.
Be a master of control. Show it with your emotions and your behavior.
If your opponent acts up you can show dignity, cool disapproval if you like, or you can stay uninvolved. Today’s championship rules penalize unsportsmanlike conduct and those rules should always be enforced. Someday everybody will realize that sportsmanship is the best way to survive.
More and more the best players today act like the supreme artists they are. Regardless of the pressure of the media for sensational stories, these pros respect the rules, other players and officials, and don’t lose their control.
It wasn’t always like that. Credit is due to those who are regulating the sport. Tennis couldn’t exist without rules and the contributions from the many officials who regulate and promote the game.
Tennis wouldn’t have grown, either, without the legions of “aficionados”, the media, tennis teachers, club managers, volunteer committee members, aspiring youngsters, and helpful parents.
To all of you, everyone involved in tennis, my greatest admiration and thanks. Your actions are appreciated in this sport that is moving forward, stellarly, into a brilliant future among all sports.