Monday, May 02, 2005

Tennis Quotes

Why has slamming a ball with a racquet become so obsessive a pleasure for so many of us?  It seems clear to me that a primary attraction of the sport is the opportunity it gives to release aggression physically without being arrested for felonious assault.  ~Nat Hentoff But that won't give me a free hand to hold the beer.  ~Billy Carter, while being taught a two-handed backhand shot The primary conception of tennis is to get the ball over the net and at the same time to keep it within bounds of the court; failing this, within the borders of the neighborhood.  ~Elliot Chaze A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.  ~Billie Jean King What a polite game tennis is.  The chief word in it seems to be "sorry" and admiration of each other's play crosses the net as frequently as the ball.  ~J.M. Barrie Tennis is not a gentle game.  Psychologically, it is vicious.  That people are only just beginning to come to terms with this fact illustrates just how big a con trick has been perpetrated on the non-playing tennis public - and even a few players, usually losing players - for decades.  ~Richard Evans The cunning competitor plays on the other party's guilt.  Continuously praise your opponent's shots, and you'll notice how he begins to press.  Self-beratement also serves to balance a guilty conscience for being successful and makes your opponent disturbed for upsetting you so.  If on occasion you call one of your opponent's "out" shots "in," then later on you can innocently call an "in" shot "out" on a crucial play.  Practice saying &#


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