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Eight Golden Rules for Playing Your Best Tennis

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Sally Huss, a Wimbledon semi-finalist and a national champion in her age group, has taught her own brand of Zen tennis. But she is best known as the “artist of happiness,” with cheerful paintings that have hung in the White House and which have been mass-marketed as prints and T-shirts. Now, Sally has a new booklet, Eight Golden Rules for How to Play Your Best Tennis—probably the best sports advice we’ve seen. Here’s the condensed version:Rule #1: Honor Your BodyYour body, like all bodies, has a consciousness all its own. It is aware. Its cells are aware. This consciousness is at about the same level as that of a dog’s. The kinder you are to it, the more cooperative it will be. Never, ever get mad at yourself if you miss a ball, lose a point, or double fault. The body cowers just like a dog that is being scolded. Besides that, you learn something when you miss a shot. Your body will make adjustments. Be grateful for your body’s eff orts and patient with its learning.Rule #2: Keep a Clear MindWhether you are learning a new shot or practicing to perfect an old one, your attention is on your own actions. T …

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