Published at Monday, March 12th, 2018 - 09:03:17 AM. Tennis. By Livia Febe.
Tennis players make a LOT of money. The ones at the top make millions a year, JUST from their on-court accomplishments alone (not to mention the mind-blowing figures of money thrown at them for sponsorship and adverts and so on). So, should there not be a certain respect, a certain decorum that acknowledges their position and their iconic status - something representative of their understanding how those they influence can mimic behavior, that they are not only heroes but examples of how to live life? Tennis needs strong role models who lead the way. The players not at the top make a lot of money too. The ones outside the top 100 can make a living that way. Of course, getting to 200 in the world is not easy, as that means a player is in the best 200 in the world. Just do the math on the world population and surely, it’s an impressive feat too. The point is, if Roger Federer who smashed rackets as a teenager can stop for the most part (he does occasionally have a tantrum), if Nadal can never ever smash one because his coach stated when he was a child that if he ever did that they would be finished, if those players can have the discipline and mental focus and not be violent and channel the frustration of some moments into improving their play in the following points, is that not what should be trained, encouraged and implemented on a much wider scale?
Warmup equipment: Once again, you don't want to step onto the court for your match with cold muscles and without being warmed up. A jumprope can help get your legs ready while a resistance band is great for warming up your arm and shoulder. A lot of players even keep a football in their bag to throw around between matches. Tossing a football around is especially good because it replicates and helps improve your service motion.
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