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Steffi Graf
"You can't measure success if you have never failed. My father taught me that if you really do want to reach your goals, you can't spend anytime worrying about whether you're going to win or lose. Focus only on getting better."
Steffi Graf

The Aussie expression....."No Worries Mate"... is a tennis lesson. Worrying is a human behavior that doesn't produce anything positive. Steffi Graf is right. Players and all their supporters need to focus all energies and efforts on simply getting better.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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"The person I have to beat is the guy I was last week."
"The person I have to beat is the guy I was last week."
Ryan Reynolds, actor

Very often a thought from a good Canadian boy is worth sharing, especially hockey players. If only young tennis players knew their real competition is in the mirror. It is amazing how much useless, self-inflicted interference is created on a day in and day out basis by junior tennis players. Parents often add to the craziness by being over-interested in results, even the score of practice sets. The top coaches just want players to learn how to compete, just be highly motivated to get 1% better.

Reynolds is right. To eliminate self-destructing anxiety, one should just try to be better than they were last week.

Steve Smith
GreatBaseTennis
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Words of Gold
Words of Gold

....I hope your hard work rubs off on the other players......

Words of gold from an American who competed for gold. Steve Jensen was the leading scorer for the 1976 US Olympic hockey team. He played in the National Hockey League and was the fifth American in the history of the league to score 100 goals.

It is not the fault of the kids today that they are not hard workers. There are many factors for this, one is electronic toys. For example, less and less kids play outside of the home. Indoor kids simply do not become very athletic. Yes of course, a declining percentage of kids today are hard working. Yet the ones that are not, need our help. I would recommend that coaches and parents with players and children, respectfully, from all sports, in their formative years take a couple of minutes and listen to Mr. Jensen on the attached video. His message is powerful, emotional and, hopefully, a life-changing lesson.

Steve Smith
GreatBase TENNIS
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Borg-Mac
Borg-Mac

Borg wins this one. The Swede is holding the trophy at the end. Check out the attached video. The Fed & Nadal can reproduce the same one-minute commercial in the year 2047.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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40 Years Ago
40 Year Ago
Appreciation & Understanding & Learning

Bjorn Borg at the four minute mark of the first tape misses a relatively easy passing shot and responds with a negative reaction; something that was rarely seen. The speed of the ball was definitely slower yet the display of tennis is a worthy tennis lesson. The Pepsi Grand Slam was a four player exhibition held at Boca West in Boca Raton, Florida. The event was set to have only the Grand Slam champions play but in those days the top players did not play Australia, the event was in December, right before Christmas, and had a much smaller purse than the Grand Slams. The Boca event was played with the top four players in the world. On today's tape, one will see a contrast in players style with Jimmy Connors attacking with approach shots and Borg counter-attacking with passing shots. I was fortunate to attend all but one of the Pepsi Grand Slam events.

Roger Federer, "Today 90 percent of my opponents stay back. Early in my career, that was not the case. Tennis was more interesting when one player would play differently than the other."

Vic Braden,"Today if one player is playing another player who is better than they are from the baseline, they should just mail in the score. They have no variety, no options to change their tactics."
Five months before this exhibition, Connors beat Borg to win the '76 US Open and the match was also played on har-tru, American green clay. In my opinion, players would play better and coaches would coach better if they had an appreciation for tennis history.

In addition to the Borg-Connors highlight clips, check out the third tape which compares the technique of Borg and Federer.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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