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Bring Your Racquet: Tennis Basics for Kids
by Steven R White   

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Publisher:  Kirk House Publishers ISBN-10:  1933794228


Copyright:  Jan, 2010 ISBN-13:  9781933794228

At no time in history has there been so many children wanting to play tennis at such a young age. And quite naturally, young players are constantly striving to improve their games. While there are many ways to learn the game and to improve, the basics of tennis are unchanging. That is why this book, the result of over twenty-five years of tennis teaching experience, concentrates on the fundamentals of the game for the young, the beginning, and the improving player.

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As a professional tennis instructor, I wanted to illustrate the basics of the game in terms the average young player can easily follow. Too much written tennis instruction is overly detailed and unnecessarily complicated for young readers. This book allows intermediate readers to learn the basic strokes of the game from easy-to-follow instruction with simple sentences and word repetition to more sophisticated sentence structure, and new vocabulary. But what really makes this instructional guidebook fun is the blend of instruction with Manga illustrations. “Manga” is a Japanese art form loved by children and young adults all over the world. And truly, with the accompaniment of anime characters, each lesson peaks the reader’s interest in learning not only the strokes themselves, but it also promotes their reading skills and drives them to understand what they are reading – the instruction relative to a game they wish to learn.


“Change the way you think”

Confidence is seeing what you want to happen rather than what might happen. A confident tennis player feels good about himself even when he’s not playing his best. He has a clear image of his abilities and believes in them.

Self-confidence can be developed through a conditioning process of practice and belief. It requires positive habits of thought in your mind and in your actions. Learn to “think like a winner”. Visualize and think positive thoughts you would like to happen, and block out doubtful thoughts on things that have yet to occur.

Many young players have trouble believing in themselves and their abilities. The problem is that when they place themselves at a particular level of play, they will usually remain there until they change the way they think of themselves. To get to the next level of play, etch a confident image of your tennis abilities into your mind. Regard yourself and your abilities in terms of your strengths. Don’t forget your weaknesses when it’s time to improve them, but don’t measure your tennis game strictly by them.

A winner is someone who believes he will win. He believes until the final point of the match has been played. If he finds himself behind in a match, he has the ability to surge ahead through his strong conviction and belief in himself as well as his determination in refusing to accept defeat.

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Richard Hatfield, Director, Newman Tennis Center, United States Professional Tennis Association
Bring Your Racquet is a resource that any parent or beginning/intermediate player can refer to when they are not on the court with their Pro. Some Pros instruction may differ slightly from the information in the book. None of us teach exactly the same, but 99% of the book is the information that Pros impart to their beginning and intermediate students.

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