BEWARE OF EXCUSE-MAKING – Allen Fox Tennis

It’s common to see tennis players making all kinds of excuses during a game. Some will argue with the umpire about a wrong call, others will accuse the other player or crowd player of inappropriate actions, while some in worst case scenario, some will even feign an injury. All these are usually done to gain a mental advantage over the opponent, which at times works. However, as a player, you need to be wary of a player who does this and also to refrain yourself from doing this.
The truth is that no one goes to the tennis court to come out a loser. Every player wants to win and will do anything just too achieve this. Unfortunately, making excuses isn’t a good way to win. Many players use excuses to mask an underlying problem rather than dealing with poor play or accepting the other player outdid them. They will look for a scapegoat to play to the crowd. Many players have failed to complete a match claiming they are injured; others blame a bad call and find it better not to deliver their best.
According to experts, excuse-making is among the commonest techniques used by tennis players to mask bad performance. They use it to cover up their anger, stress, anxiety, which obviously, influence their bad performance. A good player accepts that there are days that their game will be off, and instead of looking for a scapegoat, they will focus on the underlying cause. Was it that they weren’t psychological prepared? Were they dancing to their opponents who dictated the pace or momentum of the game? Or are they yet to recover from an injury? These are some key questions that need to be addressed instead of making excuses.
Excuse making may seem an easy way out of poor performance but is counterproductive. In fact, players who usually complain lose more games than they win. This is because it is easier to find fault with nothing rather than first accepting the poor show, analyzing the likely problem, and then seeking a solution which may take a long time and effort. Making excuse is symbolic of weak character, moral deficiency, and inability to put oneself to the test. This affects both inexperienced as well as skilled players.
It can be frustrating to deal with a player who is complaining on the court or making bad utterances. Actually, quite a number of players do this just to get to a winning player. This is because a brief altercation may make you lose your focus on the game or may anger you. It’s also a good opportunity for the player to catch a breather and slow down the momentum. The key to keeping ahead of your rival is to maintain a past face for him/her not to recover. But, if there is a break in-between, then this can derail you allowing the other player to catch up.
As a tennis player, you should avoid making excuses because of poor play. Instead, you need to ascertain why you performed that way and how to deal with it. If you are playing against an individual who’s making excuses, you should always stay alert as this may be a gimmick for you to lose your momentum and focus.
Reference:
1. http://love4tennis.pl/beware-of-excuse-making/
2. https://www.tennis-prose.com/articles/scoop/players-use-lies-excuses-fabrications-to-protect-their-ego/
3. https://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2011/05/29/beware-the-wounded-tennis-player/
4. http://adventuresintennis.com/be-vulnerable-to-play-better-tennis/

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