The Inner Game Philosophy

I’ve been reading this excellent book on tennis called The Inner Game of Tennis and I think it could apply to many things and not only different sports. It’s about reaching what many sports enthusiast call “the zone” through finding a term that author Timothy Galway call relaxed concentration.

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Winners and Losers

Novak Djokovic has had the best year of his life in 2011, winning three Grand Slams but today he had to retire in the Davis Cup semi-final between Serbia and Argentina, giving Argentina a place in the finals. I write about this because I find the picture terribly strange. Can you really celebrate when someone is on the ground in pain? I don’t like Djokovic, but this is a bit much even for me.

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The giant

img_9Today Federer plays the giant, Ivo Karlovic. The guy who hasn’t lost serve once in the tournament. The guy who people say only has one shot, the serve.

When you are serving from 2,08 meters you get a different perspective on things. You can create angles that other players can’t dream of. And that is what Karlovic uses to great effect. It is not really the pace that makes him dangerous, it is the placement.

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Fedophile

federer1Many thought it was strange that I cheered for Federer in the French Open final against Swede, Robin Söderling. But true tennis fans understand me. Federer IS tennis. His way of playing is simply superior to anyone else. He is a tennis artist, not a mere player. And now he has finally proved that he is the greatest of all time.

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