Like most tennis fanatics, I spent the last half of January scheduling my life around centre court. So, if you’re open to it, I’d like to share a few things I learnt from watching the Australian Open. Sure it wrapped on Sunday but these little tips are everyday winners.
Mind your own business
Lots of players talked about maintaining focus on their side of the net. Is it courting disaster to invest too much energy into your opponent’s state of play? Quite possibly. The alternative certainly seems to net results.
Mute the commentary
Sometimes I tire of the experts’ opinions and their dissection of every game, set and match. While I respect their achievements and experience, I also respect my need for calm and quiet. The toughest game of all is learning to let life unfold without explanation.
Warm up and cool down
A stretch and an ice bath seem to be, respectively, pre and post-match rituals at major slams. I’ve taken this onboard. I’m rising a little earlier and going for a warm-up walk. At day’s end, I’m switching off my Mac and reading something the old-fashioned way. After turning in a couple of hours before my usual shut-eye, I’m feeling much brighter by sun-up.
Keep important things nearby
I just about dissolved when I saw Andy Murray tying his wedding ring to his shoelace. The jewellery lover in me was impressed by the bling. The big softy in me understood the significance of holding precious pieces near one’s
sole soul. By the way, I do hope he’s deploying some kind of nifty scout’s knot that won’t come undone when he’s returning serve at speed.
Tell me, did you catch many matches? What were your standouts?
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