Tennis Wisdom I have Heard and Read over the Years


Carlos Moya’s (pictured above at Roland Garros 2019) coaching has helped Rafael Nadal in his 4 most recent major titles.  I have not done anything like that, but I still think the quotes below are worth considering if one plays or follows tennis.

“Great shots win points, but good shots win matches.”  – Don Isaacs, a fellow coach at St. X

“A bad day on the tennis court beats a good day at work.”  – Ed Martin, my dad

“The good thing is there is always another tennis tournament, and you can always ask someone else on a date.”  Greg Stephenson former coach at Bellarmine University to me after a tough tournament loss and a break-up hit in the same week of high school.

“Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.” – Jimmy Connors (this seems especially true when I hit with high school players)

“Tennis is a tough sport. Holding serve makes it a whole lot easier.” – Preston Cameron

“Every day two million Americans play tennis and one million of them lose.


“If you’re thinking something good about your players, say it; don’t save it for later.”

– Both from Vic Braden





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