I design my method for tennis to affect the effects: splendor and nobility. And while I implement the program, I tell my student-athletes and their parents to act like marbles, and allow me to be their Michelangelo. When the student-athletes and their parents use that guidance, they understand me and encourage me to be the best coach I can be.
"What do you think?" I ask. The following people declare and add:
"You are all right!"
"Perfection [good technique] is to be located at the beginning. It is not something that awaits the process of time." Aristotle.
"The rapidity of the execution [of a tennis stroke] is not what matters at the beginning, but the perfection of the details." Alexis de Tocqueville.
"If you want to tell something to an athlete, say it quickly and give no alternatives. This is a game of winning and losing. It is senseless to explain and explain." Paavo Nurmi
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill.
"The only way of finding a solution [on the tennis court] is to fight back [for every point], to move, to run, and to control that pressure." Rafael Nadal.
“Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.” Denzel Washington
“Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard… and champion don’t get nervous in tight situations.” Serena Williams.
"[Let your students know that] what is difficult in training will become easy in a battle [or at a tennis match]. And that judgment of eye, speed, and attack are the basis of victory.” Alexander V. Suvorov speaks.
"[Tell your students that] true greatness comes not by favoritism but by fitness." Martin Luther King Jr.
"The readiness is all." Shakespeare.
"...Tennis is a great school for life, I think." Justine Henin .
"The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight." Arthur Ashe.