Mastering The Fundamentals
As a young child you were taught the alphabet, phonetics
and simple language skills. As you got older your mastery of the English language also improved. Your sentence construction
became more and more detailed and interesting. Your vocabulary became larger and your use of descriptive words (adjectives
and adverbs) increased. Thus, your sentence structure improved, your paragraphs became more solid and your writing in general
got better. Your reports became informative and interesting.
Apply this to your tennis. In tennis, you start with
the fundamentals (footwork, ground strokes, serve, volley, etc.). Once you acquire the basics, you can start mixing shots together. Then you can start
composing points. Once you can construct points then you can construct games, sets, matches and then tournaments.
You certainly would not enjoy reading a dull book.
Think of your tennis as an exciting book. Mix up your shots. Add direction, height, spin and shot selection. Make it fun for
someone to watch you play. As in English where you improve your vocabulary, in tennis improve your shot selection. Do not
get into the trap of hitting the same shots over and over. Make your game exciting like reading a great book.