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Old 01-18-2014, 11:51 AM   #65
Dags
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In fact, I don't want my opponents to be annoyed or intimidated or etc. into playing anything less than their best tennis.
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People who are satisfied with winning because of their opponents' misfortune or bad play have a "low level" attitude. Playing for fun and to improve, and wishing the same for one's opponents, is a rather higher level attitude, I should think.
I love this attitude. There is no sweeter feeling that when you're both playing lights-out tennis.

I still play to win, but it's so much more satisfying when you beat someone and you know that they were on top of their game. Losing when I've been at my best hurts, but it gives me more positives to build around and improve upon, rather than the negative feelings when you've had a stinker.
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