Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How to become a better competitor

Dallas Aleman | Towpath Tennis Owner | Tennis Guru
Junior players Andrew Ong & Irene Norman 
are the recipients of the Diane McNeal 
Sportsmanship award at this year's annual 
meeting of the North East Ohio Tennis 

Despite a lot of talk about notions of self-respect and respect for others, it has been said that players don’t always necessarily display a suitable attitude toward their peers. Here is where the balance is--you have to be able to express how you feel, but it’s equally important to take into account the feelings of those around you. One who is a good sport has respect for the game (knows the rules, traditions, courtesy, and expectations of being a competitor), has respect for themselves (no comments like “I suck”), and has respect for their opponent and/or partner (no comments such as “ that player is a pusher", or "we would've won if my partner had played better"). Having respect for yourself, your competitor/partner, and for those that are making the event possible (the tournament director, officials, captains, and your team) is what it's all about.


The ability of having respect (or good sportsmanship) is going to carry you a long way in this world. The wins and losses will be forgot by many, but people will not forget how they were treated when they interacted with you as a competitor, team member, or spectator for that matter. Next time on the court or during your next match, make the effort to work on your own respect for the game--trust us, you'll enjoy it that much more!

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