Some of you may have heard the creed of the U.S. infantryman, but probably not many have heard the racquetman creed…
‘This is my racquet. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My racquet is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My racquet, without me, is useless. Without my racquet, I am useless. I must swing my racquet true. I must hit straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must attack before he. I will…
My racquet and I know that what counts in tennis is not the power of our shots, the noise of our grunts, nor the length of our rallies. We know that it is the points that count. We will win…
My racquet is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its gromets and its strings. I will keep my racquet clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
Before God, I swear this creed. My racquet and I are the defenders of my court. We are the masters of our enemy.’
Reasons to never throw your racquet:
1) Racquets are costly, and you might break it. You will certainly damage it.
2) It is bad etiquette and people will look down on you.
3) In tennis and in life, you should strive to be in complete control of your emotions
4) It is childish and silly.
5) It does not solve any problem, not even your anger.
6) You can lose points over poor sportsmanship if an umpire gives you a penalty, making your problems even worse.
7) Perhaps the greatest reason not to hit or throw a racquet is that it gives your opponent a surge of positive emotion. When I see my opponent throw or smash his racquet, I know that I have him so rattled he cannot contain his anger. He is seeing red and not thinking clearly. This, I can take advantage of. Perhaps I hit a series of neutral balls down the middle causing him to press, hit errors, and get even angrier. Perhaps I intentionally irritate him a little bit just to drive him further over the edge and guarantee his self-destruction….
8) If you break a racquet, then your strings break on your spare, you won’t be able to continue playing because you don’t have a racquet!
9) You will earn a reputation as a player who is easy to break mentally. From then on, opponents who know your reputation will go down fighting hard. You may be up 4-0 in the last set, but if they know you can implode at any moment, they will hang in there tooth and nail on the off-chance that you get upset and throw tantrums, and let them back in the match.
The same goes for never showing anger in any way. Never bang your racquet. Never Yell, etc.