Play clean in tennis: show good education

The fair play it is a way of thinking, behavior and sportsmanship, which is encompassed within a complex term that brings together a series of values ​​that are fundamental in sports practice and competition. In addition to respect for the rules of the game and the rules of the tournaments, fair play goes further by claiming respect for the opponent, referees and sportsmanship. In short, fair play promotes a favorable attitude in the fight against cheating and deception.

Both parents, coaches, referees, managers and sports leaders must ensure a connection between sports, education and culture. All of them should serve as an example of behavior that serves as a model for future athletes, contributing in these same attitudes of loyalty, respect, solidarity and fair play.


It is important to bear in mind that sport itself does not educate the athlete, and that it is coaches, parents and sports leaders who are responsible and the main protagonists of fair play, so that coordination is fundamental in personal training , professional, and sporty of the individual.

Fair play in tennis

The tennis can exemplify well the sports of confrontation more direct, with few players. In tennis, we face directly the opposite and are, therefore, special occasions to show our good education. By not having more witnesses than the opposite, we usually leave our personality more free than in other group sports. Therefore, a greater self-control will be necessary.


These tips can help us promote fair play in tennis and any other individual sport.

1. Play, do not humiliate. Maybe we are great players, but a good player, who realizes his superiority, does not humiliate his opponent. When nothing is played, he prefers to have fun than to demonstrate his infallible technique. In fact, it is not very elegant to show super ability or complain because a ball has bounced two centimeters before where we had predicted saying: "I do not understand, always throw where I want" ...

2. Friendship That's why you have to see sport as a time to be with friends rather than as an activity of self-affirmation.

3. Praises. "It has come to me by chance". It is a guarantee of good manners not to give praise. Repeating from time to time: "What luck I had!", "Sorry, it came to me by chance", helps to play a beautiful and close game.


4. Jokes, happened. As in the table is not well seen talk about food, you could almost say the same about tennis. It would be a bit obsessive to chat about a game half an hour earlier ("to see what a game", "I will win you"), during the game, and an hour later ("did you see that blow?", "I think I should not have given it of reverse "). The game must be given the importance it deserves and also talk about other things, joking, etc.

5. Professional players ?. Eye on the level of the rackets, brands, clothes ... It depends on our friends: if he is not used, we can overwhelm him and we look pretentious. We are not professionals, we do not need four rackets per game.

6. Remove iron from mistakes, praise successes. It's common sense. The opposite is our friend and we have to encourage him if he gets bad or recognize the good ones.

7. Angry. We are human and, sometimes, we can not avoid getting angry: with ourselves, with the opposite, with the racket. The only recipe is to wait for the match to end, to be light-hearted, although you have to learn to accept the bad moves and lose. But, if the opponent is the one who gets angry and we are calm, maybe we can let some points come in and even let him win ... Total, it's not the Davis Cup final.

8. After the game. After playing and after congratulating the opponent for his victory, it is time to go and celebrate together. And if we meet a friend, we can tell him the victory of the companion. But if we win, it is not elegant to start the conversation saying: "Well, today I won".

Ignacio Iturbe

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