Mary Pat Faley is an energetic, positive can-do voice in the tennis world. Now she is ready to bring the tennis and life lessons she has shared with hundreds of her students to millions of readers. Her practical advice, including detailed instructions for improving your tennis serve for tennis players and motivational exercises perfect for anyone, will make even the couch potato feel inspired to gain a positive attitude and achieve his goals.
Winning in Tennis and Life is far more than a tennis instruction manual. The book is divided into three sections: The Game of Health, The Game of Tennis, and the Game of Life. Each section is filled with Mary Pat’s personal life stories, success stories of her students, inspirational quotations, exercises to help readers achieve their goals, and Mary Pat Faley’s never-failing positive attitude.
Mary Pat begins by telling her story of surviving four life-threatening pulmonary embolisms that made her slow down her tennis teaching. During this time, she slowed down her teaching to recover, and she reinvented herself by becoming an author and writing the book she had always dreamed about: Winning in Tennis and Life. In addition to using her own stories of struggle as inspiration, Mary Pat also provides numerous stories from her tennis students of overcoming obstacles, including battles with cancer and blindness.
Intermixed with the personal stories is practical advice about nutrition, exercise, and how to keep yourself in good health so you can continue to win in tennis and life. Mary Pat Faley discusses foods that will fight cancer, the importance of sleep, activities to reduce stress, and techniques for focusing the mind so you can become happier, healthier, and more successful in tennis or any other goal you set for yourself.
At the heart of the book are Mary Pat’s lessons for improving your tennis game. Chapter 4 provides instruction for every tennis move imaginable, complete with diagrams to explain where to stand on the court when serving or hitting the ball. Mary Pat breaks down her “Tennis is as Easy as 1,2,3” teaching method into various instructions for:
I. Grip. II. Forehand and Backhand Vollies. III. Forehand and Backhand Groundstrokes. IV. Stances With Your Feet. V. Left-Hand Non-Dominant Hand. VI. Contact Point. VII. Finish or Follow-Through. VIII. Forehand and Backhand Approach Shots. IX. Overheads. X. Serves. XI. Return of Serve. XII. Split-Step
At the end of the book, Mary Pat also provides helpful Cheat Sheets to tear out and put in your racquet bag for easy reference when practicing. I recommend you photocopy these because you will refer to them often. In fact, I have no doubt tennis players will soon own very worn copies of Winning in Tennis and Life because they will use and revere the book so much.