Hosted by: Tony Roig | June 15, 2024 |

#196- Set the Right Partner Expectation or Else PLUS Lesson from the French Open

We are friends. Playing a pickleball game. One of us will win and one of us will lose. That is just the way of things.

Imagine a world where you went into the game like this:

1. I know that no matter what, either my team or my friends opposite me on the court will be able to celebrate the win.

2. I also know that no matter what, the other one of us will walk away with something to add to their games.

I was reminded of this take on the succinct, “win or learn” idea this past weekend at the conclusion of the French Open semi-final. Specifically, Janik Sinner had just lost after a back-and-forth battle with his respected adversary, Carlos Alcaraz.

While Janik was disappointed at not winning – perfectly normal – he was able to immediately reframe the loss as an opportunity. He knows that there is a lot of tennis left in him, and in Carlos. And that they will meet again. Between now and then, Janik has the opportunity to work on his game so that the next time, Carlos is the one who leaves with a lesson to work on.

Having this sort of improved perspective can:

      • help all of us avoid the needless downside when we, unavoidably, lose one or more pickleball games, and
      • actually gain from the experience so that we can continue to grow as players.

If you like a video format better, check out the YouTube video of this episode here: Set the Right Partner Expectation or Else PLUS Lesson from the French Open- Episode 196

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Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.