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During one training session I was experimenting with different techniques to get me get into the same state as when I looked at a tennis ball for over an hour.
When training, I would try different things to help me with get that edge; a small advantage. This time, I experimented with focusing my eyes on the small granules of the surface of the court (ahead of me), before I hit my returns.
In tennis you generally lift your head to let the server know you are ready, so they can go ahead and serve. Whilst practicing this technique, I would keep my head low until I had cleared my thoughts and was ready to return.
With my head low, I would look at the court narrowing my attention towards the detail of the court's surface, psyching myself up, before every serve. The more I looked at the court, the more I saw the incredible detail In every square inch. Each inch was different, it had different colours in it; it seemed to be made up of lost of different materials and layers. Before this time I had always seen a tennis court as a tennis court; some courts were cemented, some were grass, some were made of clay. Now, somewhat differently, I was looking at the surface of each tennis court with new eyes. Over time, this square inch became a square centimetre, and the square centimetre. I started focusing on the smallest amount of detail that I could find on the surface. It could be a blade of grass, a sparkle on the cement, or a grit of clay or sand.