"Over-reliance on Facilitation Weakens Us"

Tennis, much like life, is a game of endurance, skill, and mental fortitude

by Federico Coppini
"Over-reliance on Facilitation Weakens Us"

Tennis, much like life, is a game of endurance, skill, and mental fortitude. Toni Nadal, one of the most renowned figures in the world of tennis coaching, sheds light on a contemporary issue that challenges not only budding tennis players but every individual in today's age: the over-reliance on technology and its potential pitfalls.

"In today's world," begins Nadal, "one of the glaring challenges we face when trying to improve is the excessive dependency on technology. Anything that facilitates too much, weakens. It doesn't push you enough." This statement is profound.

With technology simplifying many aspects of our training and lives, we are, unknowingly, removing the very hurdles that force us to push our boundaries, to go beyond our limits, and to grow stronger, both mentally and physically.

Furthermore, Nadal touches upon another pressing issue of today's digital age: the diminished attention span. "Kids these days have a lower attention span, and when you don't pay attention, it's hard to improve in anything," he observes.

It's true. How often do we find ourselves losing focus, scrolling endlessly on our smartphones, hopping from one distraction to another? But Nadal identifies the root of success, and it's simpler than most think. "Talent in life is the ability to learn, and to learn, you need focus." The formula, according to him, is straightforward: initial talent + hard work.

And if the initial talent is lacking, then it simply requires more work. "Very few in life succeed based on their initial talent alone. Most triumph due to hard work because they can focus and improve," he asserts. This ideology applies across the spectrum – in sports, music, art, and every other field.

The progression of a person's skills and expertise over time is evident in their work, and the same is true for tennis. Rafael Nadal, Toni's illustrious nephew, is a prime example of this evolution. He may be a better player now than he was at 18, but it's not solely because of his inherent talent.

It's a result of dedication, focus, and continuous improvement. Concluding, Nadal touches upon the crucial role of educators, coaches, and mentors. "The main ability of a coach, leader, or educator isn't just knowing what you're saying, but how and when you say it." Good educators shape societies, and when they are disregarded, society suffers.

In an era where technology can provide instant gratification, Toni Nadal's insights serve as a timely reminder: that true success, be it in tennis or life, stems from sustained effort, undivided attention, and the hunger to continually better oneself.