“Noble Tennis: The Wisdom of Sport” with Tony Roth

Written by: Tony Roth

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***Having trained and competed intensively as a junior player with Pierre Lamarche at the All-Canadian Tennis Academy, reaching a national level as a junior and, later, an Open Men’s Ranking of #1 in Ontario, Mr. Roth has been a full-time teaching professional for the past 19 years. He is amongst a small group certified at the Coach 4 level, is a graduate of the High Performance Coaching program with the National Coaching Institute, and possesses an M.A. in Philosophy from Queen’s University. Tony has worked as both a Provincial and National Touring Coach, and has been the lead or contributing coach to many national and international competitors.***

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Tony Roth is the Founder and Director of the Noble Tennis School, and the Tennis Director at the Ottawa Athletic Club.

The School, with more than 200 junior participants, is amongst the largest and most successful in Canada, and is based on the principles outlined in Tony’s book, “Noble Tennis: The Wisdom of Sport.”

The School sparkles with the energy of enthusiasm and the authority of competence. Here there are constant ‘miracles’ of unsuspected achievement and understanding, transforming the unknown into the known, and mastered.

The School rings with laughter, punctuating the solemnity of the great human and humanizing process – learning itself. This is the solution to everything, discovered in the pursuit of mastery, discovered in the context of art, and game.

The School is a place of discipline, which means order. Here the best and most necessary things are done in the right way, over and over again. This is the stable bedrock on which character, competence and confidence are built.

The Noble Tennis School measures success and results at three inter-connected levels:

i) Human Success (self-mastery, essential qualities, maturity of conduct, quality of effort),

ii) Developmental Success (learning, mastery of skills, improvement, development), and

iii) Statistical Success (winning matches, tournaments, rankings).

Some of the biggest success stories in the School involve people that never attain significant statistical results, but develop and express noble qualities via tennis that serve them well in their education and destiny. Competing and winning in competition requires a certain type of mentality and character, plus time, skills, training, bodily health, and money. A person can lack some or all of these things to varying degrees, but nevertheless gain handsomely via the sport and the School.

For more information and to order “Noble Tennis,” please visit www.nobletennis.com.

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