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zen tennis develops a philosophy behind the sport, a philosophy that takes into account the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the game. in doing so, it draws on japanese zen, chinese martial arts, indian meditation and western psychology. the exercises in the book are a mixture of on-court and off-court processes designed to increase self-awareness and improve your tennis. in keeping with the zen tradition of story-telling, zen tennis includes fables which highlight and reinforce certain veiwpoints. these are valuable methods of teaching because, instead of spelling out messages, they invite the reader to think about the issues themselves. by taking this total approach, we can gain full value from the time we allot to our game, regardless of our standard. however, the most important benefit to be drawn from this is the development of a set of attitudes and qualities that we can take into all areas of our lives. in this way sport should not be seen as something separate from work and relationships, but as a reflection of and mechanism for developing them. in this way our sport remains alive, creative and spontaneous.