This discourse community was founded on athletic skills, mental toughness, and academic success. In order to contribute to this discourse community and to become a successful tennis player I needed each of these qualities.
Through the three appeals of logos, pathos, and ethos I will acquire the basic rules of tennis, establish my ranking wrought the tennis community, and gain mental toughness to be apart of the discourse community Of varsity tennis. Playing tennis on a team is a lot different than what people actually interpret from watching professional tennis on TV. Even though they may seem pretty complicated and intense, the rules of tennis are quite simple.
Before being apart of this discourse community, I first thought tennis was just a silly game that two people played by hitting a ball back and forth with a racket, but I soon learned that this sport was much more and that it took a lot more skill. Learning how to play the game well requires a player to take in a lot of information of how tennis works and how to use your skills to your benefit. To be logical and appeal to logos, you have to know how tennis works. In a regular tennis match, 3 sets are played, the first person to win 2 sets wins the match.
Within a set, you play 6 games and to win the game you must win 4 points. These 4 points aren’t on a normal scoring scale though; you start off with zero, (or “love”) and go up to 15 once the first point is won. From there you go up to 30, then 40, and once you win the next point, you win the game. There is more to tennis than just knowing the scoring system. For example, when I am serving have to make sure that get my serve into the correct service box and that my foot does not cross the base line, or I will get a foot fault.
Each point is played on a different side of the center mark, so the serving target changes each point. There are many ways a player can get setback besides getting the ball out and losing the point. Some setbacks include foot faults, getting aced on, and some points can be deducted by being destructive on the court. I have learned through my discourse immunity how to avoid these setbacks and focus on playing the game and not get too invested on what I can do wrong to make me lose.
Playing tennis throughout middle school and high school, had to dedicate a majority of my time throughout those years and gain credibility through ethos. We constantly had practice and matches day and night, I had to make these commitments to show up on time and be ready to play for hours in the heat or cold. My coach had even scheduled the team to start practice a little less than month before school even started. The time we lost each summer as something each teammate had to sacrifice in order to be fully prepared for the season. At times, had even focused on tennis more than school.
Being TABLE to balance tennis and school work did not come easy for me; but failing was not an option. To be TABLE to be apart of this discourse community I had to maintain a certain grade; otherwise I would be kicked down to the bottom of the ladder and would rarely play matches until I passed again and made my way back up to the top of the ladder. At the end of my senior year, I acquired 2 trophies and 5 medals upon playing for the team. I always wanted to be the best at the sport and constantly tried to get better in order to maintain my status in the discourse community.
Being in the discourse community of varsity tennis for 4 years in high school allowed me to be TABLE to not only succeed on my own, but also for a team. During the fall season everyone played both singles and doubles. The team score depended on how played, so it was up to me to play well and not let the team down. Whenever there was a teammate playing their match, everyone watched from the fence and cheered them on. Having all eyes on me, with them watching every move made took some getting used to. It was nerve wrecking to make sure did not make a mistake in front of everybody.
Even though it was my individual match, I played as if my whole team was playing with me. Playing tennis for hours and hours was not even the tough part of the sport, but playing for this long duration and then having to do hard strength and conditioning after was what made me soaked from head to toe in sweat and what made my legs feel like rubber after practice. Having to do sprint after print was not easy for me as a tennis player. We were not track pros and I always questioned my coach on how this could improve my tennis or if it did anything at all.
Also lifting weights and doing exercises that seemed like nonsense were things that I thought were an unnecessary part of tennis, but gaining the endurance and having the physical stamina to play well was something this discourse community has provided me to be a better tennis player. Even having tough practices and long nights playing matches, I was still willing to commit to tennis and give it my all. Having the skill to hit the ball really hard or ace a serve alone would not always be the reason that I won.
A good tennis player would just get the ball in by whatever means necessary to win, but a great tennis player would also have the mental toughness to win the match. Developed the mentality to leave the things off the court that didn’t pertain to tennis or anything that could distract me from playing my best and just focus on playing the game right; we called this the white line mentality. Mental toughness was the most important thing I have learned from this discourse community, because it is essential to be TABLE to control your emotions in any situation whether it be on or off the court.
During a match, I had to make sure I had the mental toughness to handle each situation I was faced with and to appeal to my opponents emotions through the use of pathos. Had to find ways to use their emotions to my advantage, such as ignoring them when they got confident or heated. I learned that even though I had lost a few points or even a game, it was not the end of the match. Even when I was winning, could not get ahead of myself and slack off just because I was in the lead. Learned to control the peed of the game and not get ahead of myself by playing like was down and had to catch up.
Even being up a set, I still had to make sure I didn’t get cocky and think I had it in the bag I played like I was down and had that mentality that I had to catch and play my hardest at all times. Tennis can become a very emotional sport. To prevent things like getting really cocky or angry, I had to learn how to control my emotions in this discourse community. During my matches, I sometimes got angry when I hit a ball incorrectly or lost a long rally. When this happened, I slapped my leg with y hand or even my racket at times.
Not only does slapping myself hurt, but it also shows could not control my emotions and reflects bad upon the team. It took me a while to get rid of this poor habit. Had to find other ways to take my anger out after losing a point; such as switching my racket into another hand or even talking to myself to calm myself down. Sometimes even a pep talk would bring me back up on my feet. Upon joining this discourse community, have learned how get out of tough situations in a positive way by having mental toughness and to appeal to my opponents emotions.
Being TABLE to find a balance between tennis to maintain my credibility and school took time, but it was manageTABLE. Anyone can be a good tennis player, but only a few can be great tennis players by knowing the rules and being logical. By acquiring all these techniques to help me become a great athlete and be TABLE to thrive on my own or within a team in the professional field. Am convinced that these things do prove I belong in this discourse community and that I know I can use the necessary appeals of logos, pathos, and ethos to help me succeed in future discourse communities plan on entering.