| By Joel Ross

Jesse Owens, the great Olympic champion in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, was taught by his coach at Ohio State to run like a horse. What he meant was, look straight ahead when you run, with a singular purpose of getting to the finish line first. Just the way a horse runs.

Have you ever seen a horse looking to his side or behind him to see how the competition is doing? No, that is ridiculous. A horse just runs straight.

That's the way we need to play tennis. No looking behind, thinking ahead, worrying about the outcome or anything like that. Keep your mind free, put on the blinders, play with a singular purpose and sprint to the finish line ... just like a horse!

Joel Ross

<p>Joel Ross is owner/director of <a href="http://joelrosstennis.com">Joel Ross Tennis &amp; Golf Camp</a> in Kent, Conn. Over the past 22 years, more than 5,000 campers have enjoyed the<a href="http://joelrosstennis.com"> &quot;Joel Ross&quot; tennis camp</a> experience. Joel was NYS High School Singles Champion in 1967 and 1968 while playing for Westbury High School on Long Island. He was Big 10 Singles Champion in 1971 while attending University of Michigan and was on the cover of <em>Tennis Magazine</em> that year. He was player/coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Tennis Team in 1977 and won a gold medal in mens doubles with his partner, Peter Rennert. He may be reached by e-mail at&nbsp;<a href="http://info@joelrosstennis.com">info@</a><a href="http://info@joelrosstennis.com">joelrosstennis.com</a>.</p>