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A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.
— Cullen Hightower —

If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find.  If I wanted to become a failure, I would seek advice from men who have never succeeded.  If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.

  • Joseph Marshall Wade —

Be like a postage stamp — stick to one thing till you get there.

  • Josh Billings —

If you don’t do it excellently, don’t do it at all.  Because if it’s not excellent, it won’t be profitable or fun, and if you’re not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?

  • Robert Townsend —

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated.  You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

  • David Lloyd George —

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failures, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

  • Theodore Roosevelt —

Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.

  • Les Brown —

If you have made mistakes…there is always another chance for you…you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.

  • Mary Pickford —

There is but one secret to success — never give up!

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Dennis Is Back ...................


  • THANK YOU with all my heart to those who supported us over this very long a trying experience. It is not over yet although through all of this Linda and I have become stronger with a much greater passion for those in the same situations we were in. It is GREAT to be back teaching and looking forward to a very fulfilling life…
  • I have the privilege of working with Fernando Velasco at the Circle C Tennis Club in Austin Texas.

This is a link to get you updated on our progress. 




  • This site is dedicated to those who have played tennis for many years and those who are just getting involved, from top ranked players to many of you just learning to serve and all of you in between…..........
  • Welcome to our site — we hope you enjoy what Ralston Tennis has to offer.
  • We will be adding more tennis links, tips, tactics, camps, clinics & videos — as well as information about where you can meet Dennis in person.

On The Mend...............

Despite the medical problems that led to the amputation of his left foot, Dennis Ralston is moving forward with a new purpose, thanks to the help of friends. To read this great article just click on the link:


Thanks to these people and others Dennis will be back. Longtime friend Tommy Tucker, BNP Paribas Open CEO Charlie Pasarell and sports super agent Donald Dell have started fundraising through the International Tennis Hall of Fame to alleviate some of Ralston's financial burdens.


—Lets help Dennis and his wonerful Wife Linda get back on their feet—

Tax-deductible contributions to the Dennis Ralston fund may be made payable to the International Tennis Hall of Fame - Dennis Ralston Trust Fund., c/o Nancy Cardoza - 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840. An account also has been opened in Austin. Anyone interested in contributing should e-mail Fernando Velasco at fernando_velasco@circlectennis.com or call him at 512-301-8685.


The Ralston Method.................

  • Dennis discovered these 4 points by watching and playing the great tennis players, as well as working with students of every level. These 4 simple points apply to all the shots. It's important to Dennis that his students understand the theory behind effective tennis so they can keep improving and correct issues on their own. Dennis wants to teach his students to be their own tennis coach. If you are frustrated with your game and have heard conflicting things from other tennis pros, schedule some time with Dennis- he will put you in charge of your own game. It’s important to Dennis that his students understand what makes a good shot and that they leave with a deeper understanding of why some shots “feel” good and others don’t

Dennis's history in the sport.................

  • The Start Up Years, National Junior and Junior Davis Cup Years, Wimbledon at 17 and the Big Circuit, Davis Cup Years – Playing – 1960-1966, Becoming a Touring Pro with my Hero, Open Tennis Years (for me), Becoming a Player-Coach – Tanner and Others, Coaching and Captaining the Davis Cup Team, Coaching Chris Evert and Noah, SMU Coaching Years, Broadmoor to Present.
  • I had to make a big decision; to go to my high school graduation or travel to England and compete in the Wimbledon Championships.

Tennis tips.................

— Timing —   


  TENNIS TIP: If you can’t get to the ball and give yourself time to set up, your timing will be off.

     TENNIS TIP: Start off hitting the ball a little softer and slower until you get your timing on your serve and your other strokes.

     TENNIS TIP: Good timing is hitting the ball smoothly and on balance.


— Intensity —


      TENNIS TIP: Tension level varies from one player to the next. You must find your own acceptable level.

      TENNIS TIP: Strive to have the same tension in your body near the end of a rally as you did when you started it.


— Consistency —

  1. A beginner can start learning about consistency by having someone feed him balls from a basket
  2. As you improve your game, progress from having someone feed you balls to exchanging crosscourt forehands and hitting ten balls in a row on the court. Keep a medium pace.
  3. The next step is to maintain your consistency while picking up speed and power. Try for a long rally.

  Consistency should be the foundation of your game in every area, including your serve.



— Thank You Tennis Life Magazine & Joel Drucker for the article —

Hall of Famer Dennis Ralston delivers his words as crisply as he struck his volleys.  His are the sensibilities of a man raised in the wide open spaces of 20th century California, similar in cadence, diction and precision to the forceful resonance emanating from such fellow Golden State tennis legends as Jack Kramer, Don Budge and Billie Jean King.  It’s a voice of concrete experience gained early and frequently on concrete courts. 

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