How Do You Improve Mental Toughness in Tennis?
What does success in tennis require?
Of course, success requires physical practice and technical skills but that is not enough.
Tennis is more than being quick, having a strong aerobic capacity and having good strokes.
Throughout the course of your tennis training and competitive career, you will have a lot of adversity.
A few challenges you may face are, but not limited to:
If you are not mentally tough, these challenges could hurt your play on the court and derail your career.
Serena Williams is known for her accomplishments in tennis but also for her high level of mental toughness. Williams has dominated tennis for a long period of time. Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and has topped the rankings for 319 weeks.
Some may point to her physical prowess, athleticism and powerful strokes for her success.
But Serena has faced her fair share of adversity including:
- a big drop in the rankings
- a surgery accompanied with complications
- high expectations
- Grand Slam pressure
- physical fatigue, to name a few
WILLIAMS: “The ride for me was not and has not been easy… I’ve had my share of ups and downs.”
Despite her success, Serena has overcome a lot throughout her career and attributes her success to mental toughness.
WILLIAMS: “My game is my mental toughness. Just not only to be able to play, to win, but to be able to come back when I’m down. Both on the court and after tough losses, just to continue to come back and continue to fight, it’s something that takes a lot of tenacity.”
Mental toughness is the hallmark of all great tennis players.
When times get tough, the mentally tough get even tougher.
Without mental toughness, you would not be able to fully take advantage of all your talents and abilities.
Without mental toughness, you will not be able to surmount all the inevitable obstacles you will face throughout your tennis career.
Not only does mental toughness help you overcome obstacles but it will help you deal with pressure, thrive during critical moments in matches, learn from losses and keep pushing forward when times get tough.
Since tennis is highly competitive, you need an edge and the greatest advantage can be gained by honing your mental toughness.
Best of all, mental toughness is available to every tennis player.
How do you improve mental toughness?
The short answer is that mental toughness is developed through training.
Mental toughness training involves setting small challenges and finding ways to conquer those challenges. As you progress through those challenges, you can look to challenge yourself in more taxing ways.
In essence, mental toughness is developed incrementally, similar to strength training. It does not happen overnight.
Instead of looking for ways around obstacles, mental toughness training requires that you look for ways though obstacles by purposefully creating challenges in your practice and training sessions.
Your Mental Training Plan:
Everything you do to improve your mental game will instill greater mental toughness.
1. Managing high expectations that undermine confidence.
2. Learn how to focus on the process instead of results.
3. Being proactive with your confidence and not leaving it to chance.
4. Learning how to take your training to matches.
5. Staying composed in challenging situations on the court.
Every step you take to improve your mental game will improve your overall mental toughness…
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Are you (or your players) performing up to your ability in competition?
Do you bring your best and most confident game to matches?
I often hear players complain about the following problems when they play in matches…
- “I get so tight or tense before matches that I can’t think straight or have any rhythm in my game.”
- “My confidence seems to disappear when I go from practice to matches and I don’t know why.”
- “I get so frustrated with hitting bad shots or with errors and it snowballs.”
- “I expect so much when I play that I unravel and lose confidence when the match does not go as planned.”
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“Maggie had such a great weekend. As always, after she works with you she just seems more grounded and focused. She’s less likely to look around and get distracted during her match. She’s more focused on one point at a time. Also, as a parent, I’ve learned to encourage her process goals and not outcomes. Consequently, she played well and won her first doubles match, upsetting a seeded team in a really really close match!”
~Katherine Johnson Cannata, Maggie’s mother