Intimidation is a huge mental game obstacle for tennis juniors. It starts when you compare yourself to your opponent before a match. Many tennis players worry about the skills or ranking of their opponent, which causes them to feel inferior or lose confidence in ability to win. What do you think about when you are intimidated? Do you feel … [Read more...] about Does Intimidation Hurt Your Tennis Game?
Archives for October 2008
One of the hallmarks of a strong mental game of tennis is your ability to stay composed when you are down in a match or making unforced errors. You cannot be a consistent performer unless you slay the raging monster within – or control your emotions during matches. I am sure at one time (or two) your mind game let you down because you became … [Read more...] about Tennis Mind Games and Juniors Who Cheat
Staying Confident During Tough Matches On the psychology of tennis, Agassi says your opponent has to react to what you do on the court. You have to find a way to impose your will over your opponent. You have to find your way to impose your will, but it's not easy, according to Agassi. Either way you have to keep it simple - tennis is a simple … [Read more...] about Agassi: Tennis Confidence in Tough Times
Tennis parents have a big impact on their young tennis players mental health. A healthy and successful experience in tournament tennis depends on tennis parents' ability to instill confidence and positive mental game skills in young athletes. In this article, I discuss 8 tips for tennis parents to make tennis a successful and fun experience for … [Read more...] about 8 Sports Psychology Tips for Tennis Parents
Do “get in your own way” when playing in tennis tournaments? Does your mind game sabotage your tennis game during matches? If so, you may need to learn how to “get out of your own way.” You might be thinking: What does it mean to get out of my own way? When a tennis junior is unable to get out of his own way, the mind is interfering with his … [Read more...] about Tennis Juniors’ Mind Over-Control
Tomas Berdych defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 6-1, 6-4 to win the Japan Open and capture his first title this year. Berdych had a tough road to the final, with surprising wins over Andy Roddick and Fernando Gonzalez. After the tennis match, Berdych discussed the importance for focus on the court and said: "In this condition and at this level … [Read more...] about Berdych’s Mental Game Helps Earn Title
How well do you focus when feeling under pressure from tennis tournaments or matches? Does your focus wander or do you worry about results of the match such as what if… “I choke the lead away and embarrass myself?” In my work as a tennis psychology expert, many of my mental game students get caught in the trap of thinking too much about … [Read more...] about Your Concentration and Pressure Tennis
Many tennis players who are perfectionistic about their approach to tennis choke under tournament pressure. Perfectionism can hold them back from reaching their potential because they become tight, anxious, and over-control their performance. Don’t get me wrong. There are some advantages of perfectionism such as having a strong work ethic, … [Read more...] about Does Perfectionism Cause You to Choke?
The Mental Keys to Success In this short video, US Open winner Roger Federer discusses the three keys to success in tennis: Conditioning Mental toughness or mental strength Tennis skill He says you need a lot of these three components to be successful in tennis. If any one of these components is missing in your game, you are not … [Read more...] about Federer: Mental Strength Key to Success
Serena Williams suffered a tough loss against Li Na at the Porsche Grand Prix tournament this week. Williams had a convincing first set lead, 6-0, but Li Na's mental strength helped her battle back to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-4. Serena’s loss caused her ranking to slip to number 2. Li Na, ranked 30, has never made the finals of a Grand Slam … [Read more...] about Na’s Mental Strength Beats Tennis Nerves