How to Take your Game to the Next Level
“IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!” Just glancing at this statement may sound selfish but, for many tennis players, this is the reason they chose to play tennis.
Some athletes just don’t enjoy team sports. These athletes may experience a greater sense of pressure thinking their teammates depend upon them for playing at a certain level.
Conversely, athletes that rather participate in individual sports feel a greater sense of control knowing that their performance is TOTALLY up to them.
Not depending upon others may be good for some tennis players, but it is not without mental pitfalls. When some tennis players are having tough times on the court, they can become so harsh on themselves causing themselves to lose confidence quickly.
On the flip side of the coin, some players look to assign blame outside of themselves after a bad match or tournament, for example, “The opponent made bad calls today,” “My coach didn’t spend much time with me last week” or “My parents put too much pressure on me.”
In order to perform at your peak as a tennis player you need a high level of self-responsibility without being excessively self-critical. In others words, you need to be objective when you evaluate your game.
A greater sense of control is the exact reason 17 year-old tennis pro Amanda Anisimova chose to play tennis.
Anisimova pulled off a huge upset at the 2019 French Open beating third-ranked Simona Halep in the quarterfinals in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. The win marked the first time Anisimova beat a top-five opponent and her first time advancing to the semifinals at a major championship.
Anisimova loves the individual part of playing tennis. Anisimova feels she is in the driver’s seat with her level of play and she relishes the self-responsibility required to lift her game to the next level.
ANISIMOVA: “In tennis, you don’t have to depend on anyone. I did gymnastics as a kid, and I liked that too, because I only had to depend on myself. It’s not like it’s all about me, but at the end of the day, if I won or lost, I knew what I had to improve, and couldn’t rely on a team.”
Anisimova takes an objective approach when she reviews her play in a match.
Without beating herself up, Anisimova looks for ways to improve whether she wins or loses. This approach provides a feeling of control and keeps motivation high as Anisimova looks to grow her tennis game.
Taking your tennis game to the next level requires that you put your performance in matches squarely upon your shoulders.
That means, you need to take responsibility for your conditioning, practicing, improving strokes, developing mental skills, pushing yourself to your limits, playing with consistency and performing confidently during matches.
If you can implement this objective approach and take responsibility for your game, you will be well on the way to taking your game to the next level.
Take Responsibility for Your Tennis Game:
After each practice and match, identify just one thing you want to work on in order to improve and grow. Dedicate some time developing this one aspect of your game.
Too often tennis players list too many things they did wrong which only serves to lower confidence and motivation. Avoiding thinking only about the missed shots and opportunities.
Taking control of your game requires that you take responsibility for all aspects of your game including your mental and emotional.
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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.”
“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.”
“My confidence seems to disappear when I go from practice to matches and I don’t know why.”
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What are mental game customers saying?
“Dr. Cohn did a great job working with my son Joe on his mental skills for tennis. He taught him the mental skills and discipline necessary to move to the next level.”
~Mike Withers, dad of Joe Withers
“Since you last worked with AJ in early September, his National ranking has improved from 349 to 148. His tournament record at one point, since talking with you was 17-4, with 3 of the 4 being in third sets or tiebreakers and 2 of those matches being the same player, whom he has since beaten (you may recall he was on an 0-9 losing streak when we contacted you). His tie-breaker record is at least 90% through last weekend when he won the 18s District tournament with a semi and final match tiebreak win. Your help has definitely improved AJ’s results and his on-court demeanor has substantially improved.”
~Dawn Woodman, A.J.’s Mother
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