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 … [Read more...] about Anisimova Takes Responsibility for Her Game
How to Cope with an Injury in Tennis Injuries in tennis can be significant blows to a tennis players psyche and a challenging experience to navigate. Injuries are difficult for a tennis player for several reasons: Identity - You probably identify yourself as a tennis player first and foremost. That means, when someone asks about you, you … [Read more...] about Tennis Injuries and Your Mindset
How to Have a Positive Approach to Loss Nobody likes to lose… But losing does not have to crush your confidence. Losing normally affects tennis players in this way… You enter a match with some degree of confidence, whatever level that may be. Whether you lose in straight sets or lose a match after battling it out through a tie breaker in the … [Read more...] about Azarenka on Progressing her Game
How to have a Strong Mental Game What do you rely on most when you are in a tough match? Is it putting pace on your first serve or placement on your second serve? Is it your capacity to chase down balls to keep rallies alive? Is it a powerful forehand or backhand? Is it your conditioning? Being physically strong and technically sound are of … [Read more...] about Trust Your Skills like Tsitsipas vs. Nadal
Learn to be Mentally Tough to Beat Top Seeds Have you ever faced an opponent with an impressive win-loss record or a player that was decorated with awards and accolades or a player who topped the rankings for an extensive period of time? What was your mindset playing against that type of player? Were you in awe of their accomplishments? Were … [Read more...] about How Dominic Thiem Beat Federer and Nadal
How to Focus to Win not Focus on Winning Why do you play competitive tennis? The answer is most likely, “To Win.” But there is a huge difference between focusing on winning and being focused to win. Focusing on winning during a match is counter-productive. When you focus on the outcome, every point takes on heightened importance. If … [Read more...] about Federer’s Mental Game and Thinking Ahead
Performance Anxiety in Tennis You'll notice several myths about nerves that players buy into in the tennis world. Myth #1: Top-ranked tennis professionals win because they are not nervous. Myth #2: If I am nervous, I will play poorly. Myth #3: I’m just a nervous person. Nothing I can do to help me play better tennis. Let’s examine these myths … [Read more...] about How to Beat Nerves in Tennis
How to Overcome Nerves and Enjoy Tennis Again Do you feel nervous before matches and are under a lot of pressure to the point where you don't want to play the game anymore? In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Dwayne who's questioning whether he should continue to … [Read more...] about Should You Quit Tennis?
How Can You Prepare Mentally For Serves? Are you getting beat on your return of serve by getting aced by slower serves? In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Tony about getting aced by slower serves and how this is so frustrating. Here's what Tony had to say about … [Read more...] about Are You Getting Aced By Slower Serves?
Osaka's Inner Peace Helps Her Win Australian Open Do your emotions rage out of control during tennis matches? Do you find it difficult to play well when you're upset or frustrated? Frustration, anger, resignation, sadness and anxiety are normal emotions. People experience these emotions in everyday life. For example, being stuck in traffic and … [Read more...] about How Naomi Osaka Manages Emotions in Matches