A big challenge for many junior tennis players mindset is that they are too concerned about what others think when they play. Worrying about what others think is a huge distraction to your tennis game to say the least. I should say that you should care about other people close to you. However, caring too much about what others think about your … [Read more...] about Tennis Mind Games: Do You Crave Approval?
Andy Murray has earned his position among the top tennis players in the world. Murray confidence in tennis is growing with his four titles this year, and recently victory at the Madrid Masters in Spain. Murray became the first Brit to win four titles in a year. Andy Murray dominated Roger Federer in the semi-finals 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Murray … [Read more...] about Murray Wins with Confidence Not Expectation
Venus Williams defeated Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (1), 6-2 to win the Zurich Open title last weekend. Williams’ Zurich Open title was her second since 1999 when she played as a teenager. One sign of a good mental game of tennis is the ability to raise your game under tournament pressure. Venus Williams said after the match that she likes to perform … [Read more...] about Venus Williams Loves Tournament Pressure
If you play tennis, mistakes or missed shots occur every time you play. This is where your mind training for tennis comes in very handy. In my experience as a mental game coach to tennis players, many players sabotage their own performance because they simply can't let go of bad shots, unforced errors, or double-faulting for example. Missing … [Read more...] about Coping with Mistakes: Tennis Mind Training
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?
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