What Happens When Tennis Players Choke? What does it mean to choke in tennis? The term “choke” comes from the concept that you feel like you can’t breathe, or someone is strangling you, when under pressure; a lack of oxygen. But choking has a wider meaning in sports… Choking is when an tennis player, who is talented and motivated to achieve … [Read more...] about Do You Choke in Matches?
Managing Your Tennis Anxiety Have you ever missed an easy shot in a match and then followed it up with a series of mistakes? Are you afraid that if you make a mistake early in a match that you will implode and play horribly? Many tennis players fear that early mistakes in a match will lead to further mistakes, errors and poor performance. … [Read more...] about Have You Ever Choked During A Match?
Staying Positive When Losing Matches Many tennis players repeat the refrain, “It’s not my fault…” Some tennis players blame mistakes and losses on a wide range of sources: bad weather coaches noisy spectators bad officiating inconvenient scheduling long distant traveling outside distractions a host of other excuses … [Read more...] about Do You Make Excuses for Losing Matches?
Improving Confidence in Tennis In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from a tennis grandmother who says: "I have two grandchildren (10 years & 11 years) who are potentially very good tennis players but easily "fold " when the pressure goes up & loose their … [Read more...] about Tennis Podcast: Do You “Fold” Under Pressure in Tennis
Do You Choke in Tournaments? In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from a sports parent whose daughter performs well in practice, but chokes in tournaments. He wants to know which tennis psychology audio/workbook program would help her. Listen to this month's tennis … [Read more...] about Tennis Podcast: Bring Confidence To Tournaments
Rafael Nadal, the number two-ranked player in the world, is known for his mental toughness on the men’s tennis circuit. He’s won countless tournaments on his aggressive style of play and mental toughness including the 2011 French Open. But last week, Djokovic defeated Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in the 2011 Wimbledon final. Did Nadal choke in the … [Read more...] about Did Nadal Really Choke at Wimbledon?
Improving Your Tennis Mental Toughness Is 17 year old Melanie Oudin the real deal? Most experts, such as Brad Gilbert think so. Read on to discover her biggest weapon... I’m sure you’ve heard about Melanie Oudin’s remarkable 3-set wins in which she made big-time comebacks against a few top players in the world. How is she’s pulling out those … [Read more...] about Melanie Oudin’s Weapon: Mental Toughness
Trusting Your Skills in Tennis How much practice time do you think about technique and how to hit good shots? In Tennis Confidence video 1, I discussed the “academy mindset” and how young tennis players get trapped into a training mentality, which can lead to choking in matches. This mindset is OK for some of your practice, but not all of … [Read more...] about Trust: Mental Toughness for Tennis Players
Why Do Players Choke in Matches? Do you have trouble performing as well in matches as you do in practice? Are you losing to players who you should beat? Or, do you get so frustrated after mistakes that it affects your game for several points? Many players have asked me help them solve these mental game issues. And I've started to do this with … [Read more...] about 7 Reasons Tennis Players Choke in Matches