How Pressure Impacted Osaka and Stephens Fear can hold back a tennis player from their potential. When thinking about fear, most tennis players think of the fear of failure. Fear of failure is when you worry about making mistakes, losing, embarrassing yourself or what others may think about you if you don’t perform up to a certain … [Read more...] about Do Both Osaka and Stephens Have Fear of Success?
Cori Gauff Copes with Pressure at Wimdbleon to Beat Venus Williams 15-year-old tennis star Cori Gauff is making major headlines after defeating Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon. Gauff was ranked 313th in the world before being given the wild card entry to the qualifying tournament. Now now she’s making sure the Wimbledon … [Read more...] about Gauff Normalizes the Pressure at Wimbledon
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 Perform Well After Winning a Tournament Winning a big match or tournament can provide a huge confidence boost for some tennis players, but there is a large percentage of tennis players that experience a greater sense of pressure after a big win. Big wins can translate into bigger expectations, which carry greater pressure... Pressure to … [Read more...] about How Osaka Thinks After Her Big Win
Playing Confident Tennis Under Pressure A tournament is a tournament... A match is a match, no matter if you are playing the best player in the world... Or are playing in a final... Or are playing in front of your entire friends and family... Or would move up in the rankings if you were to win... Or are playing in the biggest … [Read more...] about Playing Great Tennis When It’s More Important to You
How to Focus Well Under Match Pressure Tennis players know that focus is important to playing the game. The one-point-at-a-time mantra is chanted by every coach and top-ranked player. Focusing is the mental game skill that brings your talent to light and allows you to play to the best of your abilities. Let’s examine focusing and, in … [Read more...] about How Tennis Players Can Focus Better Under Pressure
Managing Your Pressure in Tennis Winning often raises the bar for tennis players. With increased success on the court, expectations also increase. The sentiment is often, "Well, you won it last year, so you will play at the same level or even better." You are expected to win matches from the previous year and win the same tournaments. The … [Read more...] about How to Play Winning Tennis Without Pressure
Improving Composure After Missed Points In this week’s tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Paulina, who is a tennis mom. Here's the question I received from Paulina: "My son is 11 years old and he is a good player and has good technique. He's agile and passionate about tennis. The … [Read more...] about Bouncing Back From Missed Points
Maintain Emotional Control During Big Tennis Matches Maintaining composure and managing on-court emotions are necessary for optimal performance and enjoying the game of tennis. Managing emotions doesn't mean you won’t get angry after a bad line call or a double fault. Emotions are a part of any competitive experience. Composure just means … [Read more...] about Tennis Players Who Have Mental Meltdowns
What Are The Tennis Yips? One of the most common anxiety-based issues athletes face are the yips. The yips can be seen across many different sports, but they also happen in the game of tennis. The yips occur when a talented athlete finds he or she cannot perform to best of his or her ability during a high-pressure event. Although the athlete … [Read more...] about Does Serena Williams Have The Yips?