How to Beat Idols in Tennis
How do you win a “best of 3” match in tennis? That seems like a relatively easy answer… win two sets.
While, ultimately, that is true, there is much more to it.
There is a huge problem with the “I-have-to-win-two-sets” mindset. This mindset creates self-generated obstacles, such as, pressure, distraction and anxiety.
When tennis players have the “I-have-to-win-two-sets” mindset, the entire match takes on a life-or-death feel and every point takes on an extreme amount of importance. Players carry missed opportunities into the next point.
This is the reason many tennis players get bumped out of tournaments early, lose to lower ranked opponents, or just under-perform.
So, back to the original question… How do you win a “best of 3” match in tennis?
Well, it’s not a set at a time but one point at a time… But, if you break it down even further, it’s one shot at a time.
This mindset is one in which you place full effort and focus into winning the small battles or challenges in the moment. Winning small battles leads to winning the war.
That is the exact mindset that Simona Halep brought to the 2019 Wimbledon Final against Serena Williams.
Halep was totally focused on winning every small battle as she went on to dominate Williams 6-2, 6-2 en route to winning her second Grand Slam title of her career.
Halep never let up. Halep kept her foot on the gas and won in only 56 minutes. Halep was the epitome of focus and was immersed in the moment for the entire match.
In fact, Halep made a mere three unforced errors in the match, which is mentally and physically impressive.
HALEP: “I knew that I have to be aggressive, being 100% for every ball, that I don’t have to let her come back to the match because [Williams is] so powerful and so strong. She knows how to manage every moment. So I knew that I have to stay there, which I did pretty well today.”
In her post-match interview, Halep talked about how she was able to “shut off her mind and let her body take over.”
HALEP: “Today I decided before the match that I’m going to focus on myself and on the final of Grand Slam, not on [Williams]. That’s why I was able to play my best, to be relaxed, and to be able to be positive and confident against [Williams].”
As you see, laser focus is not passive; it is not something that happens to you. Having a laser focus is a choice that starts before the match begins.
By improving and choosing your competitive focus, you can quiet your mind and allow your body to do what you trained it to do.
Mental Keys to Halep’s Success:
Developing a laser focus when you step on the court. Avoiding focusing on your opponent’s abilities and past success. Forget about UTR and ranking of your opponent.
Decide on the best strategy to play your opponent. Be sure to have a backup if plan A is not working.
Trust in your strokes that day–use what you have instead of try to be more perfect than what you do in practice.
This means playing athletically by shutting off “SELF 1” – your conscious mind that wants to direct every move you make and over coach under pressure.
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