Improving Your Tennis Performance with Mental Training
“Why should I add mental toughness training into my training regimen? Isn’t all the physical training enough?”
This is a great question asked by many tennis players. There is no doubt that tennis requires many hours to hone physical and technical skills.
Without physical training, you would become physically tired by the second set. Without technical training, you would have difficulty putting the ball in play on your serve or hitting consistent ground strokes.
If you are going to play competitive tennis, you need to be skilled at the technical and physical aspects of the game…
But if you want to advance in the sport of tennis, play at your peak on a consistent basis and reach your potential as an athlete, you need to be skilled at the mental aspects of the game…
**And one of the most necessary mental skills is MENTAL TOUGHNESS!
Just as tennis players are not born with the skill of hitting a well-placed, blistering serve, players are not born with the skill of mental toughness.
You already know how mentally demanding tennis can be…
There are times when it feels you can’t score a point and you want to smash your racquet into the ground…
Or you are trying to come back from a set down…
Or a match dragged on and you feel physically and mentally tired…
Or you are trying to learn a new serve during practice and you just can’t seem to hit it right.
These are the times, along with countless other mentally-demanding scenarios, when mental toughness comes into play.
If you schedule mental toughness training into your daily training, potentially daunting circumstances will become ‘conquerable’.
Every tough circumstance you conquer vaults you towards your potential.
World No. 20 Elise Mertens reached her second WTA final of the season by winning two three-set matches to advance to the championship.
Due to a week of rain, Mertens was forced to play a mentally-demanding schedule but rose to the challenge by beating Mona Barthel in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(0) in a two hour, 36-minute match, then winning against Vera Lapko in the semifinals, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in just over two hours.
MERTENS: “It’s mentally tough [playing two singles matches in one day] and also for the body, which sometimes didn’t want to move that well today! I pulled through against a really good player… I had to stay aggressive. I’m happy with my performance today.”
Mertens pointed out that mental toughness plays a part in every moment of competition.
MERTENS: “I think it’s just about mentally staying tough in every moment. I take it match by match. Whether it’s the first round or the final, you just want to win the match. If the level is good and you play your game, then maybe something can happen.”
It’s time to take your game to the next level. It’s time to invest in your mental toughness.
How to Get Going With Mental Toughness Training
Just as you found a tennis coach to help you work on technical game, it is best to find a coach to help you with your mental game.
A mental game coach can help you overcome all the mental aspects of your game that have been holding you back from your potential.
Read about our comprehensive mental coaching programs for junior, collegiate, and professional tennis players:
Boost Your Self-Confidence in Tennis With Expert Mental Game Coaching!
Master mental game coach, Dr. Patrick Cohn, can help you overcome your mental game issues with personal mental game coaching.
You can work with Dr. Patrick Cohn himself in Orlando, Florida or via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone.
Call us toll free at 888-742-7225 (local: 407-909-1700) or contact us for more information about the different coaching programs we offer!
What are our mental coaching students saying?
“Dr. Cohn did a great job working with my son Joe on his mental skills for tennis. He taught him the mental skills and discipline necessary to move to the next level. Thanks Doc!”
~Mike Withers, Joe Withers Father
“Since you last worked with AJ in early September, his National ranking has improved from 349 to 148. His tournament record at one point, since talking with you was 17-4, with 3 of the 4 being in third sets or tiebreakers and 2 of those matches being the same player, whom he has since beaten (you may recall he was on an 0-9 losing streak when we contacted you). His tie-breaker record is at least 90% through last weekend when he won the 18s District tournament with a semi and final match tiebreak win. Your help has definitely improved AJ’s results and his on-court demeanor has substantially improved.”
~Dawn Woodman, A.J.’s Mother
Learn Proven Tennis Mental Game Strategies To Perform Your Best On The Court!
Are you (or your players) performing up to your ability in competition?
Do you bring your best and most confident game to matches?
I often hear players complain about the following problems when they play in matches…
“I get so tight or tense before matches that I can’t think straight or have any rhythm in my game.”
“I get so frustrated with hitting bad shots or with errors and it snowballs.”
“I expect so much when I play that I unravel and lose confidence when the match does not go as planned.”
“My confidence seems to disappear when I go from practice to matches and I don’t know why.”
Successful tennis players have learned how to perform with ultimate confidence in tournaments.
If you are ready to improve your mental toughness and perform with ultimate self-confidence in matches, Tennis Confidence: Mental Toughness For Tournament Players can help you do this!
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Coaches: Boost your team’s confidence using simple, proven mental strategies.
Instructors: Learn how to give your students the mental game advantage.
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What are mental game customers saying?
“Danielle did really well with controlling her emotions during the matches today. We were very proud of her for not showing her frustrations during the match; I think that was a big accomplishment. She really looked in control of her emotions even when she double faulted or made mistakes. The changes we saw on Danielle’s behavior in less than 24 hours were AWESOME! Thank you for your guidance!”
~Jennifer Alamo, Tennis Parent
“I have really enjoyed listening to your tennis psychology podcasts on iTunes and reading your E-books. I already have improved in my mental game. I played in a tennis tournament this past weekend and played with the amount of confidence I should have in myself. If I lost a point or made a stupid error, I knew how to deal with it and move on to the next point. I didn’t get frustrated.”
~Melanie Lewis, Junior Tennis Player
“Thank you for all the knowledge, tools, material, and guidance you have given me throughout this course. It was truly a great experience. I am looking forward to integrating this mental training system not only to students at the club, but as well bring this wonderful education outside to athletes that truly are committed, and strive towards reaching their peak performance.”
~Tim Whitehead, Head Tennis Professional, MGCP