What Are Your Goals in Tennis?
What is your goal?
What do you want to accomplish?
What place to do want to arrive at by the end of the season?
These are questions that every tennis player should mull around in their minds.
The reality is that tennis players find themselves at different points along the goal setting continuum.
Some players don’t set goals… These players may be afraid to fail or fall short of accomplishing their goals in the past. Either way, these players make an assumption that goal setting doesn’t work.
Some players have merely hopes… These tennis players dream of what they want to do in the sport and hope that, somehow, they magically get there.
Some players have a goals, though not specific…
These players say things such as, “I want a better serve,” or, “I want to win a tournament,” but these players fail to define the ‘what,’ ‘when,’ ‘how’ and ‘why.’
Some players have a goal and no plan… These players know exactly what they want and by when but they have no plan highlighting what is needed to achieve their objective.
Some tennis players have a well-defined goal with a specific action plan…
These players set a very specific goal with a target date. These players also create an action plan detailing the necessary steps required to accomplish their goal.
The fact is the tennis players who achieve big things are ardent goal setters who have a reason for setting their goal and understand the process of goal setting.
When you apply effective goal setting strategies, you understand what it takes to hit the mark.
Effective goal setting strategies:
- Give you purpose and direction. Goals give you something to shoot for and give meaning to all the effort and time you dedicate towards training.
- Provide a sense of control. Knowing where you want to go and how to get there gives you a sense of confidence as to where you are going.
- Enhance motivation. When times get tough, having a goal gives you that little boost to keep pushing towards something of personal value.
- Foster a sense of pride. As you move closer to your goal, those small accomplishments give you a sense of satisfaction and further increase motivation and confidence.
Goal setting will help you achieve more in tennis… just like it has for Caroline Garcia.
Garcia has utilized goal setting to help her steadily improve her performance and achieve more in tennis.
After winning her first premier mandatory title, Garcia started focusing on her plan to achieve her next goal.
GARCIA: “After the accomplishment, do you have any plan for what’s next? What is your primary task now, goal? ‘It’s not because you win a premier mandatory that your career is over.'”
Garcia understands that attaining a goal leads to accomplishing even greater things in the future.
GARCIA: “I still have so many goals to achieve. Of course, to be a part of the top 10, it’s a step in the career. Of course, it gives me confidence and it gives me also motivation to work even harder to get some bigger trophy.”
What is your goal?
What will give you the motivation and confidence necessary to succeed in tennis?
Tip for Creating a S.M.A.R.T. Tennis Goal:
When creating a goal, follow the SMART method:
- Specific – Your goal should be as detailed as possible
- Measurable – Your goal should be quantifiable
- Attainable – Your goal should realistic
- Relevant – Your goal should have personal meaning
- Time-bound – Your goal should have a concrete deadline
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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.”
- “My confidence seems to disappear when I go from practice to matches and I don’t know why.”
- “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.”
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“Maggie had such a great weekend. As always, after she works with you she just seems more grounded and focused. She’s less likely to look around and get distracted during her match. She’s more focused on one point at a time. Also, as a parent, I’ve learned to encourage her process goals and not outcomes. Consequently, she played well and won her first doubles match, upsetting a seeded team in a really really close match!”
~Katherine Johnson Cannata, Maggie’s mother
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