Do You Feel Pressure in Important Matches? Do you feel pressure when you play important tennis matches? Do you tend to crumble under the weight of pressure? So many tennis players feel pressure even before they step on the tennis court. When you feel the pressure to win or live up to expectations, your focus becomes compromised... Your … [Read more...] about How to Manage Performance Expectations In Tennis
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
Playing Composed Under Pressure Most tennis players encounter pressure during matches. What is pressure? Pressure occurs when you feel like you should win, have to play well or worry about the consequences of losing. You can feel increased pressure during critical moments in the match (e.g. third set tiebreaker). You can also feel pressure from … [Read more...] about How to Perform Well Under Pressure
Is Pressure An Advantage or Disadvantage? Pressure can be both an advantage and disadvantage for your game depending on how you interpret the pressure. Some tennis players thrive under pressure, whereas other players fold under pressure. Serena Williams thinks pressure is harmful to her game. Williams played her first tournament after a long … [Read more...] about Do You Perform Better Under Pressure?
Was Murray Nervous to Play Federer? Was too much read into his comments? Did he really psych out Murray with his comments? Did Murray play tight in the first set? Based on Murray's first serve percent in the first set, you can conclude he played tight and controlled the first two sets. Although Murray would not admit he was nervous the first … [Read more...] about Did Federer Psych Out Murray?
Playing Beyond Your Comfort Zone Andy Murray’s performance at Wimbledon hasn’t disappointed fans. The Scot came out with both guns blazing to dismantle Stanislas Wawrinka in the 4th round in a thrilling five-setter 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Not to mention that a Brit hasn’t won Wimbledon for 73 years since Fed Perry in 1936. Murray isn’t worried … [Read more...] about Andy Murray’s Tournament Mindset
Do your strokes feel controlled or tight in competition compared to practice? If so, I have an important tip for you today… I wanted to follow up with you on my last post by highlighting a recent question I received from a tennis player: Question: “I don't understand how I can hit backhands in practice easily and when I go to play a match, I … [Read more...] about The Real Culprit to Tension in Tennis
The Pressure To Beat Weaker Opponents Does your player get tight, tense, or worry about playing someone who she is supposed to beat? Many tennis kids I’ve talked to feel more pressure to win when they are supposed to win, others expect them to win, or when playing a lower ranked player. Why? You would assume your tennis player would have more … [Read more...] about Mind Game for Beating Weaker Players
Keeping Confidence Under Pressure Welcome to session number eighteen of The Tennis Psychology Podcast. Dr. Patrick Cohn at Sports Psychology for Tennis, is a mental game of tennis expert and helps tournament players, tennis coaches and parents improve confidence, focus, and composure using sports psychology strategies. In this week's tennis … [Read more...] about Tennis Podcast: Play Freely Under Pressure