Why is the mental game so important?
Ask any player how important the mental game is in tennis and the typical answer is that is everything, or the most important part of the game. If that’s the case why is it that most of those same players spend little to no time working on being mentally stronger on the court?
Play for Yourself
If we follow our anxiety it usually leads to trying to impress or not let down someone else.
Who are you?
You might not be able to say you win all of the time, but you can be someone who always goes for their shots.
Try to Win
Trying to win isn’t the problem. It’s the fear of losing.
Every Day is a New Day
When you approach every match as it’s on match you won’t be shocked if your best shot is terrible and your worst is great.
What Helps You Focus
For some it’s staying calm and for others its letting the emotions out. Either way you have to determine what gets you back focused for the next point.
I believe tennis is a combination of mental, physical and technique. I think that all three areas are equally important. The problem is when a player focuses all or most of their energy into one. Also, I believe that when a player is on the court they should think of their game in the order of mental, physical, and then technique. Many try to work the other way, but when doing so continually get stuck in the technique realm. Making sure we are mentally sound, and then physically energized and balanced, will allow a clearer view of what technique changes need to be made.