You need to learn how to play tennis mentally after you reach a certain level in this game. Everything is going to boil down to your mental game and you will always play up the imag you have of the match and your opponent.
Many players know how to play the game, but very few know how to play the mental game. The ones that do, are the ones that become Champions. The rest become good at losing and making excuses.
Which category are you in now?
Champions have mastered the mental game by learning to control their fears and dominating their emotions.
I have been studying the mental aspect of tennis for the last 15 years, and what I have found out is that 95% of the players lose because they are mentally weak. This is why the best thing you can do for your game right now is get to work on your mental toughness and don’t stop until you see yourself performing better in big matches.
I teach the mental game, and the reason why is I got tired of seeing my players lose because of their lack of mental toughness. So I refocused my efforts from technical to mental when teaching tennis and it is working.
The problem with players and coaches is that they focus too much of their time on techniques and mechanics, instead of working on building up the players mental game in preparation for any match, big or small.
How To Play Tennis Mentally
In tennis you are only as good as your mental game, here are a few tips for you to meditate on.
Get the image of the type of player that you want to be in your mind. Study some pros if you have to, but make sure that the image your have is clear and vivid, then see yourself doing it, and last, act out the part until you FEEL IT! The mental game is a big game, but the physical game has to come into play at some point.
That’s the formula for success in your matchplay – players have to reprogram themselves mentally by using the above method.
Also, relax more on the court. Tension negates flow, so breathe deeply between points and and exhale at contact. That’s something you can certainly witness (and hear) by watching the U.S. Open this week. But do it in a natural way – you will always know how to play tennis at your best when you are relax and focused.
Combine seeing it with feeling it and acting out the part with good deep breathing and you are going to see better results from your game in no time at all. I can promise you that.
Let’s sum it up. Tennis is mental warfare and you are going to have to develop a warrior mindset if you want to be mentally tough in your matches. Develop this habit and you are good to go.
I’ll leave you with a quote the post up,” Your mental game is created mentally first.” Never forget this.