How to Mentally Prepare for a Tennis Match

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The tennis season will start with smaller tennis tournaments leading to the first Grand Slam of 2020 – the Australian Open. It is always fascinating to see a tennis match where each player needs to  rise to the occasion, not only playing at their best, but also managing their emotions. If you are curious about how to mentally prepare for a tennis match to create a winning mindset, keep reading.

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Players who enter a Grand Slam draw all have top tennis games – they all know how to pass a ball, serve and move on the court. Of course, some of them are better at one aspect of the game while others master another aspect.

The real difference, however, is in their winning mindset. Their inner game (or: mental toughness).

The Difference Between A Winner Mindset vs. A Loser Mindset

In the current era of tennis, where every aspect of the physical game is highly technical and every top-tier player has a team around them, a winning mindset is crucial to winning matches.

For tennis fans, it is easy to identify a player with a winning mindset – they look focused on the game, the noise of the fans doesn’t distract them, they are good at making a rapid shift of focus from their last shot to the next one, they don’t get stuck on mistakes or lost points, and they direct their attention to the present moment.

Meanwhile, tennis players who lack mental toughness look scattered. They tend to talk to themselves using harsh language and gestures, they lash out at the fans or at the umpire, and in general they look as if they are struggling on the court.

The Art of Creating A Winning Mindset by Managing Emotions

Each tennis player and their team should work (and most probably do) on the player’s inner game. Developing a winning mindset is a process that requires time, patience and a professional who can support you in this process.

The first step to mentally prepare for a tennis match is to gain an understanding of your current processes and patterns and decide on the direction you want to go in.

We know that many factors can affect your clarity during a tennis game as well as during the days leading up to a game. You might be distracted due to situations that are not part of the game (like family, finance, relationship, health and others). There are many hypnotic tools as well as mental strategies and techniques that can be used to build your winning mindset – allowing you to clear the clutter while on the court and direct your attention to the game itself.

3 Tips to Help You Mentally Prepare for and Focus on Your Tennis Game:

Top 3 Pointers for Creating A Winning Mindset –

There are 3 general states of mind in a tennis game that a coach and player should be aware of:

  • Focusing on your losses –  on losing points, losing the game, each and every mistake, etc. – while the positive aspects of the game are ignored.
  • Focusing on your wins – filtering out the positive and strong aspects of the game while giving very little (or no) attention to the things that need to improve.
  • Focusing on the next immediate action and your intention – this is mostly achieved when the player can clear his/her mind from negative contemplation  and direct their attention to their next move on the court – the direction of the ball coming to them and the direction they want to hit the ball in. This is, of course, the ultimate state of mind, where the player can be completely submerged in the moment, and thoughts about the past or future disappear.

Keep Your Mind in A Present State

Thinking about bad shots, losing points and mistakes will drag you down and will shift your focus from what you can do well.

But, if you get over excited about perfect tennis shots, winning points and other small victories, you will also be soaked in euphoria rather than focused on the next shot.

Ideally, you initiate each hit from a clear slate – like a white board that gets cleared after each time something was written on it. Once the ball is out, clear your mind and focus on the next shot.

Direction of Attention

After each shot, whether you lost or won awkwardly or beautifully passed the tennis ball, find a way to shake it out of your mind and immediately shift your focus on the current point.

There are many techniques to shift focus. You will need to decide which one will work best to remind you where to direct your focus. Here are some techniques to play with:

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Use a specific word like: Now! Ball! Yes! Etc.
  3. Use a kinesthetic cue, like a tap on your leg, squeezing your racquet, etc.

 For more information about creating a winning mindset and finding out how you can mentally prepare yourself for your next tennis match to make it a hit,  contact your Vancouver hypnotherapist Miri Malkin @ Miri Malkin Hypnosis For Top Performance.

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Miri Malkin

Miri Malkin is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and ACC certified wellness coach. Her passion is helping clients access their subconscious for improved happiness and well-being. Miri has first-hand experience with many of the issues her clients face. Freed from these by hypnotherapy, she now uses this powerful tool to help others heal and live their best lives. With Miri, you get the treatment and tools for long-lasting positive change from someone who has walked in your shoes. Receive the caring support you deserve near you.

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