3. MENTAL – TRUSTING YOURSELF
The objective is of course to refuse defeat at all costs, never to give up a point, never to be discouraged, never to give up. But there are also other elements that come into play to define a good mind:
- Management of the event (I play an interclub final, I play the club tournament which is the most important of the year, I play against a player I have never beaten or a player against whom I cannot lose)
- The management of my emotions during the match (Am I calm and serene? How to react if I start the match badly, what should I do in important moments etc ...)
Exercises to improve your "mental game"
- Play a match in the best of five sets and each set, one starts with a 4/1 lead (Learn to play under pressure)
- Play a set in which you each have the opportunity to take a total of four free points at the times you feel appropriate (Mastering your emotions)
- Start a set at 4/4 to learn how to negotiate the set ends (play well in important moments)
To improve your game, it is essential that you concentrate during your training on the specific part you want to improve. For example, if during the warm-up you apply to work your technique, do not be upset if you miss balls. If you want to work tactical diagrams by playing points, do not make a fixation on your technique. Trust yourself and dare to try things.
For an hour of tennis, I suggest you divide your training into three. The first twenty minutes are dedicated to the warm-up and the technical part. The second part: you set up tactical exercises with or without serve. And finally finish with some free points to work on your game.