From USTA.com News – Sep 27, 2010 Newsletter:
The 2010 USTA League National Championships kick off this week and will take place over the next five weekends, marking the culmination of a year-long series of competition at the local, state, district and section levels. The USTA League 2.5 Adult and 5.0 Adult National Championships will be taking place this weekend in Rancho Mirage, Calif. and Indian Wells, Calif., respectively. Be sure to check back to USTA.com for scores, news updates, photos and more.
First, please welcome international author, lecturer & player Andy Dowsett to MyTennisBlog. By way of introduction, Andy has graciously allowed us to share his E-Book, World Class Tennis Mentality – A Players Manual with our readers. Here is a brief excerpt followed by a link to the entire E-Book. Thank you, Andy!
“Lets begin with this now age old question………How much of your game is mentally related to your performance? From my years of experience and of asking this question to potential top athletes I have heard replies ranging from 60% to 95%. I’m not sure you can put a figure on this! After all, how can you measure the mental performance of an athlete and what he is thinking and feeling? A better question would be ‘How much of your training time do you spend working on mental training skills compared to how much of your performance is mental?’ Read E-Book World Class Tennis Mentality – A Players Manual
One of the best feelings an athlete can have is when you stand on the playing field and have no doubt you will be able to achieve your objective. The most consistent finding in athletes who perform at a peak performance level is the direct correlation between their confidence and success. Every year from pre-game chalk talks to post-game interviews you hear about the importance of having the confidence in your ability to succeed. Yet many athletes, regardless of their level or past experiences, have a weekly struggle with their confidence. The primary reason this occurs is that athletes tend to place too much importance on external results rather than their inner belief in their abilities.
As an athlete you gain confidence from two segments: external and internal. Continue Reading…
Tennis pros work very interesting hours. Of course I’m referring to full-time pros. The 12 hour work day has become a common occurrence in the professional lives of our pros. Now, they’re not working 12 hours everyday, but I can’t remember meeting a full time pro that doesn’t experience the dreaded half-day gauntlet at least once a week. There are usually three different scenarios that start a pro’s day; a morning private lesson, a morning drill, or daytime league. Daytime leagues typically have the later starting time of the three obligations. For the sake of argument though, lets say the average pro starts work at 10am. In the heavily caffeinated morning, most of us are ready to go, come 7 or 8pm we’re beyond the Ben Stein point of low intensity. Continue Reading…
One of the most frustrating parts of tennis—at any level—has to be the moment you realize you’re beating yourself. You may consider yourself quite the accomplished player in general, but in those moments when the wheels start coming off of your game (and I’m sure you know the feeling all to well), you just want to run off the court and hide in the locker room. Under the used towels.
There’s no use in fighting the urge to run away and scream. You’ve already lost the fight within you; you basically have nothing left to beat yourself up with. Let’s face it, with maturity comes a humbling dose of tennis lessons learned…often by surprise.