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Whether it’s preparing, playing or post-match, find all the tips you need to become a successful player.

Habits for Tennis Success

Habits for Tennis Success: Training the Mindset and Skills in Practice

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The best players engage in the mentality and the competitive behaviors they are planning to use in matches. The mental game plan that will be deployed should always be practiced, evaluated and refined in a training environment.

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Habits for Tennis Success: Set the Pre-Match Preparation Plan

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The best players have consistent preparation routines that set them up to play their best. Frequently, players include visualization in the pre-match to mentally rehearse how they are going to play.

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Habits for Tennis Success: Pressure Test

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Pressure test mental skills by practicing routines in training with pressure. The goal is to challenge the player’s mental and physical skills with demands similar to those experienced in competition.

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Habits for Tennis Success: Package Mental Skills into Routines

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A strong mindset off the court is important, but just as important is using mental skills effectively in matches. Top players integrate deep breathing, visualization, performance cues, etc., into their routines.

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Habits for Tennis Success: Managing Your Emotions, Stress and Energy

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Great performances are almost always preceded by adversity and a player managing his or her emotions, stress and energy. Understanding your emotional responses and how to channel them to your performance is a hallmark of great players.

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Habits for Tennis Success: Develop the Mental Skills Foundation

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It can be very hard to tell what professionals are doing mentally and emotionally to create an optimal mindset, but if you look closer (especially between points) and listen to them in post-match interviews, you can see that they are using mental skills.

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Habits for Tennis Success: Enhance self-awareness and learning

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To enhance awareness of what is happening in practices and matches, players must set an intention for the day, execute a plan to achieve the goal and reflect on how it went after the practice or match.

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Habits for Tennis Success: Set goals based on vision of self and game

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The best players in the world have a strong focus on how they are getting better. Working in concert with their coach, they know what they need to do to achieve higher levels of performance. They set goals for their development in the areas that will make the biggest difference, and then they focus it on every day.

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Habits for Tennis Success: Develop a clear vision of self and game

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Developing a clear vision of yourself and your game is essential to developing in a direction that is best for you, and occurs with daily communication with the coach and the performance team. 

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Habits for Tennis Success: Connect with the Why

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Connecting with the “why” is key to to creating motivation to train and compete. Simply stated, before embarking on a journey for success or triumph in tennis, a player must understand and answer these questions.

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Creating the optimal performance state for players

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For a clear vision of your game, reflect on your best matches and what you were thinking, doing and feeling during those matches.

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MATCH TIPS

Pre-Match

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Learn how to prepare before a match to mentally and physically get close to match speed with your shots, movement and mind.

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During the Match: Routines

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Routines are important not just before matches, but also during the match. This page includes the advice Player Development coaches give to their players on being fully engaged during play.

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During the Match: Resiliency

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Learn how to respond and keep your focus when things aren't going your way. 

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Post-Match

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Learn how to recover and prepare your body and mind for the next opportunity to practice or compete.

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