Originally Posted by Ballinbob
How does one become mentally strong under pressure? I'm so bad under pressure it's ridiculous. I was serving for the set at 5-4 up in a 4.0 tournament a few days ago and hit 2 doubles and shanked two easy forehands. Lost the set 7-5. This happens all the time with me, and I have a lot of match experience too. I play tournaments and competitive matches all the time yet I still can't preform well under pressure.
Maybe I need to see a sports psychologist lol...it's frustrating
One way I deal with pressure when I am playing for my hs team is I just try to play high % tennis. So in your situation maybe just spin your serve in and play loopy groundstrokes to put pressure on the other guy. Also it helps to focus on the ball and just swing.