[Essential Tennis Interview] How To Quiet the Noise in Your Head During Tennis Matches

weelie

Semi-Pro
Thanks!

Here's the most interesting bits (to me):

at ~21min:
My mission when I walk on to the court is:
To be an extraordinary competitor competing at the high end of my talent.
Love the competition more than winning.
Accept the outcome with dignity and class.
to compete in the moment
aim to avoid past and future tripping
to compete for each point
to compete with effortless effort
to be non-judgemental of myself
to enjoy myself
to be enthusiastic
to be forgiving of myself for my inability to achieve perfection
to see the perceived pressure points as the sweetest moments
to have every match as an experience where I grow as a person and as a player​


at ~38 min:
Write about your game and think about it.
Invest time in mindfulness training / meditation.
Learn to flip your stories. The other story is fabrication too, so your new story is no worse, and now you can choose.​
 

MisterP

Hall of Fame
I like thinking about these kinds of things. One of my own personal "tricks" is to focus on the sounds around me in between points. Birds singing, the sound of wind blowing through leaves, frogs, crickets, basically any nature sound. I also like to take a moment to really focus on the "here and now" and be cognizant of the fact that I'm doing something I love, and be thankful for it. Helps clear my mind and give me perspective.
 

shindemac

Hall of Fame
I like thinking about these kinds of things. One of my own personal "tricks" is to focus on the sounds around me in between points. Birds singing, the sound of wind blowing through leaves, frogs, crickets, basically any nature sound. I also like to take a moment to really focus on the "here and now" and be cognizant of the fact that I'm doing something I love, and be thankful for it. Helps clear my mind and give me perspective.
Imagine you are taking a walk in the park. The leaves are rustling in the wind, and the little birds are chirping their songs of ice and fire. There are no frogs croaking because I don't live in a Dagobahn swamp. Take a deep breathe and smell the sweet lilacs in the air. When you can feel the gentle breeze against your skin, then you are ready.
 
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