An interview with Bob Litwin about the mental side of tennis.
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.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.