How to play important matches on "lazy" days?

Koaske

Rookie
My question is short but important: What to do on those days when you have an important match and absolutely have no motivation or energy to play on that day? What do you do to drive that laziness off? Thanks in advance!
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
I think I do a little happy dance when I need to get my feet moving and into the match and may start yelling at myself to "Come on" and get going. Sports drink sometimes helps to get the energy started too if you aren't feeling it before then from just water.
 

uremate

New User
During the winter i play in the winter league at my club, this means getting home from college at 5 and then playing, normally, at around 8. By this time i can be pretty tired, so i just drink some coffee, a couple of sugary snacks (chocolate bar etc) along with fruit (especially bananas). Also if im really lathargic ill eat some jelly, great for an immediate energy boost. Or as suggested energy drinks, such as powerade, are good.

Non food/drink, i just try and keep myself moving, not sitting down for too long (never feel like playing if ive been sitting on the sofa, nice and comfy for a while) and listening to some rock music :)
 

Shinichi

Rookie
well, i usually bring with me an MP3 Player, so I can listen to the music, and I think it's the best way to get me bumped up.
Especially when I listen to Alternative Rock or Techno ... I went crazy on the court ... (like a little kid ..lol)

I also do my little dance too, but it's only for double, cuz it's a great distraction when they are serving. lol
 

ATXtennisaddict

Hall of Fame
Koaske said:
My question is short but important: What to do on those days when you have an important match and absolutely have no motivation or energy to play on that day? What do you do to drive that laziness off? Thanks in advance!
watch some pro matches (especially fed matches)
 

TommyM

New User
uremate said:
Non food/drink, i just try and keep myself moving, not sitting down for too long (never feel like playing if ive been sitting on the sofa, nice and comfy for a while) and listening to some rock music :)
I agree with the above and here are some "cognitive" questions:

1. If I play the lazy way and not give all my best what will the end result likely be? Is that important to me? How will this affect me in the long run?

2. If I "push" through the laziness and really pump up myself - what will be the likely end result? Do I want this? How will it make me feel? How will this affect me in the long run?

When you have the answers in front of you and still can't find a reason for giving all your best in tennis than tennis is not very important to you. If you can accept that and play lousy than it's ok.

You can't be good and motivated at everything you do. So if you have different purpose here than hitting tennis balls I think that's ok.
 
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