I'm stressed out during matches

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by madmanfool, May 5, 2010.

  1. madmanfool

    madmanfool Semi-Pro

    Dec 31, 2006
    I got an issue as of late. During my last two matches I have been fighting my own body. I think you can compare it best to what happened to Coria during the 2004 Roland Garros final. I'm out of breath very fast, my legs are extremely heavy and cramps can shoot up any second. It's not because I'm not fit or not drinking enough fluid. It's clearly something psychological, but it's hurting me physically.

    I don't really know what to do about it. It's has costed me two close matches now. Last sunday for example it happened during a singles match. During the doubles match after that I got better. I wasn't out of breath, my legs were much lighter and I didn't cramp at all. No surprise I played much better, but during the singles match it was a nightmare. I'm lost what is wrong. If you asked me if I'm nervous or stressed I would say no, but I can't deny something is wrong. I'm just puzzled about how I can solve it.

    I will definitely try to warm up very well for next match (next sunday). I have tried to focus on my breathing in order to relax, but not with much success. My body just shuts down on me. Just like Coria during Roland Garros. I have watched that final numerous times (I'm a big Gaudio fan) and you can clearly see that during the third set his face turns red and he's gasping for air. After which cramps came up. I feel the same. Any tips or comments would be much appreciated.
  2. TearSNFX

    TearSNFX Rookie

    Jan 20, 2010
    Take a break. You'd be surprised what a little break can do for your game.

    People start to lose performance at their jobs after the 7 ~ 8 hour mark same thing with tennis I guess. Play too much and you get burned out. I usually take 1 full week off if I feel like tennis isn't getting me excited or I just can't feel for it and I'm right back to where I was. Keep in mind I teach tennis for a living so I get this often. Mixing private hours with my own hitting hours I'm almost submerged in tennis 8 + hours a day.
  3. session

    session New User

    Apr 21, 2010
    One thing you can do to improve your mental game in the situation where you stress out is to find something called your "safe spot" It's a place in your mind where you feel safe and calm and in that way get back into your rythem. Here's a link that descripes this in more details: http://www.squidoo.com/mental-aspect-of-tennis
  4. TN00b

    TN00b New User

    Dec 28, 2009
    I think I agree with TearSNFX in that you're probably just a bit tired. Is this happening when the match starts or after a while of playing? Maybe you don't feel entirely tired but your legs are starting to give up on you pretty early. Sometimes when I'm playing I get discouraged and that makes me feel heavy and I don't even wanna move. I try jumping a bit and try to get motivated one way or another, and like the first poster said, taking a break always helps... There's my two cents from the little I know.
  5. SuperFly

    SuperFly Semi-Pro

    Sep 8, 2009
    Yeah, just take a couple seconds to regroup after a point (my doubles partner last year liked to retie his shoe after a big point.) Take some breaths, check your strings, do what you need to calm down when you need to.

    Also, tell yourself to play it one point at a time when you start to get concerned over the score. It works magic when you need it or when you have to close out games or sets.

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