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Physically

While playing a set or a match during practice, try to recognize that you are starting to get nervous, then employ a physical strategy to control your anxiety:

  1. Slowing down, taking more time between points
  2. Removing the racquet from the dominant hand
  3. Relaxing the muscles of the arms, neck and hands by developing and then releasing the muscle tension
  4. Understanding bodily signals: A rapid heart beat can be a sign of readiness not a sign of tension
  5. Smiling when feeling tension coming on
  6. Exaggerating footwork
  7. Going through rituals looking confident, calm and in control
  8. ‘Shaking out’ the muscles of the hands, shoulders and neck
  9. Creating a strong mental and physical image

Psychologically

  1. Leaving mistakes behind
  2. Focussing on one point at a time and on doing the best they can
  3. Realising that being nervous is a sign that they care, and treat the situation as a naturally occuring reaction to wanting to perform well
  4. Thinking positively
  5. Remembering that the opponent may be experiencing similar sensations
  6. Using humour to break tension
  7. Having fun
  8. Playing every point as though it were the most import one
  9. Establishing a good game plan and sticking to it
  10. Playing more agressive high percentage tennis
  11. Playing to win instead of not to lose

Tennis Psychology (2006), by M. Reid, M. Crespo and A. Quinn

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vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane