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3/4 of the time in a tennis match is spent beween points. Karl Slaikeu and Robert Trogolo (1998) have proposed a routine to help players cope with anxiety and tension and quickly get them refocused between points. It is a 25 seconds routine, “3R”, after every point and before the next point is played:

  • Release, followed by a Stop! – Release is a letting go of the point that has just been completed. Of course it’s better to release tension in a positive manner because releases are aimed at letting go of negative energy by channeling it into positive energy.
  • Review, followed by another Stop! – You think about what just happened ad make plans for how to play the next point. Turn away from the net and your opponent, switch your racquet to your non-playing hand, and walk toward the back court, looking at your strings as you go. Then 2 options: 1) What can you learn from what has just happened? 2) What can you do next? This quick review helps you to analyze what just happened and gets you quickly refocused on what you have to do on the next point.
  • Reset – Series of steps, customized to your own style of play, that will relax you, or if needed rev you up, before the next point. It will take the form of some sort of routine that you feel comfortable with and in which you have confidence. The key point is to make sure that you go through your routine regardless of the situation since excess stress had a way of quikening up your routine or having you forget it altogether.
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Example of Review sequence:

  1.  Use specific behavior such as switching racquet to non-playing hand to start the Review
  2. Relax with a deep breath in and out as you begin the review
  3. Walk confidently – shoulders back, head up
  4. Look at strings, ground, or some other focal point to think
  5. Ask question of yourslef such as: Why did I win the point? Why did I lose the point? Am I executing my game plan? What do I need to do next?
  6. Check your game plan to be sure you are executing it – Is it working?
  7. Consider cue words to bring focus to the Review, e.g., “be agressive,”keep the ball deep”, or “more topsin”.

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