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Importance of Tennis Mental Game

My son has gained an edge on me after he became a staunch fan of Federer. Kids will learn from example, whether we’re talking matrices in precalc during highschool, picking their nose as a toddler, or in our case, the basics of mental tennis.

Federer vs. Safin, a short compare and contrast. Actually, just a contrast. Well, fine, both of them happen to be tennis players.

Changeovers (Federer)– Sits down in his chair, meditates, clears his mind, visualizes victory.

Changeovers (Safin)– Screams at umpire, heads back to line to show mark of ball, tosses racket while getting a point penalty, has a fit, repeat cycle

During Point (Federer)– During a point, or in the whole match from a bigger perspective, you will probably notice Federer’s consistency. He has an amazingly few amount of errors for the number of winners and aces he hits. He is able to hit the shot over and over again.

During Point (Safin)– Safin recently broke a tennis record. Two actually. And possibly a third but that one’s unofficial. He had the longest game (time) in Wimbledon history, over 20 minutes. He also went over 13 deuces; I’d lost count during the match.

However, Safin has beaten Federer. At the 2005 Australian Open Semifinals he took down Federer in your epic 5 set tennis battle. People remarked at how calm he looked through the match. He’d taken his mental game to the next level.

Getting to the mental level of Federer takes years, even decades of experience. I never had any resources to find out how I’m supposed think while playing tennis. Nor did my son. We both figured it out after years of practice, but still only had a rough understanding. When he did some research on it, he soon surpassed me, and then I did some research to get my edge back on him!

Here are some tricks I learned:



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