Sports Performance

Stopping the Sabotage – How Female Players Can Beat Their Tennis Demons

How Female Players Can Beat their Tennis Demons The 3-Step System to Win More Matches without Working Harder By Dr. Michelle Cleere   What are the tennis demons? The tennis demons are those little voices... well really big voices that take over your head that create worries, doubts, fears, and negativity. For example, “There’s no way I am going to…

Distractions in tennis happen – learn to deal with them by being present

Take a walk in the woods. As you are walking, focus on the sights, sounds, and smells around you. While you are washing dishes, listen to the sound of the water, smell the soap, and feel the dish in your hand. Focus on the present moment and enjoy the peace and quiet away from phones, computers, and thoughts. Have you ever missed seeing…

Can’t I just be a girl?

It’s so hard for girls to be girls sometimes. The pressure to perform like boys is instilled by parents, coaches and boys. Fathers born with a girl often say, I was hoping for a boy who would play tennis. Coaches often compare girls ‘lack’ of skill to the skill they think a boy has. Boys say, you hit like a…

8 keys to Mentally Tough Tennis

“Mental toughness” is a phrase that is commonly used in all sports to describe the superior mental qualities of the competitor. Most elite athletes report that at least 50% of superior athletic performance is the result of mental or psychological factors, and a whopping 85% of coaches rate mental toughness as the most important set of psychological characteristics for determining competitive…

The Link between Coaching Philosophy and Motivation in Tennis Players

  Motivation can be defined as the direction and intensity of one’s efforts. Direction refers to why a person is involved in certain situations and why a person avoids other situations. Intensity is concerned with how much effort a person gives toward reaching a certain goal. 1 Questions around motivation include: why people participate; why do people discontinue participation; what…

Shifting gears from practice to competition

It is important that your tennis players learn how to shift mental and physical gears because there are numerous gears to shift and things to think about during a tennis match. Some of those gears include shifting from: offense to defense, from serve to receive, between points, baseline to net, etc. When it comes to shifting mental gears what I…

Mistakes Happen – Here is how to deal with them

Coaches, have you felt those feelings of regret that come along with making a mistake? It's common to feel a sense of frustration and anger after making a mistake particularly in a sport like tennis where you are responsible for every shot and there is no one else to blame. For example, if your first serve doesn't go in, you've…