Sports Performance

Match Preparation 5 Tips for Success

Match Preparation 5 Tips for Success

Matchday can be stressful for a lot of athletes. Tennis can be somewhat unpredictable; you might play the best match of your life and walk away second best. It's all about controlling the controllable. Of course, strategy and game plans are critical pieces of the...

Creating Strong Female Athletes

Creating Strong Female Athletes

Femininity by definition is: The quality or nature of the female sex (Merriam-Webster). Coaches who work with enough female players will inevitably run into an issue that can plague many careers, the fear of gaining too much muscle and getting ‘too big’. As women’s...

Dealing With Injuries and the Return to Competition

Dealing With Injuries and the Return to Competition

Tennis is a very demanding sport as it requires a lot of volume/intensity in terms of training (on-court and off-court) and tournaments on varied surfaces during almost all the year. Because professional tournaments are played in 36 different countries, jet-lag and...

The Fear of Failing – Meike Babel

The Fear of Failing – Meike Babel

Obviously, it’s never fun to fail, which in tennis means missing a shot, losing a game, set or even the whole match. The biggest underlying fear I have, looking at my career in retrospect and now working as a mental skills coach is that I don’t want to look...

Why Winning Young Doesn’t Matter

Why Winning Young Doesn’t Matter

“But we’re investing so much money, we really need to see a return on our investment!” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the above or variations thereof from parents of kids 14 and under. And I don’t know how many times their daughter or son stands right...

What Martina Navrtilova Taught Me About Breathing

What Martina Navrtilova Taught Me About Breathing

People often ask me who my favorite player of all time. Hands down, Martina Navratilova! I will never forget my first time meeting her. I was 16 years old and had received the wildcard for the tournament in Filderstadt (the one where the winner gets a Porsche). Prior...

The Most Radical Mental Skill: Kindness Towards Yourself

The Most Radical Mental Skill: Kindness Towards Yourself

I know, I know…many roll their eyes when they hear the word self-kindness or self-compassion in the context of sports. After all, when talking about sports we’re inundated with terms that conjure up feelings quite the opposite of kindness–we’re going to war, fighting...

A Player’s Challenge | In Weakness Gain Strength

A Player’s Challenge | In Weakness Gain Strength

In divine scriptures it is revealed ‘power is made perfect in weakness’ and ‘for when I am weak, then I am strong.’1 Apostle Saint Paul’s motto may be adapted to the sports context, for it is fear of ‘weakness’ that may deprive an athlete from reaching his/her full...

In the Moment

In the Moment

I had the opportunity to meet Torben Ulrich, the great Danish Davis Cup player years ago in NY for a workshop on Ballplaying and the Buddhist Approach to Tennis. His philosophy is wrapped up in his response when he played the great Pancho Gonzalez and the reporter...

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