Dr. Gabe Morris-Seales
Game, Set, Mental Match
Tennis is a game usually played between two or four players, all trying to win. Take a more in-depth look; tennis is a pathway or healthier route that gives the youths of our generation a chance to escape the rigors of daily life where the strong temptations of drugs, gang violence, and sex are present by replacing them with life lessons such as critical thinking, problem solving, accomplishment, and hard work. Tennis matches often are a battle of strategy and how hard a player can hit a ball. Granted that strategy and talent level are important the psychological toughness of players often determines who will triumph when the players are of approximately one and the same talent. Mental stoutness is often the decisive factor because so few players have a grasp or control of themselves and their emotions on the court, and this is directly related to the simple fact that there are no specific ways to rehearse the mental side of the tennis game. The biggest entity that separates the paramount great players and respectably good players is how they approach every single point. When a player comes to every point not distressing about the last one he has an abundantly superior chance of winning than the player who gets ready to play still frustrated and exasperated.
Many dynamics contribute to success on the tennis court: dexterity, tactic, experience and mental toughness. Tennis matches are not merely decided by talent; conceptual durability more than likely determines the winner. Although this is important it will not triumph over massive skill differences, but in competitions that are balanced in talent mental determination is often the winning factor. Many high level tennis matches are long and grueling for both sides, this is because there are so many points and each point is intense.
Players need to have a long memory of the good points and a short memory on the bad points. I talked...