It is based on general and sports psychology and then applied to tennis specifically.
There are many common elements in the psychology of tennis which can be found in other sports too.An athlete that wants to perform at his peak needs to learn:
1. How to control his thinking
By being more and more aware of what he is thinking a player can then change his thoughts to a more positive and solution based thinking. The awareness of our thoughts is quite a challenge in the tennis psychology approach.
2. How to control his arousal - to manage his intensity and body energy
Learning to find the "ideal state" is the key in controlling one's arousal and one of the most important aspects of tennis psychology.
3. What elements of the tennis game can a player control
By being focused on these events he wastes his energy which could be used on elements that he can control - his attitude and effort, how he intends to play, …
4. How to improve concentration
5. How to use visualization
Using imagery is an incredibly efficient technique, not only in tennis sports psychology but in everyday life too.
6. How to build confidence
When a player builds his confidence he is able to play at his best and doesn't lose his hope when a big challenge appears.
7. How to find and get rid of limiting beliefs
Having no limiting beliefs means that the player is in total acceptance of everything that happens. Outside events are just events with no meaning. Tennis psychology helps the player to accept and deal with them.
8. How to empty the mind - Inner Game of tennis principles to enter the zone
These are the fundaments of tennis psychology and by understanding these principles and applying them daily a player develops mental toughness. He knows how to apply the tools and as a very positive side effect gains a lot of self confidence.
He now knows that he has ways of dealing with his own mind and that most of his competitors do not. He is aware that he has the edge in the most stressful situations in the match and that gives him self confidence.
By constant application of these tools a player becomes more and more proficient with them and finds his ideal mental state very quickly if he happens to lose it. These losses of ideal state happen less and less often.
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