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MINDSET MONDAY: BE BRAVE IN TIGHT SITUATIONS

MINDSET MONDAY 4 10 2017

Start the week off with the right mindset! Every Monday we share some key insights from the top players past and present. This week, be like Serena Williams and be brave during the tight situations.

Serena has 23 grand slam titles and has won more than any other person except for Margaret Court at 24. The odds are good that Williams will surpass 24 before she retires. But how does Serena do it? How does she stay brave during the tight moments? Well, we can't promise you Serena like success but the following tips may help you play better tennis during the tense moments.

 

1. Visualization- Visualization is a technique in which the imagination is used to prepare an athlete for a favorable outcome. The athlete imagines a positive result of the competition before it happens. If done correctly, the athlete should feel more relaxed during the competition and be able to perform his or her best. Believe it or not, visualization does work to a certain degree. Try it.

 

2. Play tiebreaks- A great way to perform well under pressure is practice while under pressure. Play tie-breaks. Play lots of them. The key is not to win all of the tie-breaks. The key is to be able to play the tie-breaks while staying relaxed. If you are relaxed you can focus on your strategy and execution of your strategy.

 

3. Play lots of matches- Have you ever heard the expression "match tough?" A match tough player is a player that has played and won lots of matches. He or she has a match rhythm. Match tough players are kinda on auto pilot. They are able to relax a little more than their opponent that isn't match tough.

 

4. Never give up- Last but not least, never give up. If you are in a tight and tense situation, never give up. Your opponent is likely a little tight as well. If you keep fighting and do the best you can, win or lose you go home a better competitor.

 

Don't waste time. Follow these tips and you too will be able to brave in tight situations.

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