Mental Fitness in Tennis

by on October 28, 2009
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Mental Fitness in Tennis, Federer, Sampras, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Nadal

If you do not concentrate on your game in tennis, you will lose the game. It does not matter how fast or strong you are, whether you are a beginner or experienced, the same applies. In order to be successful at tennis you have to be physically and mentally fit. In order to be physically and mentally fit, you will have to strive for strength, flexibility, speed and quickness.

Strength is purely a physical concept although it will also help to be strong when you are put under emotional pressure.

Flexibility allows the player to be in the correct position to return a shot being sent their way. A player that has mental flexibility allows his mind to be stretched similarly to how the body is stretched in physical flexibility. This mental flexibility allows the player to anticipate the return from his opposition quicker thereby allowing him to position his body for his shot quicker.

Speed is another part of mental fitness that allows the player to react to each shot timorously. Mental speed allows the players mind to keep up with the speed of the game.

Quickness is a physical trait of mental fitness that refers to the player’s ability to change direction speedily without losing control.

In conclusion, the mental fitness of the player plays a key role in the game irrespective of how physically fit or physically expert the player is. In order to improve their game, players must “get their head in the game”.

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