The best tennis players of our sport look and act extremely self-confident, but we forget that it might be completely different under the surface. 14-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal has been very outspoken earlier this year about his lack of self-confidence. What should player’s know about the importance of self-confidence?
Hello 2017! It’s the start of another exciting year!
2016 was a great sporting year for the U.K. – Team GB excelled at the Olympics and Sir Andy Murray and Jamie Murray, both World Number 1’s, have kept the flame alight for tennis.
But beyond gold medals and trophies, our 2016 sporting triumphs showed something else too, something that we can learn from in tennis and as tennis people. I’m using this learning to be my personal best in 2017.
Djokovic’s dominance at the top of the ratings is due not just to his extraordinary physical fitness but to his innovative approach to the mental side of tennis through Mindfulness meditation. No-one in the i2c office is trained in meditation techniques, but we’ve used our knowledge of Mindfulness meditation to get you started with a short 10 minute meditation.
The practice of “Mindfulness” has taken a hold on the tennis world. Mindfulness is a meditation and awareness practise that teaches people to non-judgementally recognise and observe their thoughts without trying to stop them.
Perhaps the most influential advocate is Novak Djokovic. It’s been said that Djokovic’s dominance at the top of the ratings is due not just to his extraordinary physical fitness but to his innovative approach to the mental side of tennis through Mindfulness meditation.
So what is Mindfulness meditation and why is it so attractive to tennis players? Whether you’re already a fan; or simply keen to take a look and decide if it’s something you’re interested in, we’ve put together a guide for tennis coaches, players and parents.