Category Archives: Tennis Psychology

Tennis: Dinara Safina – Self Control

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It’s the US Open Ladies Singles Semi-Final. Heavy winds are making conditions difficult, for both Serena Williams and Dinara Safina. And Safina is not making life easy for herself, or her tennis racket. The racket is getting a pummelling, as Safina lets out her frustration. Bounced the racket off the court, after nearly every mistake, the Russian is not only… Read more »

Tennis: Rafael Nadal – Breaking The Stop Situation

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So, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, secures his first Wimbledon title. Winning out, in a gladiatorial contest with the five-times champion, where his will and resolve was tested to its absolute limit. Coming so soon after Spain’s triumph at Euro’ 2008, Nadal’s Wimbledon breakthrough, should come as no great surprise. The Spanish footballers success, broke a stop situation. That country had been… Read more »

Tennis: Andy Murray – A Stuart Pearce Moment!

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Andy Murray’s behaviour on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, on Monday evening, raised a number of eyebrows. The traditionalists, were disapproving, of his high-energy histrionics. Seeing them, as not in keeping, with the Wimbledon code of ethics and behaviour. Murray, however, was very successful, in empowering the Centre Court crowd, to raise their noise levels, to raise his game. The player and… Read more »

Tennis: Richard Gasquet – Distraction!

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It’s the third set of the Murray-Gasquet encounter on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Gasquet, outplaying Murray, needs to hold his serve to win, in straight sets. But, with the odds against him, Murray digs deep, and draws on the powerful well of support from the Centre Court crowd. In the games critical turning point, he breaks the Frenchman’s serve. And his… Read more »

Tennis: Ana Ivanovic – Pressure!

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So the French Champion, and number one seed, makes an early exit at Wimbledon, after a nervy, out of sorts display. In many ways this tournament probably came to soon for Ana Ivanovic. Too soon for her to adjust to her status of French Champion and rankings leader. To soon, to develop the mentality of a number one seed at… Read more »

Tennis: Novak Djokovic – Mental Preparation

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‘I think being on Centre Court motivated him and he was mentally there today – the opposite of me’. The words of disappointed Novak Djokovic, after a three sets defeat to Marat Safin. Perhaps, for the talented Djokovic, this was simply another match, in the demanding tennis roadshow. Where are we today? London. And so, when he tried to dig… Read more »

The Tennis Psychologist: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Breaking The Spell

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During the first set of the Australian Open tennis final, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played with the same authority, power and confidence that he demonstrated in his semi-final win over Rafael Nadal. He was still in ‘the zone’. Playing tennis as if in a dream. Looking unbeatable. As if he couldn’t miss. And didn’t. Then, somewhere in the second set, things changed…. Read more »

Tennis: The Champions Masterclass

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It’s the fifth set of the Wimbledon’s mens single final. Rafael Nadal is┬ápounding Roger Federer. He has vital break points at 2-2. It’s a pivotal┬ámoment in the game. The champion is on the ropes. Minutes later Federer heads for the chair 3-2 up. There is a spark in his eye. A spring in his step. And with it a sense… Read more »

Tim Henman – And Mr Henman

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Another summer. Another Wimbledon. Henman Hill packed with expectant fans. Living on hope. It’s been like this for years. Hope followed by disappointment. So what, if anything could Tim Henman have done differently to have broken his personal stop situation and taken the Wimbledon crown. If I had been providing sports psychology services for Tim, I would have suggested a… Read more »