Category Archives: Tennis Psychology

Tennis Psychology: Naomi Osaka – Robotic!

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And so Naomi Osaka adds another Grand Slam title to her collection. A hard-fought best of three sets win over Petra Kvitova, showed that last autumn’s win at Flushing Meadows was no fluke. or one-off. What seems so impressive about Naomi is her sense of clarity. In the post match press conference, she explains a little about her inner process. “You… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Alexander Zverev – Meltdown!

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It’s the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, and Alexander Zverev is under the cosh. One set down to Milos Raonic. the number four seed is faring no better in the second set. When suddenly all his frustrations get the better of him. Four-one down and with his second serve failing him, the German goes into meltdown, and… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Andy Murray – Breaking The Stop Situation!

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And so the final curtain is set to be drawn on Andy Murray’s tennis career. He may have one or two final games left in the tank. But he will be carrying on in glorious spirit, rather than in able body. Murray joins the likes of Freddie Flintoff and Jonny Wilkinson, in paying a big physical price for carrying the… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Naomi Osaka – Sulking!

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It’s the aftermath of Naomi Osaka’s Brisbane Open loss to Leisa Tsurenko. A poor performance from the US Open Champion, has led to some frank admissions in the press conference. “I feel like I had the worst attitude today,” she said. “I feel like I didn’t really know how to cope with not playing well. I don’t know … I… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Roger Federer – One More Moment!

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The Virgin Queen Elizabeth !, said on her death bed, ‘I would give all my worldly possessions, for one more precious moment of life’. A sentiment that came to mind at Melbourne yesterday evening. After a titanic struggle with Rafael Nadal. Roger Federer secured his eighteenth Grand Slam. As the umpire called game, set and match, Roger looked joyous. moved,… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Novak Djokovic – Beyond Tennis!

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It’s not unusual anymore for sports professionals to work with psychologists. The mind plays such a critical part in sporting success. They also work with therapists, to look to heal difficult and challenging personal issues from the past, It is unusual. however, for a top player to bring a spiritual guru into their team. Which is exactly what Novak Djokovic… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Nick Kyrgios – Bored!

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Its the Shanghai Masters. And Nick Kyrgios is making an early exit. His defeat to world number 110, Mischa Zyerev would only be a shock if the Australian was giving it 100%. Which he isnt. Complaining of boredom and tiredness, Nick once again incurs the wrath of the Australian sporting community with an un-committed performance. And of course the pundits… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Andy Murray – You Should Be In Bed!

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It’s late Saturday night in Melbourne Park. Jamie Murray has just secured his first mens doubles title. In the players box recording his victory speech is his brother Andy. A nice touch. Apart from one thing. The next day Andy will be in the Mens Singles Final against the force that is Novak Djokovic. Is this the best mental, physical… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Angelique Kerber – The Steffi Graff Effect!

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So Angelique Kerber secures her first Grand Slam title.  Holding her nerve to win the third set. when she might have been expected to buckle under Serena’s big-game pressure. It turns out that Kerber received a textual message from her idol Steffi Graff on the morning of the match. Can a textual message win a player a Grand Slam? Not… Read more »

Tennis Psychology – Novak Djokovic: The Sanctuary Of Success

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It’s Novak Djokovic talking to courtside interviewer Jim Courier, straight after his outstanding Australian Open semi-final win over Roger Federer. Courier is discussing Novak’s current frame of mind. He asks if his quarter-final five set struggle against the awkward Gilles Simon left him with any lingering self-doubts. Novak is very clear. ‘Your convictions have to be stronger than your doubts’ is… Read more »